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Certain denominations such as Jehovah's Witness and Christian Scientists seem to discourage organ donation, while others support it.

What is the basis for this doctrine?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by David, Caleb Jul 8 '13 at 7:05

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@DavidStratton: No, but certain Christian traditions have prohibitions against blood transfusions and organ transplants, and others against all forms of medicine. So I think there's room for the question on the site. – Flimzy Jul 8 '13 at 6:41
I think @Flimzy is right, there is room for this topic on the site since various Christian traditions do have teachings on this issue, but before we turn it loose this question really needs to be re-written to frame either a specific sect or doctrinal framework that is of interest or else be specifically written as an overview calling for information about what the relevant teachings or sects would be. Just throwing this out there as a "what's right or wrong" question isn't the format we're looking for on this site. – Caleb Jul 8 '13 at 7:08
@DavidStratton I think that while there is no explicit mentioning of organ donations in the bible, the way of Christ implicitly dictates selflessness and therefore would at least condone organ donations, no? – user1477388 Jul 8 '13 at 17:41
@Flimzy had a good point. I withdrew my objection. – David Jul 9 '13 at 0:41

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In a certain miracle Jesus appears to give someone new eyes in John 9:6. I think that organ transplants can be theologically underpinned by the miracles of Jesus. Therefore I believe there's enough biblical evidence to say that it's okay and encouraged to get an organ transplant. These bodies of ours, though made in the imago dei or image of God, are earthly and formed from the dust. The real value now is in receiving new salvation and thus promise of resurrection from the dead and with it a new body, not the one we presently have.

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There was no mention in John 9 that the blind man does not have eyes prior Christ's healing. He's stated to be simply blind, hence we're not certain if he does not have eyes or not. – OnesimusUnbound Jul 8 '13 at 5:38
Yes, hence I said 'appears to,' since it's a judgment based on the scriptural evidence we just have to make since it's not directly stated, but granted we're not certain I do think that we can figure this is the case since what He does here is so different from the miraculous ways in which He heals the blind elsewhere. And it's not that he has no eyes but that He gives him new eyes, in that there were problems with the old ones. – Isaac D. Jul 11 '13 at 20:50

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