The following is an essay I wrote that is published in the Spring, 2016 issue of The Youth Messenger, a publication of the Free Reformed Churches of North America. Reprinted here with permission.
Is It Such A Big Deal?
A comment on smoking in the Youth Messenger on the topic of health is not that surprising. It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health. A good message is to avoid it, but it is not that simple. Many of you have friends who smoke. There are still a number of people in our churches who smoke. So is it important to know something about it?
Before you read this: I understand, for some, the conclusions drawn in this post may be difficult. It may be helpful to first read the follow blog posting — What IF You Did Not Know?
Organ transplantation has quite an appeal. A child dying from congenital heart disease receives a “new” heart. A mother receives a “new” liver after hers is damaged by a pregnancy related blood clot. Yet, there are concerns about the retrieval of vital organs. Vital organs must be taken from living bodies that, as a result, die. Most are taken from people declared brain dead. But even this has concerns. Is there a way for vital organ transplantation to proceed that does not involve the taking of life?
Worldview and Ethical Issues from a Biblical Perspective