Biblical Principles Supporting Donation
Organ and tissue transplants are
not mentioned specifically in the Bible because they are a recent
development. However, there is nothing in the Bible that would prevent
organ donations nor
organ transplants. The following scriptures can guide our thinking and
actions on organ donation.
Genesis 2:20-30 Can be seen as the first transplant: A Rib taken from Adam to create Eve.
Matthew 5:7-8 Blessed are the merciful . . . Blessed are the pure in heart.
Matthew 7:12 Do for others as you would have them do for you.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the Sick . . . you have freely received, now freely give.
Mark 9:47 One can enter heaven without all body parts present.
Mark 12:33 Loving one’s neighbor as onself is more important than all offerings and sacrifices.
Luke 6:37-38 Give and it will be given to you.
John 3:16-17 God so loved the world . . .
John 10:10 Christ died so others may have life more abundantly.
John 15:12-13 No one has greater love than to give life to others.
1 John 4:7-12 If God loves us, we ought to love one another.
Revelation 21:4-5 We do not need our bodies in eternity, for all things will be made new.
* Bible verse hyperlinks connect to an online version of the New Revised Standard Version which the author of this paper is not responsible for maintaining.