Euthanasia: The False Light

Euthanasia: The False Light December 3, 2014

 

I want to have a detailed discussion of euthanasia.

I think this is an important point at which faith and public life meet. It is also a worthwhile discussion for Advent. If we are awaiting the day when we either go to Christ or He comes again, then we need to consider what we want our lives to reflect.

One of the many ways in which Christians are blessed is that the burden of “deciding” when to kill ourselves is lifted off of us. We know that our lives — every minute of our lives — are valuable and that they matter in the eternal scheme. No Christian who has any pretensions of following Christ will murder a human being.

Except in the instance of self defense, we are bound to honor the basic right to life of all people. This extends to ourselves. We may not murder anyone, including our own selves. This teaching gives us the great freedom of not having to decide who to kill or whether or not we have a “right” to go on living. Life, every moment of it, is the basic human right.

Euthanasia is the denial of the most basic human right there is. It is medical murder.

Here are a couple of videos to watch and think about as we begin this discussion.

 

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One response to “Euthanasia: The False Light”

  1. These videos are very good. There is a Spanish saying that a prepared death is a blessing. I’ve watched a few people die and held my best friend’s hand as her sister-in-law, father, two brothers and cousin all died within a year. She cared for her father in his last months. Though it was difficult, it was very much a blessing for her to be with him and accompany him on his final journey and to pray that his suffering would be for his children’ sand grandchildren’s good.
    I’ve also watched as euthanasia was sold as avoiding suffering, then utilized as purely utilitarian eugenics.
    This subject is one that led me to trust the Church’s ethical and moral teachings on life, death and faith.
    There are worse things in life than suffering. I’ll trust God with my days.

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