Donating Blood and Organs
What does the Bible say about giving blood and limbs?
“Love your neighbour as you love your self” is the commandment that comes to mind when we are asked to give blood. Christ, divine enough to be able to tell us 2000 years ago, in his own words or parables, if he desires that we do not donate limbs or blood today, 2000 years later; as he even predicted all things unto the end of the earth in the revelation of John. But as he has not done so, and certainly can not have overlooked the matter, we can give blood and limbs. And why do people do this? Out of love for their neighbours.
The below verse is used by the sect of Jehovah’s Witnesses as the means to justify abstention from blood upon their members.
ACT 15:20 Apostle James quotes an old, by Christ discarded, Jewish Law in regards to strangled beast and blood: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollution’s of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. (abstain clearly means not eat, but then we can eat blood, states Christ.) Read the whole chapter of Acts:15 to note the corruption.
I do get questions such as what will happen to the body on the day of resurrection: will I be partial body with my limbs having been donated? If this was an issue, what about the cremated? What about the flesh that rots away, bones that rot and crumble? All those shall be made whole and, if your limb was donated to help a fellow being then that, as all rotted away flesh and bones, will also be made whole on your body. To give blood and limbs is lawful to God.
Paul here speaks through the spirit: and therefore it is ‘Christ’ who speaks.
TI1 4: 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
TI1 4: 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
TI1 4: 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
TI1 4: 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
TI1 4: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Baptism the commandments of God, not those of men.