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Can I Make An Organ Donation

Hi guys, I would really like your view on Organ Donations. Should we as christian donate our organs when we die? I am a bit confused about this issue, I would like to, but not sure if God approves. I pray that God will speak through you guys, and I will pray and seek Him as well.

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i honestly do not think in my opinion that God would disapprove of you donating an organ when you die. When we die, our bodies go back to dust, from what God created us, and our soul is not in that body anymore, we are judged by god and then are in heaven or hell, i think that this is more just a personal choice, if you are comfortable donating after you die, I would say that that is a good choice in my opinion, because that person you donated to, say they were a christian and would die without that organ, they could go on and hopefully minister to others in this world.
---nicole on 8/4/09

*I wouldn't like to think they were in a deep coma*only to have their chances taken from them because of my own selfish needs!
---Carla3939 on 7/27/09

An organ donor must be "brain dead" as established by an EEG, which measures brain activity. If there is no brain activity, the total body will also die as soon as life support is removed.
---Donna66 on 7/27/09

I just want to inform most of you who don't know is that they person cannot be completely dead the organ has to be taken from the person who is being kept alive through a machine or is brain dead but their heart is still beating!

I don't know how comfortable I would be taking someone heart lung liver kidney whilst they still breathe, I would like to think they were just in a deep coma!

For that reason I would have to give up my understanding in donating or accepting and allow God to do his will with my life.
---Carla3939 on 7/27/09

Everything that we are is God's, and since God loves each of us, then we should give of ourselves with the unconditional love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
---ben on 9/27/07

You will need a flatbed truck and about six large, burly men to help you. Strong tiedowns (bungy cords), and rope - I hope the organ has wheels attached.
---Rural_Cafe on 3/28/07


Can you think of just one reason why God might not approve of you giving someone the gift of sight or life it's self?

When you are dead, you won't need them any more. If you are talking about a living donation (eg, kidney) that is a personal decision between you, the needy party and your doctor.

Jesus gave his life blood so that we might live. That is the ultimate donation.
---Bruce5656 on 3/28/07

I am a student at a high school in England, & I believe that Jesus accepts all organ donation, as it helps others to live... =)
---Eddie on 12/1/05

I think that it is okay for us to donate our organs. We won't need them when we die. And we will have a new, perfect body when Christ comes back for us. Donating will help someone else to live.
---April on 11/21/05

I do not see anything wrong with helping someone else out with our body parts if we can.I'm leaving my parts if they can get to them in time. I'd also like to say no charge to the one who gets them, and a tag that says "God Loves You" I will be getting a new body in Heaven.
---Linda3939 on 7/16/05

1. i am sorry i had made a grammatical mistake in the former reply. it is corrected as follows.
flesh might be the boat of soul.if one's flesh is too old to take his soul, but parts of it could be used to mend the other's boat,we should make a choice.
2. 1Co 15:34-15:39
---c on 7/3/05

Perhaps we should consider those who are otherwise healthy, but need a replacement body part to give them full health.
Don't you think they might feel a bit queasy about what is happening to their body without that part?
Jesus gave everything for us, and for our neighbour. He said we should be like Him. Giving up body parts after death will save lives ... and it will not even hurt us.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/3/05

You may change your mind if one day YOU need an organ to live bro! Blessings Eloy.

You sure get queasy easily! I'll remember that if I ever want to gross you out!
---NVBarbara on 7/3/05

i like that way, to be buried the day after death. Talking of organs and stuff is getting me queasy, and if anyone wants to donate body parts, just exclude me.
---Eloy on 7/3/05

Eloy, going back to an earlier statement on this blog.Spices and wrapping to keep the smell down til one is buried was a custom. Even now,Jews don't embalm, and are buried the day after they die if possible. On the other hand what is done to our bodies when we die is close to mutilation. All the blood drained, and filled with formaldehyde, not to mention autopsies!My useful organs will be removed,then I'll be cremated.Why burn useful organs that could give another life?
---NVBarbara on 7/2/05

I would appreciate your response to what I have said below.
---Bruce5656 on 6/30/05

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Hi Mary, I do not understand why organ donation would not be christian. Let me tell you something.10 years ago a child was hit by a car and killed his family donated his organs. I am the recepient of his liver. I grieve for his famiy, but because of their unselfishness, my children did not loose their mother. i know in my heart these people are blessed for what they have done. I write often to thank them for the gift of life.
---patty on 6/26/05


There are many things that are not specifically described in scripture. That is why we study Roman and Jewish ancient history. Things that would make no sense to us can be understood through these studies. (Are you familiar with orientalisms?)

