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The Question Of Organ Transplants, Confronting Sensitive Issues, Callous And Hardened Of Heart, Root Of Selfishness, Lack Of Love In The World, Past Feeling, Defiling Sanctity Of The Human Body, Does It Really Matter Once We're Dead?, Energy Life Force And Spirit, Lake Of Fire, Are Organ Transplants And Blood Transfusions Ethical?, Immune System And Anti-Rejection Drugs, The Issue Of Being Brain Dead, Blood Is The Life Of The Flesh, Souls Of Men, Merchandising Dead Human Bodies, Who Determines When Life Begins Or Ends?, Relying Upon People's Desperation, Man's Word Versus God's Word, Hospitals And The Business Of Making Money, Faith In God Or Faith In Doctors?, God Can Heal Us If He Wants To, Why God May Delay Our Healing Or Perhaps Not Heal Us At All
[WARNING: This article is of a sensitive nature. After reading it, you may never want to consider an organ transplant or blood transfusion again!]
During one of many conversations I was involved in on my now-defunct BBS -- Bulletin Board Service -- many years ago, the following interesting question was raised:
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"If a person is believed to be 'brain dead' is it ok to donate that person's organs to save another person? I don't have an opinion on this yet, but I would be very interested in making one."
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What I like about these kinds of inquiries is that they force all of us to confront issues which we normally may ignore since we personally are not being affected by them. It reminds me of the saying "Out of sight, out of mind". While we all read or hear of many life tragedies via the television set or the radio or the newspaper, after a while we seem to become callous to them. We become hardened of heart and spirit. We lose our sensitivity to the suffering and needs of others. As long as our own life is in order and we are experiencing minimal difficulty, everything else is of less importance. This is due in large part to the spirit of selfishness which has overtaken the world. In fact, almost two thousand years ago, in His Olivet discourse, Jesus made the following comment:
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Matthew 24:12, KJV
This is a rather revealing verse which most folks usually forget all about. Notice that Jesus specifically says that it is because of iniquity, or sin, that love is dying in our current world. As we know from the writings of John, sin is the transgression, or breaking, of God's laws, as we see by this verse:
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
1 John 3:4, KJV
And which laws are we breaking which is causing iniquity to abound? Again, Jesus answers this for us quite clearly when He says:
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31, KJV
Sadly, we are all breaking God's greatest commandments in this present day. We don't love God like we love ourselves; and we certainly don't love our neighbors like we love ourselves. If there is one thing which none of can deny, it is that we love ourselves more than anything else. When it comes to survival, comfort, happiness, etc., we are number one on the list. Paul made this quite clear when he wrote the following:
"For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:"
Ephesians 5:29, KJV
Paul also echoed the importance of Divine Love, of Spiritual Love, in his Epistle written to the Corinthians:
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV
While discussing the signs which would mark the end of that prophetic age, Paul also reflected back on Jesus' own teachings when he wrote the following:
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,"
2 Timothy 3:2, KJV
If you would like to read more regarding this topic, please refer to my companion series "Selfishness: A Prophesied Sign of the Endtime". The above Scriptures particularly come in handy with those persons who refuse to believe all of the standard verses you may share with them regarding their sinful nature. This may include such verses as Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, etc. If they do resist your witness, try using some of the above Scriptures and then say, "Look, no matter what you say, you are guilty as charged according to God's laws." No one can deny their own selfish nature, unless they are extremely proud and under self-delusion. The point is, because of our selfish sinful nature, in large part, we have become past feeling as far as the sufferings and problems of others are concerned. I discussed this same thought of being past feeling in the series "The Gay and Lesbian Agenda: To the Point!". One pertinent verse I used there is the following one:
"Who being PAST FEELING have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."
Ephesians 4:19, KJV
In this day and age, while most people are past feeling concerning the sufferings of the world at large, when it comes to their own wellbeing, many will pay any price and go to any length to save or preserve their own lives, or the lives of those dearest to them. It is precisely under these circumstances that organ transplants, blood transfusions and other medical procedures have become widely accepted amongst our modernized culture. One thing we cannot deny is the fact that, despite the gruesome aspects of these practices, countless lives have been saved because of those who have been willing to share their body parts both before and after their demise, as well as their blood. Yet, as Christians, there is still one important question which we all must answer for ourselves: Are these things right in the sight of the Lord? Are they ethically sound? After all, our primary concern should be that we are fulfilling God's Will in our lives. What makes this question difficult to answer for some is that at first glance, there does not appear to be a clear Biblical precedent. This kind of technology simply did not exist in ancient times. In fact, it didn't even exist fifty years ago.
