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The Jehovah’s Witness publication ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ discusses the issue of blood transfusions in Chapter 13. Paragraph 11 reads: We show respect for blood by not eating it... Jehovah’s view was clear: His servants could eat animal meat but not the blood. They were to pour the blood on the ground—in effect, returning the creature’s life ...


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Yes, Mormons believe in gifts and miracles of both spiritual and physical healing in these days. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a talk in 2010 called Healing the Sick. The whole talk is relevant to your question but here's a snippet (not sorry for making it essentially my whole answer): Latter-day Saints believe in ...


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There are many recorded instances in the Bible of healing, from Old Testament stories of Naaman having to dip seven times into the muddy Jordan river, to the New Testament story of the woman with an issue of blood who was healed only by reaching out her hand to touch Jesus's garment. In the book of Acts, the people are healed as they merely lay in the shadow ...


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This was apparently Jesus way of teaching us that our rewards are commensurate with our faith: All Scriptures are from the King James translation. In verse 24 the man could see but only partially, that was probably because he had heard of Jesus healing power, but was still skeptical. In verse 25 he had experienced Jesus healing power, and then expected that ...


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Demons can say pretty much whatever they want, lying or telling the truth as it suits them. Jesus had already been accused of consorting with demons by such groups as the Sanhedrin (for example, in Matthew 12:24). He refuted those claims, of course, but they kept coming up, so it's likely that at least some people believed them. In that context, a demon ...


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Mainstream Christianity counteracts the Jehovah’s Witness stance of refusing whole blood transfusions by biblical exegesis and also by examining the continuing changes in JW policy. Biblical Exegesis: In Acts 15: vss 20 & 21, that little word, 'for', shows the importance of context if we are to understand what went before it. I am not aware of any JW ...


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DEV--Don's Edited Version The answer to your question comes from Jesus, and also from the words of John in the verse you quoted. John's words: John assumed that because the unnamed exorcist was not in the inner circle of the Twelve that his exorcism could not therefore be on the "up and up." Jesus' words: In essence, Jesus told John (and all the other ...


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Thanks for your question. While the Wikipedia page is an adequate description, I recommend you also look at the webpage of the Christian Science church itself to see how they describe their own beliefs to the public, Www.ChristianScience.com. And you can refer to Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy for the complete explanation ...


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TL;DR: Milk before meat. Deep doctrine is dangerous to an unprepared soul. "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." (see 1 Corinthians 3:1-3) Christ taught in parables [as did Isaiah] so that the spiritually immature and spiritually mature could both benefit from the message....


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The overwhelming majority of Christians, based on their understanding of the Bible, see nothing wrong with seeking medical advice and help. There are, however, a few passages which may deter people from seeking medical advice. And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his ...


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An article from Truth Magazine (I am just quoting the article, not advocating a website unknown to me) states in its conclusion two main points which I believe are the main arguments against refraining from saving life by transfusion. (1) They cannot show that eating blood (even if sinful now) and blood transfusions are the same. Blood transfusions save ...


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I don't think there's any reason to suppose he restricted healings or other miracles to the sabbath. It seems he was much more free with his healings (cf. Mat. 9:35ff) and with his commands about healing (cf. Mat. 10:7f). But one instance is enough to disprove the hypothesis: Jesus healed the ear of the servant in Luke 22:49f. Then according to 22:66, he ...


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This is what I heard from some pastors. Here are some reasons why some are healed but some are not. The will of God: Sometimes, no matter how much you pray no healing will take place. On other occasions, even a simple and short prayer heals the person instantly. Though God is able to heal anyone at anytime, God works according to His own will and His plan. ...


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Jews did not necessarily think it was immoral to have leprosy, but most scholars and Biblical commentaries agree that it was a common belief among the Jewish people of Jesus' day that leprosy, as well as disease and disability in general, was caused by sin. Old Testament evidence In the Old Testament, there are a number of passage that say doctors are of ...


