Re: 7th day adventists and life extension

David A. Kekich (
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 13:13:37 -0400

david gobel wrote:

> Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe the Bible teaches the existence of an
> immaterial/immortal soul. We believe that we are entirely composed of
> material found on Earth (adham=Earthling-clay-human in hebrew), and when
> (sadly) we die, we are recycled to dirt. Jehovah's Witnesses' position on
> life is that we want to prolong it because it is a really cool gift. Kinda
> necessary in fact. We want to live forever. We believe that was the original
> intention. We will accept any medical procedure or method which has proven
> to be beneficial in double blind studies with ONE well publicized exception.
> We don't smoke. We don't take non-prescription addictive or hallucinogenic
> drugs.

My mother was a Jehova Witness. That is, until she died last March, because she refused a transfusion. The doctors unamamously agreed 4 units of blood would have saved her. Her "brothers" and "sisters" hung around the hospital like a pack of vultures, making sure she wouldn't get blood. It was her wish, and we wouldn't violate it, but her mysticism finally killed her after suffering for 3 weeks in ICU.