Euthanasia and You

Canada continues to be an example of euthanasia out of control. Christians find themselves challenged and confused over what to do.

I want to make four points:

1) Authorship.

A Christian believes God is the author of life (Genesis 1:27; Colossian 3:10; Deuteronomy 32:39). A Christian professes, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:5). Our allegiance, therefore, is not to ourselves and our desires in a world that passes away (1 John 2:17), but to him who created and redeemed us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Unbelievers have a different perspective (John 15:19), and it results in different values and desires.

2) Residency.

While a Christian believes clinging to the things of this world to be futile (Matthew 6:19) unbelievers believe this world is all you’ve got. Accordingly, they set out to master this world to make it a “heaven on earth.”

People of the world live for all the pleasure they can have, because in their minds, this is all there is. When they meet the futility of a world that does not endure, they then demand control of their exit.

3) Supremacy.

In essence, people of this world have an imagined god. When people think this is all there is, they supplant the will and word of the true God for one of their own imagination. This new god is twisted and formed into their own imagination, pressed into service to their will. It grants them rights and justification in service to their desires. In essence, they have become gods unto themselves.

4) Response.

This is a melting pot world of 7 billion different people, and sometimes it feels like 7 billion different ways of thinking. Should we step back to let each person do his own thing? No.

Experience has shown us that those who go in the opposite direction of God’s word are not content to have their way and leave it at that. They want not only their acceptance but their embrace of their perverted notions of freedom on every level.

When a state or nation legalizes a moral wrong, like assisted suicide, it is not advocating for a right, but for a culture change. But let’s be honest, when we are against a moral wrong, like assisted suicide, we are also advocating for a culture change. The difference is that our culture change is rooted in the objective truth of God’s word. Historically, it is often referred to as the Judeo-Christian ethic.

When unbelievers argue for their own culture change, it’s important to figure out the standard by which they live. What is their point of reference? On what basis do they argue their way is right? When pressed you discover that they also are pursuing a religious conviction. That conviction, however, is not based on an objective standard. Rather, it is a standard of their own making, and it means danger for anyone who gets in their way.


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