No Substitute for Blood – Christ Church at Grove Farm

No Substitute for Blood

By Richard Curtis

This sign hangs on the wall at the Central Blood Bank in Moon Township where I donate blood. Did you know that modern medical science has not come up with a substitute for human blood necessary for blood transfusions?

“The attempt to develop a viable blood substitute spans more than 7 decades.” “…to date, no oxygen-carrying blood substitutes are approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration. This fact highlights not only the challenges that exist in formulating an effective blood substitute but also the immense potential that exists in this field.” *

How complicated can a liquid be? Did evolution through natural selection and random drift really come up with a liquid so important to life, and the brightest scientific minds aided by 21st century technology cannot replicate it?

Blood is mentioned 392 times in the New International Version of the Holy Bible, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it is something special in God’s eyes. In Leviticus 17:11 scripture says “For the life of a creature is in the blood…”

More importantly, not only is there no substitute for blood in earthly life, scripture says there is no substitute for human blood to ensure eternal life. From Romans 3:25, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”

“… from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood…” Revelation 1:5

* (March 31, 2016)

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