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Religious Perspectives

Religious Perspectives

Many people have questions about how their individual religion views donation and transplantation. All major religions support donation as an act of giving and caring, but we recommend that you talk to your own religious leaders for guidance.*

Choose a religion from the dropdown to learn about its views on donation.

AME & AME ZION (African Methodist Episcopal)

Donation is viewed as an act of neighborly love and charity by these denominations. They encourage all members to support donation as a way of helping others.

AMISH

The Amish approve of transplantation if there is a definite indication that the health of the recipient would improve.

ASSEMBLY OF GOD

The Church has no official policy in regard to donation. The decision to donate is left up to the individual. Donation is highly supported by the denomination

BAPTIST

Donation is supported as an act of charity, and the Church leaves the decision to donate up to the individual.

BRETHREN

The Church of the Brethren's Annual Conference in 1993 wrote a resolution on organ and tissue donation in support and encouragement of donation. It said, "We have the opportunity to help others out of love for Christ, through the donation of organs and tissues."

BUDDHISM

Buddhists believe that donation is a matter of individual conscience and place high value on acts of compassion. They emphasize the importance of letting family members know one's wishes as it relates to donation.

CATHOLICISM

Transplants are acceptable to the Vatican, and donation is encouraged as an act of charity and love.

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

The Christian Church encourages donation. They believe that humans were created for God's glory and for sharing God's love.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Christian scientists do not maintain a position on donation, leaving it to the individual to decide.

EPISCOPAL

The Episcopal Church passed a resolution in 1982 that recognizes the life-giving benefits of organ, blood and tissue donation. All Christians are encouraged to become organ, blood and tissue donors "as part of their ministry to others in the name of Christ, who gave His life that we may have life in its fullness."

GREEK ORTHODOX

The Greek Orthodox Church has no objection to donation as long as the organs and tissues are used to better human life.

HINDUISM

Donation of organs is an individual decision and is not against the Hindu religion.

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL

Generally, Evangelicals have no opposition to donation. Each church is autonomous and leaves the decision to donate up to the individual.

ISLAM

The religion of Islam strongly believes in the principle of saving human lives. According to A. Sachedina in his Transplantation Proceedings article, Islamic Views on Organ Transplantation, "the majority of the Muslim scholars belonging to various schools of Islamic law have invoked the principle of priority of saving human life and have permitted the organ transplant as a necessity to procure that noble end."

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

Donation is a matter of individual conscience with provisions that all organs and tissues be completely drained of blood.

JUDAISM 

Jews believe that if it is possible to donate an organ to save a life, it is obligatory to do so. Since restoring sight is considered life-saving, this includes cornea transplantation.

LUTHERAN

In 1984, the Lutheran Church in America passed a resolution stating that donation contributes to the well-being of humanity and is “an expression of sacrificial love for a neighbor in need”.  They call on members to consider donating organs and to make any necessary family and legal arrangements, including the use of a signed donor card.

MENNONITES

Mennonites have no formal position on donation, but they are not opposed to it. They believe the decision to donate is up to the individual and/or their family.

MORMON (CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes that the decision to donate is an individual one made in conjunction with family, medical personnel and prayer. They do not oppose donation.

PENTECOSTAL

Pentecostals believe that the decision to donate should be left up to the individual.

PRESBYTERIAN

Presbyterians encourage and support donation. They respect a person's right to make decisions regarding their own body.

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST

The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not have an official statement on organ donation, however, donation and transplantation are strongly encouraged. In fact, there are numerous Seventh-day Adventist transplant hospitals.