So, do YOU think that organ-donation is a "Christian duty"?
The Church of England has declared this to be the case, in keeping with giving oneself and one’s possessions freely. Body parts should not be mistaken for the person themselves, and the best way to treat them reverently is to use them to heal others, the Church said. It was taking part in a House of Lords consultation on whether there should be an EU-wide position on organ donation. The Church said it would welcome the creation of a European donor pool.
Sorry, I couldn’t disagree more and I regret that once again the Church of England is plunging into the world of politics. Whether one chooses to donate an organ or not is surely a matter of personal choice which carries no religious compulsion? I can’t find any Biblical command which suggests what the Church of England claims. I have no desire to donate any organs and even if I did, the fact that the morally decayed Church of England now endorses it – (and just stops short of making it a compulsory act for its followers) – would turn me off the idea. If people want to donate organs – that’s fine, good for them. But I don’t – and I know that there are many out there who think like me. The health fascists want to make organ donation an opt-out matter – which is profoundly wrong in my view. Why should the STATE be given the right to harvest a persons organs as it sees fit unless there is completed administration to the contrary? The State should keep away from this, and so should the Church. We must have the freedom to make our own individual determination on this without being bullied by politicians or clerics.