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Explain why religious people have a problem with transplant surgery.

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Explain why religious people have a problem with transplant surgery Transplants are the use of people's organs to surgically implant them into another person, as this person may have malfunctioned or diseased organs. There are two different types of transplants. One is that the donor is still living and they donate organs or parts of their body, which they can live without. For example, someone may donate a kidney to a family member or they could donate bone marrow. The other type is when the donor has died and they carry a donor card or their loved ones agree for organ donation. The donor can then give any part of their body from heart to eye corneas. A donor card is when someone decides that when they die they want to help others by donating their organs. To show that they want this to happen, they carry a donor card. Many people worry that by having transplants available organ trade may begin. This is when in the developing countries trade their organs to people in the developed countries. ...read more.

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Another reason to support this argument is that Christians who believe in resurrection believe St. Pauls words that the body will be transformed and that the resurrected body will not need the physical organs. Further more, Jesus told Christians that they should 'love thy neighbours' and treat others, as they would like to be treated. These both justify reasons for transplants. The bible also is full of statements about not exploiting the poor. However, some Christians are against transplant surgery using organs from the dead, but they accept transplants using organs from the living. They would not allow organs to be paid for. A reason for this is the Christian belief that organs such as the heart are essential part of the individual who has been created by God. They also believe transplanting from the dead into the living is unsurping the role of God and that humans do not have the right to do this. Another reason is that organs which can be used from the living is not vital and so can be used to obey Jesus's command to 'love thy neighbours.' ...read more.

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Although some Muslims are in favour of transplants, most are against because they believe transplanting organs from one person to another is against Gods will. Many Muslims strongly believe their body belongs to Allah, so they shouldn't donate any part. They believe this as the Shari'ah (Muslim law) teaches that nothing should be removed from the body after death, so they oppose post-mortems. The Qur'an says that God has created the body of a person, so to take organs of a body and transplant them into someone else is acting as God, this is called shirk. The Muslim belief in the sanctity of life means that all life belongs to God, so only he can give and take it. Muslims also believe in the bodily resurrection so you will need all parts of your body in the next life. Some Muslims allow transplant surgery using organs from living people because some Muslim laws say it's permissible. A ruling, fatwa, was issued by the Muslim Law Council of the United Kingdom in 1995, saying Muslims could carry donor cards and have transplants. Also, Islam aims to do good, so if a close relative is dying, a transplant would be allowed, just the same as if a Muslim was starving to death, they would be allowed to eat pork. ...read more.

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