Originally posted by twhitehead
What are your views on disfellowshiping in general? Do you think it is a good thing? Would you support the disfellowshiping of another member in certain circumstances?
Well, we 'disfellowship' criminals by putting them in prison for years, that is pretty clear. But should the same kind of thing happen when religious rules are violated? My feeling is the rules themselves should be examined VERY closely and most of these so-called rules be made optional.
This religious based rule of no blood transfusion is similar to Jewish rules on eating pork, but at least ATT eating pork could result in death, so it was encoded in Jewish law. Like I said, these rules should be re-evaluated in light of modern science which now knows in the case of pork the problem was caused by a parasite and we have taken care of that problem basically once and for all.
In the case of blood transfusion, JW's may have some kind of superstitious feeling about blood from another person somehow invading the spirit of the person receiving the blood, I would imagine.
Therefore that rule needs to be re-evaluated because there is no word from a deity on that issue, just some suppositions of the early JW church.