Be kind to me, this is not my natural environment, but I thought this might be something interesting for the clever people to discuss
Today is the fifth European Organ Donation Day. This does not mean that everyone should go to the mobile organ-donation-busses, but that organ donation issues are discussed and highlighted.
In one of the major national newspapers today, the leaders of Christianity, Judaism and Islam today wrote a joint article in support of organ donation. They describe organ donation as “an action blessed by god”.
The arguments they use are as follows:
Judaism - Kevod hamet (respect for the corpse) is weighed against pikuach nefesh (the duty to save and support life), and it is found that pikuach nefesh takes precedence, as would be the case if one were to break Shabbat to help somone whose life was in danger.
Christianity - The “do unto others” rule comes into play. In other words, if you would accept a donated organ for yourself or a loved one, you must be willing to offer your own to another. The basis of Christianty itsself clearly accepts the idea that the death of one can bring life to many, even if organ donation can never be seen as directly comparable to Jesus sacrifice on the cross. It should be seen as an act of love and compassion.
Islam - The article says that Islamic law is full of practical solutions, and the one being called on in this discussion is that “the neccessary permits the forbidden”. Quoting Sura 5, verse 32 the Imam says “if somone saves the life of a human, this has the same standing as if he had saved the whole of humanity” (sorry, that is probably a terrible translation), and that thus it is impossible for organ donation to be forbidden by Islam. On the contrary people should be encouraged to be more involved in, understanding of and willing to donate organs. It is however still forbidden to trade in organs or to seriously harm somone through organ donation.
They round off their article with the catchy phrase “Don’t take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows they are needed here”.
I am not sure what it is I want for you all to debate greatly, but I am sure you can come up with something. Personally I would think it was interesting to hear how these opinions gel with your own if you are religious, or even if you aren’t. I also find it quite exciting that the church leaders have made this a joint effort, I think it will also be interesting to see how their congregations respond. What do you all think?
Linkydink since I used quite a bit of the article, but it is in Swedish.