A Question I Was Asked:

Is Human Transplantation of Organs Wrong?

The Question:

Is human organ transplantation wrong? I have heard Christians argue both ways. We would appreciate your view.

UK Apologetics Reply:

The Bible doesn't address the subject as to whether it is right, or wrong, for the organ of one human being to be transplanted into another human being. Christians should be guided by revealed biblical principles and their own consciences. If we firmly believe that it is wrong, then we should hold to that and not go against our own conscience. In this regard, the study of Romans 14 might prove helpful.

Some quote John 15:13 in this regard:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

The unselfish love which Jesus manifests might seem to almost require that we all agree to be organ donors if ever placed in such a position. But there are other things to be taken into account; if God looks upon the bodies of believers as temples of the Holy Spirit, should we not protect those bodies - as much as is possible - to our dying day? Should we violate our God-given bodies by allowing our hearts to be wrenched out around the point of death in the hope of saving another life? These are some of the questions we should ask.

My own view? I believe that God wishes true believers to go to the grave with the physical bodies - which He originally gave us - as intact as possible. That's where I stand for what it's worth.

Robin A. Brace. October 29th, 2013.