Thus, when I first approached the Lord regarding this matter, I was uncertain as to what I would be shown. In applying this question to my own life, I must admit that I immediately felt uncomfortable with it. I couldn't picture myself consenting to having my body parts transplanted, either now, or after my death, into someone else. I did donate blood once many years ago when I was quite young, but knowing what I do now, I don't know if I could ever do it again. In my view, the idea of transplanting human body parts from one person to another seems to defile the sanctity of the vessel which the Lord has given us to carry our Spiritual Being. On the other hand, it is also true that when we die and our Spirit departs this vessel of water and clay, it will become just an empty shell which will eventually decay in the ground. In discussing the Resurrection of the dead, the Apostle Paul said the following:
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
1 Corinthians 15:50, KJV
Considering the above verse, some have suggested that it really doesn't matter what happens to our physical bodies after we are deceased. They say:
"If my body parts or blood are going to give another person a chance at life, then why not donate them? I no longer have need of them anymore. After all, as a Christian, I'll be getting a new body anyway."
While this may be true, and while these may indeed be noble thoughts, there is still a lot more which needs to be taken into consideration. There is more to this than what appears on the surface, as I soon discovered.
This also brings up another question: What about cremation? Is this also an ethical procedure? I recall how one preacher once told me many years ago that cremation was the Devil's way of trying to disperse our molecules so that the Lord wouldn't be able to recombine them at the time of our Resurrection. This is a rather interesting thought. If you have read some of my other articles, you may know that I have a deep interest in the mechanics of the Spirit World. In articles such as "The Manipulation of Time and Space", I have suggested that molecular energy, or atoms, might be the scientific terminology used to define what we Christians refer to as Spirit. It is this invisible force or energy which gives life to our physical body and keeps it alive, just as electricity gives "life" to inanimate objects by flowing through them. If you stop this flow, or if you separate it from the human body or the object, it becomes lifeless and still. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that we are to fear Him which can destroy both soul and body in hell. In other words, He wasn't referring just to the destruction of the physical body, but of the actual energy or Spirit which gives it life as well:
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 10:28, KJV
In this particular case, the word "hell" is rendered from the Greek "gehenna" which is a reference to the lake burning with fire and brimstone discussed by John in the Book of Revelation:
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 20:14-15, KJV
If God is going to destroy both the soul and the body at the Second Death -- that is, a total snuffing out of existence, as I understand it -- how else could He attain this except through a complete diffusion or breakdown of the molecular structure and the energy which sustains and gives life to that structure?
While I was wondering if there might be other Scriptures which support the practices of organ transplants and blood transfusions, I was reminded of several other verses from the Epistle of James. If you really stretch the meaning of these verses and apply them to our modern day, you might convince yourself that they support these practices:
"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."
James 2:15-18, KJV
If you were dying, and there was another Christian brother or sister who needed a body part, or who could give you a body part to keep you alive, could these verses possibly apply to such a situation? Could they also apply to blood transfusions? After all, this is something which is needful for the body, right? If God has decided it is your time to go, would you be interfering with His Will by giving or accepting an organ transplant? From what I understand, and I may be wrong, most organ transplants only prolong life a few years, at least heart transplants. As can be seen, I have presented a number of questions, but very few answers thus far. I have found a few verses which we could make fit the situation and justify these procedures if we really want to convince ourselves that they are ethical practices.
However, this is not the way we Christians are supposed to operate. We are not suppose to push our program or our understanding across on God; but rather, we are to hunger and thirst after His truth and His answers. If we do this, He is more than happy to reveal them to us through His Word. I can testify that whenever I have hungered for the truth, He has never failed to open my eyes and reveal things to me directly through His Word. Thus, it was while thinking on what happens after an organ transplant operation, that I suddenly began to get a more definitive answer from the Lord. And believe me, it has been truly amazing and mind-boggling for me to see how deep this topic really is!
To begin with, unless I have been misinformed, in most if not all cases, after such a transplant has been completed, the patient is required to remain on anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their life. What do anti-rejection drugs do? They suppress the body's natural immune system! And that, my friends, is the key which began to unravel this whole mystery for me.
