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Legalizing Murder Essay

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Should assisted suicide be legal? Debates based on this question have been going on quite some time. Euthanasia, another word for assisted suicide, under no circumstances should be tolerated. Despite the patient request, the act of taking one's life is murder, no matter which way you look at it. Often patients don't even request their deaths. In the Netherlands, assisted suicide is legal. According to James Thornton, in his argument against euthanasia, "It is documented that each year Dutch doctors actively cause or hasten the deaths of 1,000 patients without the patient's requests" (Thornton). Murder is a sin. In fact, the Bible states in Leviticus chapter 24 verse 21b, "But whoever kills a man must be put to death." If this practice were allowed, it could have devastating effects on those around us and even our own lives. Euthanasia is unethical and contrary to Christian beliefs.When we live or die is simply not for us as humans to control. After all, who are we to decide when the time is right? When we take a life, we are essentially "playing God." God brought us into the world, and therefore only God should have the ability to take us out of it. Jeremiah 29: 11-13 says, "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" This clearly states that God created each and every one of us for a purpose. By supporting euthanasia, we are making a conscious decision to end these lives possibly before their purpose is fulfilled. God may even bring others to him by inspiration of the suffering we are going through. The entire book of Job in the Bible tells a story about this subject of suffering. God allowed Job to be tested by Satan. The lives of his children were taken along with both his wealth and health being destroyed. Yet, through it all, Job never cursed the name of God. Because Job persevered all the way through the suffering and didn't just quit, his health was restored, his wealth doubled to that which he had before the suffering, and he had ten more children. I believe this story is very relevant to the topic of euthanasia. It shows us that God brings trials on us to make us stronger. If we just give up, we aren't getting the blessings and joy that we can through carrying on.The act of taking your own life (or having someone else do it for you) is just plain selfish. One of the major arguments in support of euthanasia is that if people suffer in the last stages of their life, they will die without dignity. How more selfish can that be? The goal of Christianity is to try and be more like Jesus, yet if you look at his life you will realize that he did not die with dignity. He was hung on a cross with a sign above his head mocking him as the "King of the Jews." In America, individualism has taught us to think about only ourselves. Those who would like to have assisted suicide a legal option often don't think of the lives of those around them. They choose to...

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