|THE BODY IS A WONDROUS THING
About 75 human organ transplants occur in the U.S. daily. Historically, the first
transplant was a thyroid in 1883. In modern day, the first transplant was a kidney in 1954. Today, a major portion of these
organs are kidneys. The five human organs that a body must have to live are the brain, heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
And of those, two can be donated by a live person. They are the lungs and kidneys, since our body normally has two of each.
It’s risky and sometimes doesn’t work out, but obviously, both parties are willing to take that chance, so another
person can live.
The question arises
in may people, though…does God approve? And since this isn’t mentioned specifically in the Bible, we have to
go with what it DOES say. The first point is that we will not live in these current bodies in Heaven. The Bible is clear
that Christians will have new bodies. Someone has said, "You won’t take your body organs to Heaven, so if you’re
leaving, why not give them to people who can live on, with your donated help. To the person receiving a life-saving organ,
it must be a miraculous feeling. And his or her family surely will be eternally grateful to the donor. And what a pleasure
and satisfaction, if the transplant was possible from another living person, who can see what his gift has done!
Still there are questions. For example, we remember the account
in the Bible about the rich man and Lazarus. It’s not a parable; the Bible says "There was a certain rich man
and a certain beggar named Lazarus, who laid at the rich man’s gate, full of sores." The rich man had no sympathy
with Lazarus, and he died and went to hell, while Lazarus died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man begged for a drop of water to cool his tongue, saying "For I am tormented in this flame." Read the
whole story in Luke 16:19-31. Obviously, he had his own body.
I can only say that a donor has love that extends even to people he’s never met, and surely God approves
of that. Pray for your own personal answer from Him.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.