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The Bible was written down about two thousand years ago, when nothing was known about "Chromosome defects". So the Bible writers didn't record whether any of the people Jesus healed had chromosome defects. Nor did they give us enough information to work our for ourselves if they had them.


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"This assumes that the request is in God's will, which I think is a safe assumption for healing (?)." This is a safe assumption based on the life and works of Jesus. Jesus is the exact representation of the Father and as such revealed the Father's will to heal in never refusing to heal someone who came to Him and never suggesting that someone needs to wait ...


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Yes, mormons believe in physical healings. All Melchizedek priesthood holders–which constitutes most faithful men aged 18+ in the church–carry with them a small vial of oil, which has been consecrated for the healing of the sick and the afflicted. Blessings are given to those in need of physical healing, and there are no shortage of accounts or miracles of ...


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Just to add some more examples of Jesus doing (only) as much as people asked/believed. These (allusions—they are not the complete story) are instances where Jesus did only what people asked him to do, even though he certainly could have done more. The centurion told Jesus he didn't need to come to his house, he could heal his servant from afar. Matthew 8:...


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There are many accounts of people being healed in the Scriptures. It seems that God sometimes used this to authenticate His message or His messenger. Other times, it seems to be just an act of compassion. The resurrection of Jesus is the most significant miracle, of course, and it is certainly not fantasy. There is ample evidence to support the ...


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In the matter of how far is too far when allowing doctors to heal us, when what you do is in violation of gods commandments. In Acts 15:28&29 we see that the command to have nothing to do with blood is still relevent: "For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you except these necessary things: 29 to keep ...


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The Bible repeatedly refers to honey as a good thing – for example, the land promised to the Israelites is regularly referred to as "a land flowing with milk and honey" (e.g., Exodus 3:8). But in such cases honey is more clearly a reference to wealth or sweetness, not necessarily physical healing. The clearest connection between honey and physical healing ...


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It seems that it has more involved than just Acts 15:28-29. The following is my attempt to try and answer this question based on my findings but if anyone has more on this I am open to what they have to give. The Jehovah's Witnesses book What Does the Bible Really Teach, it talks about Misuse of blood - Genesis 9:4; Acts 15:20 & 28-29. Later in the ...


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Here is an article published by Jehovah’s Witnesses that explains their basis for refusing to have whole blood transfused: What Does the Bible Say About Blood Transfusions? (See NOTE 1) The Bible commands that we not ingest blood. So we should not accept whole blood or its primary components in any form, whether offered as food or as a transfusion. Note ...


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As for your first question: When Jesus says something happened in the history of His people, Israel, you can rest assured it happened. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the one who knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. Nothing in history escapes His notice. As for your second question: The lepers who ...


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Well the context of this passage is that "no prophet is accepted in his own country." (Luke 4:23) There are people who are not IN the fold of Jesus who believe on Him more than the ones who are supposed to be of His fold. But like Naaman and the widow in Elijah's time, they believed unto the LORD and became part of His fold. Because of this faith, Naaman was ...


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Great question. I found a few scriptures that partially satisfy your parameters, but the only one that really suggests that miracles/healing were adversely affected by a lack of faith is below: And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what ...


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I am assuming you don't mind conjugations of ἰάομαι. The First Epistle of Peter uses it in a way that seems to necessitate a spiritual meaning: when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died ...


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In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus attributes the man's sickness to his sin -- "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee" -- which means it arose as the result of some behaviour of his that was counter to the commandments of God. In John 9:1-11, however, Jesus says that neither the blind man nor his parents had sinned, so his disability was attributable to the accumulated ...


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The answer to your question may be right there in the same chapter of Luke: Luke 9:12 through 17 NKJV Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, "Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place." 13 But he said to them, "You give ...


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As to your point about distinguishing between eating blood and medical usage of it I found a question from readers in 6-15-2004 Watchtower that was somewhat helpful particularly the portion below Most people in ancient times would not have been troubled over the consuming of blood, as we can see from the writings of Tertullian (second and third ...


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