Ethical & Social Issues Suicide

Q&A on Assisted Suicide and Quality of Life

QUESTION: Why are you so worked up about assisted suicide? If I don’t want to live when my quality of life is gone, why should you have the right to tell me I don’t have options? ANSWER: Your question indicates…

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The Dying Need TLC, Not Rulings – Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Be Very Risky Decision

Wesley J. Smith, NOTE: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a lawyer for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His Web…

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How To Help Those Who May Contemplate Suicide

Sally Armstrong If someone confides in you that he or she is thinking of committing suicide or shows other signs of being suicidal, talk about it. Your interest may give your friend hope at a time when that is exactly…

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Key Points for Debating Assisted Suicide

1. A request for assisted suicide is typically a cry for help. It is in reality a call for counseling, assistance, and positive alternatives as solutions for very real problems. 2. Suicidal intent is typically transient. Of those who attempt…

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Publicity’s Role in Promoting Assisted Suicide

Experts on suicide have long known about the “copycat” phenomenon: One widely publicized suicide may touch off similar acts among other impressionable people. Recently four researchers at the University of California tried to answer the question: Does the same phenomenon…

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When Assisted Suicide Becomes Legal

Mr. Brian Johnston It will be a day just like today. It will seem like many should notice, but most will not. There will be a sort of conspiracy of silence and suddenly those lives that we were compelled to…

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A Dignified Death for the Suicide Agenda?

Richard M. Doerflinger The image of physician-assisted suicide providing a “humane and dignified death” has suffered major setbacks lately. New revelations show that the so-called “right to die” movement has misrepresented the facts and suppressed the truth to promote its…

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May A Person Who Commits Suicide Receive Christian Burial?

Rev. Armin Schuetze A reader asks:Why is it we so completely condemn a Christian when he has committed suicide? Doesn’t Matthew 7:1 say: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”? The Significance of Christian Burial What is the…

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Who Is At Risk for Suicide?

Unemployed A longitudinal study presented in the British Medical Journal shows a correlation between suicide, unemployment and chronic illness. The study found that “there was a strong independent association between suicide and individuals who were unemployed…and permanently sick…Those without access…

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Controlling Death: Examining Society’s Rush to a ‘Final Exit’

Amy M. Schultz Today we can seemingly have everything that technology affords us in the name of medicine to control and sustain our lives. Yet society is still perplexed by controlling the way we die. In the rush to unfold…

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A Double Standard on Suicide?

Richard M. Doerflinger, Associate Director for Policy Development at the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, National Conference of Catholic Bishops When fellow students had subdued 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel after he shot two dozen people at his high school in Springfield, Oregon,…

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Warning Signs of Teens Contemplating Suicide

Warning Signs of Teens Contemplating Suicide The Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. lists the following warning signs of suicidal teenagers: Talking about suicide; Having trouble eating or sleeping; Experiencing drastic changes in behavior; Withdrawing from friends and social activities; Losing…

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Searching for a Reason to Live

Kenneth A. Cherney In God’s eyes there is no such thing as an insignificant human What will be the next major public health crisis? Many people say it won’t be a new killer virus or environmental toxin. It will be…

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Standing Between Life and Death

John C. Johnson, Ph.D. A Gospel-Law-Gospel Approach to Helping Christians Who Are Suicidal Introduction (1 Cor. 13) If I speak in the tongues of man and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a…

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Suicide Warning Signs

What To Watch For: A major change in sleep or eating patterns Increased alcohol or drug use Major personality changes – becomes impulsive, rebellious or violent Violent or rebellious actions Withdrawal from family and friends Less interest in school –…

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Q&A on Young People and Suicide

QUESTION: It seems that an increasing number of our young people see nothing wrong with suicide. What can we tell them? ANSWER: We can tell them the truth. Suicide is murder; “and you know that no murderer has eternal life…

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Bible Passages Regarding Assisted Suicide

Acts 17:25: “…[He) himself [God] gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Deuteronomy 32:39: “There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life…” 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has seized you except…

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Does the Right to Life Include the Right to Die?

I recently saw Ted Koppel on a Nightline program dedicated to the subject of assisted suicide. The program included an interview with Noel Earley who was dying and was going to take his own life. Many newspaper articles also have…

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God’s Word on Life

The Bible teaches that life is a gift from God, our Creator. For example, Job says to God, “Your hands shaped me and made me…Remember that you molded me…Did you not…clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together…

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Burdens and Christian Optimism

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director Despairing elders may come to the conclusion to terminate their own lives. Their acts of self-killing are often shrouded in euphemisms about wishing to “die with dignity” and “ceasing to be a burden” on…

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What Should I Do?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As life and family issues continue to expand, it’s often difficult to sort them out. Even church bodies differ on a particular issue though they claim to have the same Bible….

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Q&A on a Christian’s Concern about the End of Life

QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one? ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about attitude. Even though God reveals…

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Depression That Leads to Death

True or False? 1) Most people trying to cope with depression simply don’t have strong enough faith. FALSE. People in the church may jump to this conclusion because many depressed people push God away. They really suffer from a treatable…

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When Life Seems to Have No Meaning

Pastor Bruce Wietzke Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such…

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The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic – A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Gone are the days when your pastor’s toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry and the huge investment of the…

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Who Assists with Suicide

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources The exhausting effort to legalize assisted suicide is like so many other ill-conceived notions of our times. The persuasive forces of video and social media advocates for “aid in dying”…

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