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What The Bibles Says About Organ Donation
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My heart donor, Danielle and me.
I gave the locket to her mom.

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What does the Bible say about organ donation and the decision to Donate Life?

There are no direct instances where scripture uses the terminology, “organ donation.” This could be that such medical procedures were not possible back in Biblical times or even needed. But today, organ donors are needed to save many people in the United States and Internationally. As of this writing on, Sunday, September 12, 2011, www.UNOS.org reports 112,058 people on the organ, eye, and tissue donation waiting list in the US. And there is a crisis of organ donor shortages. As a Donate Life Today! Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation trained advocate, I meet a lot of people and hear many stories of hope from donors and the recipients.

I met a teenage girl when I presented the Donate Life educational program in a high school. She was a junior with the hopes and dreams a 17 year old has the freedom to dream. After my presentation to her class, she came up to me and shared her story of donation.

“I got scarlet fever when I was a baby. It made me blind. When I was little, my whole family went to Disneyland. All I could do was smell and listen to the fun. But six years ago, someone passed away and was a donor. I received their cornea and can now see as well as anyone. When I graduate high school, my whole family and I are going back to Disneyland. This time, I will be able to see everything I missed last time.”

She walked out of the classroom and melded into the crowds of students hurrying to their next class. My mind whirred with compassion and the desire to hear more of her story. But I had heard all I needed to. My frozen stance momentarily paralyzed me until the next group of chatty teens barreled in. I resumed my hyper, you-have-a-guest-speaker and are in for some fun mood, although I continued to think of the teen who now can see. She received the gift of sight from an anonymous donor.

“Choose to Donate Life” is the adopted motto of organ donation awareness. And it is a choice. But it never means sacrificing your own life to give life. Two deaths don’t equal life. But as an organ donor, you do choose life after yours has gone and answer the quandary of, “Why should two people die?” A donor offers life to others in need.

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A poignant scripture I hesitate to share is from Paul and written to the Romans:

35 “Who has ever given to God,
   that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
   To him be the glory forever! Amen.

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Romans 11:35-36 – 12:1-5 NIV1984)

Christians are commanded to give, but not to the point of sacrificing our own lives. That will effect and destroy many people involved in our life today and in the future.
 
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Remember the Christmas favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life? What happened when George received his wish—that he had never been born? The town, his family, friends, and the neighborhoods he would have financed, were destroyed or forgotten. Bedford Falls became Pottersville and the very life of the town died when George Bailey was granted his wish. Although a fictional story, It's A Wonderful Life serves as a powerful reminder of the effect each of us has on many people even around the world—for now and sometimes for eternity.

To be an organ donor is to provide many other people the possibility of being used by God to spread his love, his message of salvation, and his grace and mercy. Up to 50 people’s lives can be saved or enhanced by one organ donor. That person’s life being saved can offer a world of hurting people the encouragement they need.

So back to the nagging question, “What does the Bible say about organ donation?”—Nothing for or against unless you read the scripture and seek the Lord’s will and wisdom. If you want to see more scripture, read the verses listed below. And do your own seeking—don’t rely on documents or opinions.   

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  • Genesis 2:21-23 , "So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

  • Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants"

  • Proverbs 3:27  "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."

  • Leviticus 19:18b "But you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD."

  • Matthew 10:8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give."

  • John 15:12, 13 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 'Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.'"

  • 1 Corinthians 15:35, 42, 44, 50 "But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?' So also is the resurrection of the dead It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable."

Here is the blessing of organ donation--the HEALING brought to my donor's family. There is much more about the story in my first and second book. These times are what make it all worth it.


books A Heart Like Mine A Heart Like Yours Find out more about Cindy's books on her heart transplant journey by clicking the graphic to the left. Click on each book for information and ordering options.


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