Monday, November 17, 2014

Does The Bible Condemn Euthanasia or Physician Assisted Suicide?

Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29 year old married woman who recently moved from California to Oregon, decided to end her life by way of assisted suicide and public spectacle. There is a difference between euthanasia and suicide in that, the former is assisted while the latter is solely by the victim. The Bible does not discuss it directly. While 6 suicide cases are mentioned in the Bible, there is no known case of euthanasia. It is always important to talk about things that will affect societal mores, even if the individual was dead because their death could set or offset a trend. There is a huge debate whether it is right or wrong, moral, immoral or amoral. I will look at it socially and biblically.

The Hippocratic Oath held the sanctity of human life as sacred that it forbade euthanasia until the 20th century. Throughout history, people fought to legalize it to no avail. The perception will change when Nazi Germany used involuntary euthanasia. Oregon passed the Death with Dignity ACT in 1994. In 2006, the Supreme Court upheld it.  Washington, Montana and Vermont will follow suite. Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland in Europe have since legalized euthanasia or physician’s assisted killing where physicians coax people now to take the bait.

Therefore, this is not a strange phenomenon; it has been a constant battle which Mrs. Maynard is an exponent.  Where is the will to fight unto death? We are saying it is ok to run away from failures or run away from disappointments. The way we are glamourizing Brittany Murphy’s suicide shows that we as a society have debased ourselves to a people with no morals.

Jesus rebuked the disciples when they were threatened by the storm. He used the word “fearful” which has the same root for cowardly used in Rev 21:8. These were people who folded under persecution and apostasy. Fear is lack of faith and faithlessness is a sin before God. Euthanasia is the fear of facing the pain of tomorrow; thus, it is cowardly-faithlessness.

While it seems the right thing to end our lives when in dire sufferings, it merely shows that we are desperate and hopeless. We seal every hole through which a miracle could happen if we kill ourselves. While suicide is a shortcut to avert a painful death, it does not guarantee a painless eternal rest. Dying by accident or dying being shot by someone is not the same as dying by killing yourself. In the former, you have no control and the blood is on the person who murdered you. In the latter, the blood is on your own hands.

Americans must beware of fairytales from scammers. They will tell you to contact them by email so that they will send you medication to heal your cancer. Later they will ask you for a fee to ship the things. They will cut any type of thing and send to you. Assisting anyone to kill themselves is killing that person. It is not different from the abortion doctor. The doctor who commits abortion and the one who commits euthanasia are all guilty of murder. The difference between the gun manufacturers and the euthanasia doctor is that the doctor actually assists the patient by formulating the drug. The gun manufacturer does not tell you what gun to use and how to hold the gun.

People do not commit suicide because they were happy; they do it because they could not obtain help from us humans. It has been proven several times that suicide is not altruistic; it is egotic! Simply because a simple majority who slept on the wrong side of theirs beds are going astray does not mean that they are right; the simple minority who slept on the right side of theirs beds should bring them back (Rom 12:2). They should not be cowed to kowtow acquiescently for fear of being rude or ungodly. In this case, it is proper to condemn Mrs. Maynard’s action as sinful, selfish and evil.

Although it is our life, we did not make ourselves; we are not our own works. We are God’s. Brittany Maynard did not make herself, so she does not have the right to end her life. I understand her pain because cancer pains are very painful, especially when the brain is affected. In a rape case, one does not have the ability to resist; meanwhile, in a cancer case, they can bear the pain as they look into the future with the hope of a miracle or healing. Many wonder if St. Pelagia jumping to her death to avoid being rape was better than Maynard’s suicide case.

All are suicides and condemnable. Suicide does not take the victim unto God; it takes them away from Him because it is disobedience unto to God. Samson’s case is not regarded as suicide because he was avenging his eyes by killing his enemies and subsequently, himself. It is the same as a man who sees the last chance to kill his enemies before they destroy his family, even if the last bullet from an enemy will touch him. Samson knew that he was going to die, but as a judge, he could not die leaving his people in bondage. He had to take the enemy out too.

People say that Mrs Maynard was right to end her life because it is her life. Simply because it is your car, you cannot just burn it down. Before, if you burnt down your house, you were charged with “house burning”, but now they call it arson.  You will be charged with a crime. Notwithstanding, the life people pretend to own doe snot even belong to them.  We should look at the moral limitations of the spouse. Her body does not belong to her when she gets married. Paul said, “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife” (I Cor 7:3-4). Therefore, she needed his consent.

If he consented, then he participated in the evil. Her husband is very relevant in her life because they have become one flesh once they got married. No other person in a marriage at this time is worth more than a spouse. Legally, the spouse is the legal guardian. However, the spouse is not obligated to side with the other if the decision is evil. There is a time when obedience to God triumphs over earthly relationships aid obedience to man. At times, the person making the decision may be medically impaired. In Brittany's case, her only problem was the brain cancer.

When we say that it does not matter how we die, we do not eliminate accountability in death. If you die through cancer or an accident, you have still died. Nonetheless, if you kill yourself or someone else killed you, your blood will be required from your hand or theirs. Ecclesiastes says, “Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?” (ECCL 7:17). Solomon told the people, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood...” (Prov 6: 16-17).

The caveat of the Lord is explicit, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph 5:11) Paul explained the concept to the Corinthians in this manner, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (I Cor 6:19-20.).

Suicide is not a natural death. Suicide is not death with dignity; it is death by cowardice! Committing suicide is a passport to hell because it is the last act that you do before doing. You do not have any time to repent, so you cannot obtain forgiveness. At that time, Ezekiel 3:20 is activated. It reads, “ Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” In her case and others who commit suicide, it allows for peaceful closure here on earth, but it opens the door for eternal punishment in the world to come. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27). John said, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev 20:12-13).  It is an irony of situation indeed.

 Until then, euthanasia is unbiblical!
St Arrey of Ntenako

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