When the time comes - Organ Donation?



Back in the day, when an organ is not healthy enough even after medication, people with illness have no choice but to accept organ failures as a form of death sentence. Nowadays, sharing and prolonging life has gone to a whole new level. Medical advancements now include organ donations to those in need.

This donation was not literally encouraged in the Bible, primarily because it was not technologically feasible before. Today, however, Science and Christianity go hand in hand with transplants. The Bible speaks of the deeper good that comes with donating. John 15:12-13, for instance, explains that we must love one another as God loves us. This is the highest form of love: to sacrifice your own for others.

According to the U.S. Department of Health, there is a mortality rate of 29.17% for the two most risky types of organ donation, the heart and lungs transplant. God Himself showed true love by giving up His life for the salvation of everyone. In a similar way, there are brave people, willing to sacrifice themselves for the people they cherish, even if they know that there is never a 100% guarantee that they will survive the surgery.

One example of selfless love spoken in the bible even for strangers is the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. A man was robbed and beaten, left to eventually die until a Samaritan decided to help out this stranger. There are those who are generous and selfless enough to donate their organs even to those not related to them by blood or by kin. There are those who are literally volunteering to become a donor.

Nowadays, there are still some Christians who are hesitant with donations. This is because they believe that a complete physical body is a must for the resurrection. But 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 counters this belief, stating that there are two types of bodies accepting afterlife: the physical and the spiritual. Therefore, even if one is not physically complete upon death, there is still the spiritual body, which is actually more important than the former.

Remember that a person's body is temporary but your nobility lasts even after death. However, even after death, each can still extend actions of selfless love. Some families do not understand the importance of their positive consent in the matter. In the UK, 63% of families have no approvals of organ donations by their dearly departed. There needs to be an understanding that through this death, it gives and improve the recipient's quality of life. Donating an organ in exchange for extending another's life is a true measure of Christianity, giving comfort and easing the pain for all.

As of today, organ donation after death has increased by 25%. As a final note, Rom 12:1 reads "therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship."

 

 

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