Really think about this for a minute: If organ transplants were God's Will, couldn't He neutralize the body's natural defense system so that it would readily accept the new organ without the need for anti-rejection drugs? The fact that your body doesn't even want the organ but is forced to accept it through the suppression of its own immune system tells us a lot. God could have made our bodies to easily accept organs from others naturally, but He didn't, did He? He could have made it as easy as changing a flat tire on a car, but He didn't. He could have given us interchangeable parts. It seems to me then that we are forcing the situation against His natural Plan and Will for our lives through artificial means, that is, with drugs. It would be like trying to put a truck tire on a small sedan. It just won't work for very long, if at all. Even when these doctors find what they call perfect matches, there is still risk involved and suppression drugs involved.
Another problem arising with organ transplants has to do with the medical term "brain dead". Some Christians have suggested that this term was intentionally thought up by the medical profession in order to make organ transplants legal and more acceptable. According to the professionals, brain death occurs when there are no longer brainwaves being registered on the encephalograph. However, while seeking the Lord on this matter, He revealed to me an interwoven chain of extremely interesting verses which I am now going to share with you. Based on this Biblical evidence, it is now clear to me that man's definitions of life and death, as well as their source in the human body, are in direct conflict with God's definitions of the same. Consider the following facts and Scriptures and see if you don't agree.
As I discuss in other articles, following The Flood, the Lord gave permission to Noah and his family to eat meat. When He did this, He made one very clear restriction; and He gave a very clear reason as to why that restriction was put in place:
"But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man."
Genesis 9:4-5, KJV
You see, the Lord is clearly saying that what constitutes life, what is the source of life, is the blood flowing through the body. The Lord says absolutely nothing about the brain. This fact is repeated several more times when Moses is receiving The Law from the Lord concerning the eating of blood:
"And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off."
Leviticus 17:10-14, KJV
"Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh."
Deuteronomy 12:23, KJV
This is a really deep concept folks. I hope that you are fully understanding exactly what is being said in these verses. Those in the medical profession are either extremely ignorant, or else they are lying through their teeth! They are purposely deceiving people, because they don't want you to know the truth. Do you want to know what the truth is? Are you sure you can handle it? In Revelation chapter eighteen we read of the destruction of Babylon the Great along with all of her merchandise. Merchandise refers to products you buy and sell or trade, right? Well, in listing part of the merchandise destroyed along with Babylon the Great, we read the following in verse thirteen:
"And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men."
Revelation 18:13, KJV
Notice the very last item mentioned: "souls of men"! Now, you can try to say that it is referring to human slavery, but it isn't. To confirm this, just look right before the words "souls of men" in the very same verse. There is the word "slaves"; so John must mean something else by "souls of men". To believe otherwise is to say that he is saying "slaves and slaves" which doesn't make a bit of sense. Why would he repeat himself? As I have shown in other articles concerning body and soul, sometimes the word "soul" is used to refer to our actual Spirit, our Life Force from God, while in other verses it refers to our fleshly body which is merely the container or receptacle for our Spirit. Well, in the context of this current discussion on organ transplants and blood transfusions, the Lord showed me that "souls of men" means HUMAN BODIES here in Revelation chapter eighteen! In other words, DEAD human bodies!
This is exactly what those worldly doctors and scientists are doing! They are treating human bodies just like merchandise, all under the guise of humanitarian research. Think about how many cadavers are used in laboratories, in universities, in medical schools, etc., not to mention in secret government projects which we know absolutely nothing about. I am willing to bet that a lot more bodies and body parts are used for those kinds of things than those used to actually save people's lives through organ transplants. And tell me, do you really believe that those bodies have all been donated to such causes? Do you honestly believe that all of those people gave their permission for their bodies to be used in such a manner prior to their deaths? The scientific and medical communities buy and sell bodies, body parts and blood just like any other commodity. And just think of how expensive those organ transplant operations are too! Even with medical insurance, it stills usually means going into debt for life!
