View Full Version : Donating your body to science
December 14th 2007, 05:31 PM
I recall that Dee Dee came out quite strongly against cremation - that for Christians, burial is meant to be a strong symbol of the future bodily resurrection. Recent events have got me wondering: what might be a Christian perspective on donating one's body to science? I'm certainly inclined this way as of late.
December 14th 2007, 05:41 PM
I think that this is a matter for the individual's conscience.
I've got no problem with donating one's body to science. If another human being's suffering can be alleviated because a body is used to train new doctors or develop techniques to treat a disease, then I can't see anything in scriptures to make me think that it was wrong to donate your body for that purpose. I feel the same way about organ donation as well.
December 14th 2007, 06:17 PM
I know a friend who in pre-med school took a class where they took a human body and were able to hook up some electrodes to certain areas of the brain and cause the eyes to follow a red piece of paper and not a blue one.
December 14th 2007, 06:20 PM
I didn't need to know that..........
December 14th 2007, 06:37 PM
God will raise the dead regardless of the state of decomposition, deconstruction, or decapitation the body happens to be in when the trumpet sounds. I don't see the big deal about burial over cremation, except perhaps in the symbolic value to those gathered around the grave. Yet even then, I don't think the point requires an intact corpse in order to be well-made to those gathered around.
When I die, I prefer that I be cremated if only for the fact that the traditional funeral with embalming and open-casket viewing and whatnot can cost over $15,000 these days while a cremation and a nice urn will run your loved ones less than $500. Seems a bit wasteful to me honestly.
December 14th 2007, 06:40 PM
I have no problem with cremation OR donating my body to science.
I won't be needing it anymore, either way, and if someone can learn something from it, then good!
If someone objects to cremation or donating a body to science, do they also object to donating an organ postmortem?
The God I worship, who made me out of dust, can take the cremated remains of me, or the dissected remains of me, or the buried and decayed remains of me, or the eaten by a shark remains of me, or whatever remains of me, and make me again, newer and better and fit to live with Him eternally.
It doesn't matter what happens to this flesh. It's gonna be new. And beautiful. And work properly. AND NEVER AGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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