The Sin of Euthanasia
In the United States the debate on euthanasia has diminished since the 1990’s when the so called “Dr.” Kevorkian illegally performed this procedure resulting in his conviction of second-degree murder. Since the 90’s, while legal in some states, its debate has left the media coverage. In other parts of the world, euthanasia has been fully embraced. Many hardly even consider its ramifications these days but this sin, packaged as mercy, is devastating to the lives around its victims.
I was reading an article in the UK Telegraph about a woman named Nancy who had gone through a sex-change to become a man. Still, being unhappy with its result chose to end her life. The next story was about congenitally deaf twins who also ended their lives because they were scared they were going deaf. A quote from one of them said,
“I was the girl that nobody wanted,” Mr. Verhelst told the newspaper in the hours before her death.
The statistics are staggering showing that the number of elected “mercy killings” steeply increase every year. In 2012, there were 1,432 killings, which was an increase of 25 percent from the year before. To add to this there is discussion of extending this to children.
In His Image
In Genesis, we read the recorded events of God’s creative work culminating in the formation of mankind.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them.” -Genesis 1:26-28
Above all of God’s creation He set mankind in a peculiar position being made in “His own image” being set in dominion over it and God confirming that “it is very good.”
In what image did He make us? His own. But what does this mean? We are not immortal, we are not omnipresent, and we are not omnipotent. Ah, but He made us in the image of His moral perfection at creation, an original righteousness. But Adam being our representative entered into rebellion after allowing the woman to deceive him losing that righteousness. Regardless, wherein we are tarnished with sinfulness we are still His special creation which he has now bought with a price. The heavy and deep price of the blood of Christ to which all who repent of this rebellion and submit to God’s command that all should place their trust in Christ will be saved from the fires of hell and have unto them their original righteousness restored through Christ righteousness.
“O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions” -Psalm 104:24
How precious are our lives? So precious that God created ALL for him to have dominion over and then to sacrifice His son to restore the relationship mankind chose to obliterate.
This sin that has infiltrated our natures from the beginning at the garden and has not left anyone or creation itself untouched. As a result we suffer with disease, distress, depression. Our desires are sinful and lead to more pain and suffering as we futilely seek to restore ourselves in vain schemes. (Ec. 7:25) Knowing all this the great physician stands ready to heal, to restore, to remove our burdens. Not temporally, while that may be, but eternally in the hereafter. Oh, my heart breaks to see the wickedness of man to withhold the living water that can heal and replace it with fine sounding arguments that lead to death; sending a person from the frying pan of depression and vanity to the fires of enteral hell. What callous and wicked men! But beware Christian but for the grace of God it would be you that is indicted.
Christian, we must see these stories for what they are. There is a way that seems right that in the end leads to death. Stand up against the ways of the world and do not withhold the sweet medicine of the soul; the gospel of Christ.Referenced Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/10346616/Belgian-