We are told (in the KJV) Jesus was scourged. Matt 27:26 The word is phragelloo {frag-el-lo'-o} Thayers Lexicon notes that this is from the latin flagello

Here are some quotes that will dispel the myth that Jesus had a simple whipping.
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

FLAVIOUS JOSEPHUS noted that certain rebel Jews were torn to pieces by the scourge before being crucified (The Jewish War 1-111 Cambridge Mass, Harvard Press, 1927 and Jewish Antiquities books IX-XI Cambridge Mass.: Harvard Press, 1937).
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

Roman historian Livy The Romans employed scourging as torture or punishment to extract information or testimony (Livy x.9 from the Westminster Dictionary of the Bible pg. 538)
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

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Romans inflicted scourging on recalcitrant slaves or prisoners for withholding information and on criminals condemned to death by crucifixion. (New Catholic Encyclopedia 2003 p.756)
EUSABIOUS OF CEASARE, their bodies were frightfully lacerated. Christian martyrs in Smyrna were so torn by the scourges that their veins were laid bare, and the inner muscles, sinews, even entrails, were exposed. (Westminster Dict. of the Bible p.538)

That, my friend, is what scourging is all about.
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

When Isaiah said by his stripes we are healed he wasnt waxing poetic. Remember the sacrificial lamb had to be butchered. Jesus was THE lamb. The ultimate sacrifice. It seems that a simple death was not appropriate for one who was dying for the sins of the world.

Isaiah 53:7, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is BROUGHT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER,"
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

Isaiah 53:5, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:"
Isaiah 53:10, "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:"

BRUISE/BRUISED: 01792 daka' {daw-kaw'}

Translated in the AV 18 times - break 3, break in pieces 3, crush 3, bruise 2, destroy 2, contrite 1, smite 1, oppress 1, beat to pieces 1, humble 1;

Meaning: to crush, be crushed, be contrite, be broken
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

He was so beaten up and yes, mutilated, ( by one definition: to cut up, destroy, or alter radically) that those who saw him were appalled

Isaiah 52:14, "As many were ASTONIED (08074 shamem {shaw-mame'}to be desolate, be appalled, stun, stupefy) at thee; his visage was so MARRED MORE THAN ANY MAN, and his form MORE THAN THE SONS OF MEN:"
---Bruce5656 on 6/26/05

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Eloy ... you are quite right ... although the the NIV refers to flogging, the KJV does not. Instead it says scourged. Now that is more than just whipping.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 6/26/05

Shaz, Jesus' body rose from the grave, so too will our temples of God rise from the grave likewise, even as Lazarus was called forward from the dead. "For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so will we ever be with the Lord." I Thessalonians 4:16,17.
---Eloy on 6/26/05

Bruce, Flogging is not in the Bible. i will always stick with what is written in Scriptures only. i appreciate your input.
---Eloy on 6/25/05

The ambulance service is privatly owned. The owner charges close to $1,000 just to take you from your home to an hospital. Regardless if you live 5 miles away or 20 miles away from the hosptial. The doctor I went to see about a breast problem. He is an OBGYN plus an MD. He went to school half his life. It wouldn't do anygood to protest. Many have tried and failed.
---Rebecca_D on 6/24/05

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I suggest you go back to the books on this one. Here is the Wikipedia deff. of flogging:
"In the Roman Empire, flagellation was often used as a prelude to crucifixion, and in this context is sometimes referred to as scourging. Whips with small pieces of metal or bone at the tips were commonly used. In addition to causing severe pain, the victim would be made to approach a state of hypovolemic shock, due to loss of blood."
This goes far beyond a whipping.
---Bruce5656 on 6/24/05

Our bodies do not go to heaven. It is our spirit. We will have a new body in heaven.
I think God would approve of organ donation. Organ donation helps many people improve thier lifes. We will not need our organs when dead so why would we not want to help others if we could?
---Shaz on 6/24/05

Not sure how relevant some of the answers I've read actually are to the question. I believe God approves of organ donation. 1, organs aren't harvested until we die; 2, we don't need our organs once body's dead. I'm an organ donor and made that decision fully aware of the peace God gave me about it. Donating organs means helping others God has created.
---Heather on 6/24/05

Doctors go to school for approx. 8 years, depending on their speciality, not half their life. Its THEM and the hospitals that set rates, mostly so high because of all the Malpractice Ins. they have to carry to cover their blunders. They ALL make too much money IMO.OUR Ins. goes sky high and covers less!
It is a crying shame that the people who often save patients in accidents etc are paid at such a low scale, they should Unionize or protest!
---NVBarbara on 6/24/05

