Blood Donation: Good Or Bad For Christians
Are there applications in the Bible that could guide us as to whether a Christian should donate blood or donate their organs upon their death?
As Christians we often wonder if blood donation is a sin since the bible doesn’t specifically state that it is a sin. However, by applying other principles from God’s word about blood and life we can draw wise conclusions about blood donation
in Genesis 9:4, God commanded Noah not to eat meat that still had lifeblood in it.God also prohibited the eating of blood in Deuteronomy 12:23-24 when He gave the law to Israel. In Genesis 9:5-6, God said, ”And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” In this passage God set the stage of our understanding of the value of human life and blood, which was further demonstrated when He laid His own life for us(Hebrews 10:22,1 John 1:7).
Transfusion is a matter which the Bible does not specifically mention. In those days, the medical technology was not available to perform such procedures. This medical practice is not any more of a sin than having an operation, a root canal performed on one of your teeth, and so on. When they were first performed, directly from person to person, they saved many lives on the battlefield.
Donating blood is actually a picture of what Jesus did for us when He laid His life down for us by shedding His blood so that we may live. When we donate blood we are offering a part of our lives to save the life of someone else. it is one way to obey the second greatest commandment, which is to love others as we love ourselves(Mark 12:31). Jesus said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” In this passage Jesus calls us to lay down our lives for our brothers.
If your neighbor’s life could be saved by donating your blood, or a transfusion of such fluid, does that not abide within what Jesus called the second greatest commandment? This certainly seems to be the case.
Children who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, premature infants, children having open heart surgery, children with sickle cell anemia, and of course accident victims all need blood…desperately.
This does not even count the millions of adults who will need blood, organs, plasma or platelets. Is there a Scripture about donating blood? No, there is not, but there is the higher principle that if we are able to save a life, then we should do it.
Galatians 6: 9-10 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers”.
Life is precious to God. God desires that we serve one another and give ourselves as a living sacrifice. Let Paul’s admonition to us as believers be mine to you in pleading with you to give life, and give blood or donate your organs after death.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship” (Rom 12:1).