EUTHANASIA

THE MYTH OF MERCY KILLING

KEYS FOR LIVING - EUTHANASIA

THE MYTH OF MERCY KILLING

“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

1 Kings 22:5 

You are sitting by the bed of someone you love… someone with a terminal illness. What happens when you find yourself agonizing over a medical decision—a major decision with moral implications? Is it ever right to choose death for a loved one who is suffering? What perspective should you have in order to make the right decision? How can you be sure you are making the best choice in the midst of a medical crisis? 

When answers to questions seem elusive, you need to know where to go. The Bible reveals what makes life worth living. Wisdom from the Word of God will guide you in making end-of-life decisions—decisions with true dignity. 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” 

James 1:5

Many people want to know, “Is euthanasia playing God?”  In simplest terms, euthanasia is doing something to someone that causes that person to die. If that “something” were not done, the body would be allowed to take its natural course. In light of this knowledge, is euthanasia right or wrong? Is euthanasia “playing God”?  Yes, it takes the role that God alone should have. 

“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life.” 

Deuteronomy 32:39

What Is the Meaning of Euthanasia? 

  • Euthanasia is a word used to describe the deliberate act of pursuing or permitting the premature, relatively painless death of a person who appears to be hopelessly suffering or beyond recovery. 
  • The English word euthanasia is a combination of two Greek words—eu, “easy or good” and thanatos, “death.” The literal meaning is “easy death.”  (If death could be considered “good,” the ideal would be to die while sleeping.) 
  • Mercy killing is a popular name given to euthanasia to imply that a premature death is an act of compassion.  This phrase is considered propaganda by many who oppose euthanasia on moral grounds. 

 “I deeply care about my terminally ill mother. As long as euthanasia is based on love, doesn’t that make it okay?” 

Your love must be a great comfort to your mother. But, loving a person does not give you the right to kill that person. The Bible describes love as protective in nature. Out of love, we are to persevere and protect our loved ones from premature death.

“[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

1 Corinthians 13:7 

What Are the Methods of Euthanasia?

  • Active Euthanasia causes death to occur prematurely by a deliberate fatal act. Active euthanasia pursues death in one of three different forms: mercy killing, suicide or assisted suicide. 

Example: Administering carbon monoxide poisoning, lethal injections or overdoses of medication.  

  • Passive Euthanasia allows death to occur prematurely by withholding nutrition and normal beneficial treatment. Passive euthanasia permits death even though “non-futile...
 

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Grace Filled Words:

“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Galatians 3:2-3

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:16

Additional Scriptures: 

Galatians 3:11

Proverbs 16:2

Romans 10:3-4

Job 2:3-10

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