So exactly how is it that The System gets away with doing this? Well, one of the ways they do it is by hardening their hearts, just as I explained above when I shared the verse regarding being past feeling. They are dead to their conscience. They are dead to the voice of God. Not only are they dead to the voice of God, but they try to act as gods themselves by taking human life into their own hands. They try to tell us when it actually begins, and when it ends. If we allow them to control our minds through the hardness of our own hearts, and to convince us of these things, then they have total control over our lives. If we accept their word instead of God's Word, then everything becomes permissible because they are the ones making the rules. It then becomes acceptable to prevent the conception of life, or to abort a life, or to sell bodies, body parts and blood, or to even exterminate life en masse if it doesn't conform to the political and social ideologies of our particular country. It's called war.
In the case of those in the medical profession, that isn't all that they do. They also reply upon the desperation of people who will do anything to remain live, or to keep someone else alive. In addition, as I mentioned earlier, they outright lie to people! They deceive people so that they won't feel so guilty. And how do they deceive them? By totally twisting the Word of God! They invent the idea of "brain death" saying that when the brain stops functioning, a person is dead. They are saying that life is in the brain and not in the heart, not in the blood! They have totally reversed the truth of God! As far as God is concerned, as long as your blood is pumping through your body, you are still alive. Not only are you still alive, but there is still hope of bringing you back to consciousness. Consider many of the miraculous stories of people who have been in comas for days, or months or years. As long as the brain has not suffered any physical damage, it is not dead; even if no brainwaves are being registered. As long as the blood is pumping, you are alive, and God can bring you back if He so chooses. But, because those doctors want that heart or that lung or that kidney, or whatever they are after, they will lie to you and convince you that it is hopeless! That sick person will never wake up, or they will be a vegetable, or they will be paralyzed, or they will have to be hooked up to a machine for the rest of their lives, or you will be in debt for the rest of your life.
And that is another angle to it. Hospitals are a business plain and simple. As cruel and as crude as that may sound, they are in business primarily for the money. While there are indeed many sincere doctors who honestly want to help humanity, there are just as many, if not more, who entered the profession because of the lucrative business that it is. They are as guilty as lawyers who likewise feed themselves and get filthy rich off of the misfortunes of others. So, when a hospital board realizes that it is losing money because they've got someone hooked up to an expensive life support system which no one can possibly afford to pay for indefinitely, humanitarianism goes right out the door, and politics comes rushing in. To these ruthless individuals, sickness and human bodies just means making money. Therefore, they have invented all kinds of ways to convince you to let go of that loved one so they can save money, or get that body part to sell to some other desperate patient down the hall. What gives these people the right? How do they know what plans God might have? If Elijah raised up the widow's son, if Jesus raised up Lazarus and Jairus's daughter, and He Himself was raised from the dead, who are they to tell you that God can't do a miracle? But you see, they have absolutely no faith in God. Their faith is in their own abilities as human gods. Their faith is in science and medicine and modern technology. Not only that, but they don't want you to have any faith in God either! I am reminded of an incident in the Scriptures:
"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."
Luke 8:43-48, KJV
When it comes to our bodies, the Lord is the best Doctor there is. After all, He made us. Not only that, but we are told in the Scriptures that He knows exactly what we are going to look like before we are even born, as we see by the following verses:
"For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
Psalms 139:13-16, KJV
So then, if the Lord wants us healed, He can and will do it without any help from modern human technology. If He doesn't heal you, then He must have a good reason for it. Perhaps there is sin in your life. The reason people go to the doctor is because they no longer have faith in God or in His abilities to heal them. It is difficult to have faith to be healed when you know there is something in your life which is displeasing to the Lord. Another reason why the Lord may choose to not heal you is because He may be reserving you for some future miracle as we see throughout the Gospels. For example, consider the story of Lazarus:
"Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."
John 11:3-4, KJV
It is even possible that the Lord might allow you to be afflicted with something just to keep you humble in your service to Him, especially if you are being greatly used of the Lord. Paul experienced such a thing. Remember, he used to be a very proud self-righteous Pharisee. Paul's affliction may have been poor eyesight due to His encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus. Taking into account his past persecution against the children of the Lord, he probably considered himself fortunate to even still be alive after that encounter:
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure."
2 Corinthians 12:7, KJV
But as I have said, in the case of modern medicine, it is all a matter of economics. The flesh hackers need to totally discourage you and take away all faith and hope so that they can get what they are after, be it a body, or a body part, or to simply save the hospital money. They convince you that it is in your best interest as well as in the best interest of your loved one to just pull the plug! And that is when it really gets gross as I will explain shortly.
Please go to part two for the conclusion of this article.
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