Doctor Assisted Death

Canada will soon become one of the few Western countries that has enacted legislation to allow ‘doctor assisted death’ or ‘doctor assisted suicide’. Read this article.  Which begs the question ‘what should be the position of Christians on such a law?’   Although the language surrounding the issue has been sanitized to be less offensive, such as ‘aid to dying with dignity’, the right description for this legislation is the ’empowering of doctors to end a persons life. There are stronger words, however; we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

God alone is the giver of life, and He alone has the right to determine when it should end.  When a person is born he or she has an appointed time to live and to die, as indicated in Ecclesiastes.  However, man in his wisdom or lack thereof, has elected to play God, and decide when a person’s life should end.  He (man) has already decided that many should not be born by legalizing abortion….

Christians are not exempt from suffering; however, they have a promise that God will be with them, even when they ‘walk through the valley of the shadow of death’ and beyond.

Doctor Assisted Death

Deuteronomy 32:39  ‘See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand.’

Ecclesiastes 9:8  ‘There is no man that has power over the spirit (life) to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death…’

Job 1:21  ‘And (Job) said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked will I depart: the Lord gave and, the Lord has taken away; blessed be  the name of the Lord.’

Ecclesiastes 3:2    ‘A time to be born, and a time to die:’

Do you find ‘doctor assisted death’ acceptable?

Do you believe anyone has the right to determine when a person should die?

How should Christians respond to questions about this issue?

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