WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, THE SYMBOL OF SOMETHING OR THE THING ITSELF?

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 6/1/1962 pp. 329-330 par. 3 – Why Be Baptized?

Being a symbol of something else, it obviously is not as important as what it symbolizes

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 1/1/2007 p. 23 par. 12 – “You Must Become Nothing but Joyful”

Then he had the goat led off into the wilderness to carry away the nation’s sins in a symbolic way

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 2/15/2003 p. 17 par. 1 – What Does the Lord’s Evening Meal Mean to You?

The Memorial emblems of unleavened bread and red wine symbolize Christ’s sinless body and his shed blood—the only sacrifice that can redeem mankind from inherited sin and death

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 1/15/2000 p. 16 par. 9 – “Desirable Things” Are Filling Jehovah’s House

Since Jesus’ human flesh was a barrier, it was well symbolized by the curtain that separated the Holy from the Most Holy in God’s ancient temple.

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 3/1/1999 p. 19 par. 7 – Jehovah’s Blessing on Our “Land”

Just as the symbolic altar is in the very center of the spiritual temple, Christ’s ransom sacrifice is central to pure worship.

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 2/15/1991 p. 12 par. 10 – A Corresponding Ransom for All

Paul could thus write that “it is not possible for the blood of bulls and of goats to take sins away.” Such sacrifices serve simply as a pictorial, or symbolic, covering in anticipation of the ransom that was to come.

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 12/1/1969 p. 716 par. 16 Final Woes to Enemies of Peace with God

It would result in death as symbolized by shed blood.

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 3/15/1965 p. 166 par. 9 – Who Will Be Resurrected—Why?

the symbolic “lake of fire and sulphur”

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 12/15/1965 pp. 742-743 par. 7 – Neglecting the House of the Creator…

The presence of Jehovah God at this temple was symbolized by… the Shekinah light

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 7/1/1962 p. 395 par. 17 – Fellow Rulers with the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah”

He did bind his kingly claims to a symbolic vine, a spiritual vine, namely, God’s kingdom.

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 3/15/1959 p. 180 – Part 10—”Your Will Be Done on Earth”

symbolic Serpent, Satan the Devil,

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 11/15/1955 p. 689 par. 6 “Jehovah Is in His Holy Temple”

Jehovah’s presence in his holy temple was symbolized by the ark of his covenant

NOT THE SYMBOL – The Watchtower 2/15/1952 p. 105 par. 14 – The Memorial—Are You Entitled to Partake?

The rock from which the Israelites drank merely pictured or symbolized Christ

But when it comes to ‘blood’ the opposite is said, that the symbol (blood) is more important than the life it represents:

– The Watchtower 11/1/2011 p. 17 – How Do God’s Laws Benefit Us?

Blood is sacred because God says that it represents the life, or soul, of a creature

– The Watchtower 6/15/1978 pp. 29-30 – Questions From Readers

The life-representing blood did not belong to Noah and his family but belonged to the Life-Giver.

– The Watchtower 9/1/1971 p. 531 par. 6 – Joyous Results of Maintained Integrity

So she refused to permit transfusions to be given… “I would rather die faithful to Jehovah God than to violate his command in order to live a little while longer.” This girl did die…

– 1990 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses p. 44

Possibly she would die. Yet Mary would answer: “I would prefer to die than to take blood.”

– 1975 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Wtinesses p. 224 – Part 3—United States of America

Darrell and Rhoda Labrenz correctly viewed blood transfusion as a violation of God’s law

– What Does the Bible Really Teach? Chap. 13 p. 130 pars. 14-15 – A Godly View of Life

Suppose doctors say that he must have a blood transfusion or he will die… Would a Christian break God’s law just to stay alive a little longer in this system of things?

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