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Bruce, mutilated comes from the word maim, and as in organ donation means, dismemberment or removal of an essential body part. Thus Jesus was not mutilated, he was crucified, but not dismembered at all. Also i totally disagree with your part 3, it is not Scriptural, for whipping is not the ripping out of the flesh but it is striking the body with a rope or a cord or a leather belt and leaving stripes upon the flesh.
---Eloy on 6/24/05

It is a shame, the doctors go to school for half their life to perform surguries, but yet, they (hospitals) charge so much on everything. In WV, a paramadic and a RN have the same schooling, but the RN has a degree, while the paramadic has a certificate, but yet the RN makes about $18-20 hr, while the paramadic makes under $7.00 hr, for 48 hr shifts. And yet the wonder why we don't have alot of parmadics. My husband is an EMT and we couldn't make a living on that alone.
---Rebecca_D on 6/24/05

You have to pay for the organ, doctor, hostpial stay, surgery, medication, if you have to fly to some other hospital, you have to pay all expenses the doctor and the hospital gets all the money the family don't see a dime, expect it going out of their pocket. the person who needs the transplant has to pay for everything. Unless they have insurance and some will only cover a portion of the bill. I had a kidney stone blasted and it itself was $8,000. It is a shame.
---Rebecca_D on 6/24/05

flesh might be the boat of soul.if one's flesh is old enough to take his soul, but parts of it could be used to mend the other's boat,we should make a choice.
---c on 6/23/05

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Not mutilated? No broken bones, true, but not mutilated?
"And some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and TO BEAT HIM WITH THEIR FISTS And the officers received Him with SLAPS IN THE FACE," (Mark 14:65).
". . . So His appearance was MARRED MORE THAN ANY MAN, and HIS FORM MORE THAN THE SONS OF MEN," (Isaiah 52:14).
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

"I gave My BACK TO THOSE WHO STRIKE ME, and My cheeks to those WHO PLUCK OUT THE BEARD; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting," (Isaiah 50:6).
"Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus SCOURGED, he delivered Him to be crucified," (Matt. 27:26).

Matthew Slick describes scourging:
Next, Jesus was stripped of His clothing and then scourged.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

In scourging, a soldier used a whip called a flagrum consisting of leather straps embedded with metal and glass fragments with small metal balls sewn into the end of each thong. This whip was brought down with full force and when struck against the back of Jesus, was pulled thus tearing the skin off, exposing muscle, and maybe even exposing His very bones.

Undoubtedly, His back was reduced to an oozing mass of mutilated flesh. Scourging
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

stops when it is determined that the victim is near death or 39 lashes was reached.
"And after weaving a CROWN OF THORNS, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Matt. 27:29). Isaiah 53:5, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:" Bruised is from the Hebrew daka = to crush, be crushed.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

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Brutally beaten to the extent he was unrecognizable, scourged, nails in his hands and feet, the ripping and tearing of his connective tissue as he hung on the cross, spear in the side, loss of blood etc, etc. He was slaughtered.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

My point is that in spite of the mutilation, in his resurrected form he was whole. Yes he had the holes in his hands and side but I am convinced that He allowed them to remain for our sake. That we might ever be reminded of the extent of his sacrifice.

However, feelings about organ donation aside, let there be no question about it, Jesus was mutilated.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

Rebecca D, do they have to pay for the organ, or for the operation to have the organ put in? Or do they have to pay for both? And if you do have to pay for the organ itself, does the money go to the family of the guy who donated it? Do you have to pay to get blood too?
---bethie on 6/23/05

Sue-I know exactly how you feel. I used to feel the same way. In reality it is illegal for a doctor not to do all in his/her power to keep the patient alive if they think that the person can be saved. I don't know what to say to "talk you out of that attitude" except just to pray and ask God to give you the right attitude that you need in this area. Know that God has only our best interest in mind and HE never makes any mistakes. He will take care His children if that situation ever comes up.
---Misty on 6/23/05

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SUE ..there are adequate safeguards against that
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/23/05

This may sound crazy, but I dont want my kids or husband (or me!)to be a donor because I'm afraid if they get in an accident the doctors wont work hard to save their lives because the doctors will want their organs to do an operation on another for $ or whatever. Please talk me out of this attitude!
---sue on 6/23/05

Bruce, Jesus' body is not mutilated but rather completely whole and intact, he took it back up into heaven with him, and not even one bone of his body was broken during the crucifiction. Our bodies are not mere shells, but a redeemed body is most precious and is the holy temple of God created by him and for him, even the hairs of our head are all numbered by him.
---Eloy on 6/23/05

I plan on being an organ donor, I know if I needed a kidney or lung, I'd like one to be available. I am also a strong supporter of donating blood, that too can save a life, and it's something we can do now.
---bethie on 6/23/05

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Why do you prefer not to "mutilate" the body? In what sense does it matter what happens to your empty shell when you are gone home with Jesus?

