The Kingdom-Driven Family

Building a Home That Serves Christ and His Kingdom

organtransplantationEver since becoming a student of Biblical law over thirty years ago,  I have been forced to re-examine matters I was certain about even though I had never specifically considered the morality and ethics behind them. Since most people seemed to accept those positions unquestionably, I followed suit. Like most people, until I examined the grim realities of abortion, I focused my attention on the plight of women with unplanned pregnancies rather than the plight of the unborn. Recently, thanks to a friend who shared a video interview with me, I was brought up to speed about the grim realities of the organ transplantation industry. What I have discovered is that promoting organ donations as a way to save and heal sick people is a shell game of distracting focus away from the reality that people with beating hearts are routinely murdered in operating rooms in order to harvest their organs.

I invite you to examine this subject for yourself, because it has great implications for you and for your loved ones. Instead of being swayed by the extensive marketing to encourage people to identify themselves as donors, information exists which  demonstrates that the classification of “brain death” (the usual designation preceding the process of harvesting, known as the Harvard Criteria) is merely a “legal” way to extract organs from living people.

Dr. Paul Byrne, a neonatologist, has written and spoken extensively, explaining that vital organs cannot be retrieved from cadavers or corpses. Thus, when someone has been classified as brain dead, every effort is made to “keep them alive,” not to help improve their condition, but to keep their organs viable until their heart, lungs, liver, intestines, or kidneys can be harvested and utilized by someone else. Did you know that it is only after the extraction operation that the time of death is recorded? Did you know that donors are given paralytic drugs in order to prevent them from violent reaction during the extraction procedure? Did you know that some people are well aware of what is about to happen to them but are unable to respond? How do I know this? Because there are a number of documented cases of people who woke up just prior to their life being ended and have lived to tell the tale.

The book of Proverbs tells us that a righteous man cares for the life of his animals, but  the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel (Prov. 12:10). In other words, wicked people may at times feign care and concern, but their motives are far from pure, and result not only in  neglect, but actual cruelty.  If righteousness extends to the life of one’s animal, how much more so to the life of a person made in the image and likeness of God?

In our day, it has been accepted that organ donation is a valiant and heroic thing. But, what is not fully disclosed is that it has only been since the mid-1960s that the term “brain dead” came into play, coincidentally when organ transplantation became a lucrative, and available practice. From information I have read, it is an industry that rivals that of abortion when it comes to profitability.  Most recently attention has been drawn to China’s organ harvesting policies on prisoners.  Yet, the situation in the U.S. not essentially different, is just more sanitized, complete with extensive marketing to produce willing and eager donors. And, it is easy to see that when transplantation became standard practice, legalized abortion wasn’t far behind. After all, the demand for baby parts for “research” purposes has become lucrative in its own right.

This is a subject that families need to examine so that, instead of  focusing on quality of life (whatever that actually means), we focus on the Author and Giver of life and His law-word. Without doing so, we may end up being among those whose tender mercies are on the wrong side of our Creator’s will and antithetical to pursuing His Kingdom and righteousness.

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