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Christianity Admin on 23 Dec 2006 04:03 am

Another disaster created by religion

In this week’s installment of the GOD SQUAD, Marc Gellman and Thomas Hartman discuss yet another disaster caused by religion. This week’s question is:

Would you kindly address organ donation in your column? Most people I talk to would never dream of donating their organs. They seem to believe their religion somehow prohibits them from doing so. Also, some might consider donation when they’re on their deathbed but never when they’re alive or if their children should die. Any attention you can give this matter would be appreciated.

The GOD SQUAD’S answer leaves no doubt that religion is causing the suffering and death of thousands of people who need donated organs to survive:

Organ donation is not only permitted by the Abrahamic faiths, but it is also considered a high and holy act of healing. Bringing life out of death is the perfect spiritual response to the death of a loved one. The problem is, some people have the erroneous idea that organ donation constitutes mutilation of the body, which is not the case.

The first thing you notice in the GOD SQUAD’S response is the utter irrationality of all things religious. The Bible does not make any mention of organ donation. The primitive men who wrote the Bible had no clue that organ donation was ever going to happen. Therefore, organ donation is not considered in the Bible as a “high and holy act of healing.” It is not considered at all.

Isn’t it odd that the all-knowing “god” who supposedly “inspired” the Bible never thought to mention organ donation, or any other medical technology? The Bible has no clue about cells, DNA, cancer, visualization technologies (x-rays, MRI, CAT scans, etc.), antibiotics, vaccines, amputations, stem cells, etc. In fact, it has not a word to say about any medical technology to cure or treat any disease, because no such technology existed until science truly blossomed in the twentieth century. And therefore the Bible has nothing to say about organ transplants.

Where is the fear of “mutilation” coming from? Yet another religious fantasy: “heaven.” People who believe in Christianity harbor the delusion that they will live with their “god” in “heaven” forever. And if they are missing a kidney or a heart when they get there, they may miss out of “heaven” and end up in “hell.” Every rational person knows that “heaven” is a fairy tale fantasy.

Since the vast majority of Americans harbor these fantasies, we end up with a situation where thousands of desperate people cannot get the organs they need. According to this page, nearly 100,000 people are waiting right now, all of whom are suffering in some way as we speak, and many of whom will end up dying. But the religious beliefs of the majority prevent them from being healed.

If we did not have Christianity and all the delusion that it brings, the organ donation problem would not exist in the United States. This is yet another disaster caused by religion.

If you would like to understand that your god is imaginary and begin healing the delusion in your own life, please visit WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com.

7 Responses to “Another disaster created by religion”

  1. on 23 Dec 2006 at 5:54 am 1.Jimson said …

    You are completely wrong here. Christianity is not causing this problem.

  2. on 23 Dec 2006 at 12:00 pm 2.Sam said …

    See this article:

    Whooping cough cases increase

    Why?

    “Waning immunity would be no cause for concern if whooping cough weren’t still circulating in the community, said Dr. Jeffrey Engel, North Carolina’s state epidemiologist. He said outbreaks can often be traced to groups or individuals that haven’t been immunized for medical or religious reasons.”

    See this article:

    The Law On Vaccine Religious Exemptions

    Another religious disaster = Thousands of kids infected by curable diseases for no reason.

  3. on 23 Dec 2006 at 1:36 pm 3.Zing said …

    Don’t forget the cervical cancer disaster:

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050530/pollitt

  4. on 23 Dec 2006 at 8:51 pm 4.Brian said …

    Wow, another powerful rebuttal from Jimson. Just a question Jimson; are you 5 years old?

  5. on 28 Dec 2006 at 7:08 pm 5.Matthew Starrs said …

    I wonder if you publish all replies?
    In response to:
    Organ donation is not only permitted by the Abrahamic faiths, but it is also considered a high and holy act of healing. Bringing life out of death is the perfect spiritual response to the death of a loved one. The problem is, some people have the erroneous idea that organ donation constitutes mutilation of the body, which is not the case.

    You make the comment:
    The first thing you notice in the GOD SQUAD’S response is the utter irrationality of all things religious. The Bible does not make any mention of organ donation. The primitive men who wrote the Bible had no clue that organ donation was ever going to happen. Therefore, organ donation is not considered in the Bible as a “high and holy act of healing.” It is not considered at all.

    You seem to have missed what the author was saying. It wasn’t an affirmation of a biblical doctrine, it was a statement of permissineness of organ donatioons within the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).

    I have noticed that bitterness is far more blinding than religion. Is this your Achilles Heel?

  6. on 29 Dec 2006 at 11:14 pm 6.Adam said …

    You are right that the authors must be deeply delusional to believe that the Bible has an opinion about organ donation.

    But whether their reasons are either rational or religious, I don’t see how this connects to “religion is causing the suffering and death of thousands of people who need donated organs to survive.”

    The authors sound like they are supporting organ donation, not condemning it.

  7. on 04 Jan 2007 at 6:42 am 7.proverbs327 said …

    Just wanted to know if you would like to go with this organ donating Christian to Eastern Virginia Medical School and see if you can make the choice to make a donation. By the way, my flu shot is really helping. Oh yeah, if I truly am a Christian who wants to be cremated, after being harvested for organs, then how can you make the generalization about Christians fearing hell because of missing parts? Those type of generalizations are usually observed in the speech of judgemntal people; such as bigots, and racists.

    Defend your disbelief in having faith in Jesus Christ, if you think this is your purpose, but don’t attack my intelligence and faith with blind statements filled with gaping holes of hypocrisy. I respect the best of your “Atheist” minds, yet they earn it with respectful, relaxed, and intellectual discourse not guided by blind emotion. The man that angrily attacks “ignorant” people, leaves himself open to flawed discourse that can be avoided by simply relaxing and discussing what we see in this world. You seem to barely (without anger that is) handle responses from people of faith.

    Could, much less would, you sit with me and my muslim friend, hommosexual friends, agnostic former boss, aetheist coworkers/ friends, ambivalent non-Christian coworker/ friend, or Christians who don’t fit your description of Christians (much less believe the way you say we do), and share things like mature people who just happen to think the other is wrong, but still get along and call each other friends?

    Lastly, know your so called “enemy,” not that I consider myself yours. Writers on this website think they makes a point about God’s plan by attacking Rick Warren for writing that all our days are planned, which leads to the statement that abortion is God’s fault. Yet it also wonders at why God doesn’t heal cancer. Rick Warren comes from a Calvinist approach to theology, which suggests pre-ordained events, and yet many Calvin based Baptists believe that the gifts of healing etc.,are not to be expected past the time of the apostles. Armenian theology suggests God doesn’t pre-ordain, but knows the decisions we will make because of foreknowledge. The point is, broad strokes misrepresent lots of folks.

    Of course all aetheists get along just beautifully without any different views. Hey, it is what it is, just make sure you know what it is because all us humans have blindspots.

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