So many people are litteraly dying for the want of a transplant.

Jesus was certainly mutilated for our sake and his resurrected body is doing him just fine.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

i think it is a great blessing to be an organ donor if you child was sick and needed an organ would you refuse your child of receiving a persons organ who will no longer benefit from it cause they are dead?
wehn donating you are giving the person a second chance at life to spend with their family a chance to love and be loved a little longer it is up to you but if i can give someone the gift of a longer life when mine is over that is what i want
---andre9789 on 6/23/05

I am an organ donor. I know that I won't need them anymore so I'll give to someone who will use them. Let them have life while, I'll be too busy praising our Saviour...LOL.
---Auror3743 on 6/23/05

Rebecca D, I was so shocked when I read your response. I had no idea that you actually buy and sell organs wherever you are (probably U.S.) I'm in U.K. where we are not allowed to do that. We donate blood also. I knew that blood was paid for in U.S. but this has just bowled me over. What a horrendous thought. Who gets the amount that is paid for a pair of lungs etc? Is it the deceased's family or the surgeon or hospital, or an agency maybe?
---Xanthi on 6/23/05

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I do not see anything wrong with it because after death we will no longer have uses for our body. When we are in heaven, we will have a new body. So if our earthly body remains here, why not use it to save someone else's life instead of letting it turn to dust completely?
---Heather on 6/23/05

In the UK organ donation by life people, and from dead bodies, and also blood donation is GIVEN, without any money received.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/23/05

Hi Mary, I believe we should donate our organs. The only eternal part God uses is our soul with His Spirit in us, so why not? Our Lord also wants us to help others. What a wonderful thing it is to know that part of us lives on to make life better for someone else! I only draw the line at stem cell research using unborn babies.
---Elsie on 6/23/05

I believe God would approve of organ donations. Our souls are the ones that will never die, not our bodies. If I were to die and there is someone out there who could live longer because of something I'm not going to need anymore, then why would I deprive that person that? Isn't that what Jesus was trying to get across with the parable of the Good Samaritan? We should always try to help our neighbor just as we would have wanted to be helped. What if it was you who needed that donation?
---Misty on 6/23/05

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I am an organ donor, or will be when I die. I think its the ultimate gift. Our bodies will turn to dust anyway if Jesus tarries.
I had a friend who died 6 months ago waiting for a donor liver that never came. I want my 'parts' to be given to help another.
---NVBarbara on 6/23/05

If someone you love needed an organ donation, woudln't you want them to receive it? Then I don't see what could be wrong with giving away parts of our dead body to make someone's life better.
---Cathy on 6/23/05

In Bible times the body was considered sacred, and moreso after death because the deceased was not able to watch over themselves anymore. So the people would have grieving and fasting prayers for the dead, and they would wash and anoint the body with precious oils and spicery and wrap them for preservation and place them in the tombs, similar to embalming which is done today. Personally, i would not mutilate the body.
---Eloy on 6/23/05

I know of Christians who think that this is wrong but the way I view it is this. The body is a shell which houses our soul. When we die the soul no longer needs the body and leaves this shell behind to be disposed of. If any part of that shell is of use to someone else for their lifetime why not let someone make use of it? I'm not in agreement with all medical advances that we are seeing happening these days but transplant surgery is one I cannot see God disapproving of.
---Xanthi on 6/23/05

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I don't think it is wrong, but I want to give mine away for free. My mom needed a lung transplant, found a doner, but the lung itself cost $25,000. That isn't including everything else. I love the fact that organs help others, but hate the fact that you have to 1. wait, 2. the cost.
---Rebecca_D on 6/22/05

If that is what you want to do, then God will bless you, and use you to improve the quality of life for others. You won't be needing those parts anymore, anyways. God bless.
---Ann5758 on 6/22/05

I do not see anything contrary to organ donation in Scripture...when my husband passed away 6 yrs ago I donated his eyes to the Lions Club and I am an organ donor as well as I am leaving my ears to research to help find the cure for deafness so I see it as a good thing and regardless of whether it can be considered good or bad I am doing it to help others....
---Fran8674 on 6/22/05

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