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Euthanasia: Can We Decide Our Own Death?

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Imagine yourself twenty years from now. You have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and there is no relief in sight. Day after day you suffer from pain, exhaustion, depression and soon become a failure to thrive. You lose all hope in ever recovering or living a normal life. When your health status takes a turn for the worse, you are admitted to the hospital and are being visited by friends, family, members of the medical team, and hospice. Your physician offers you the option of humane euthanasia to help end your pain and suffering.
You have two options. Option 1: As a Christian man, you think to yourself that God has His perfect timing and you want to see God’s plan play out so you decide against the euthanasia and you live out the rest of your days with your family, but constantly in pain and agony. Option 2: As a fallen-from-grace human, the temptation of deciding how and when your life ends has captivated your mind. After discussing the pros and cons of the euthanasia procedure with your family, you accept your physicians offer, end your life two days later, and are now free from the agonizing pain and suffering. What do you choose?
Our faith and beliefs play a large role in our lives each and every day. We can choose not to smoke or consume alcohol because we believe that our bodies are the temple of God and we should treat it with respect. We may choose to always be honest and faithful because those are two of God’s commandments. However, as a Christian, I believe that God is in control of our lives, and has a set time and purpose for each thing that happens to us. Who are we to be the judge of our own destiny when we are not the one who created it? You may ask, “Can we decide our own death”. Yes, we can decide our own death by committing suicide, whether it be assisted like euthanasia or not assisted. However the real question is should we?

In Hebrews 9:27, the Bible says, “And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (King James Bible Version). This passage clearly tells us that God, not man, is the one who appoints death to men. We should do everything absolutely possible to prolonged someone’s life and make them as comfortable as we can, rather than welcoming death so quickly.
I too believe euthanasia shortens God’s plan and denies Him his sovereign right to appoint...

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