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    "Today, however, we are beginning to observe a sad loss of trust. The elderly and critically ill can no longer trust their physician, for several are active in the promotion of death rather than life. Our hospitals are no longer a safe refuge for the preservation of life -the realities of abortion and mercy killing have destroyed this. The value of an old father's material possessions outweighs the value of his life in some family circles. A society which feels free to judge whether a human life is worth continuing or not stirs fear instead of trust in the hearts of our elderly.

    "Some of you will soon be entering a hospital with serious diseases. Some of you are quite elderly already, others will be soon. Will you grow old in a society in which you can trust your doctor when he approaches you for an injection, or not?"

    The shifting of values in our society from a biblical, Christian basis to a secular, humanistic foundation produces various disturbing and frightening results. How is this truth being felt by the unborn in our nation today? How is it affecting our elderly? What other fruits will be experienced if this shift of values continues?

While strongly opposing both active and passive euthanasia, we must also refute an opposite, unbiblical spirit regarding this matter. This opposite spirit zealously utilizes all of the means available to preserve life. It proclaims, "We will not allow death," "We will conquer death," and "Life at all costs!" This spirit is the opposite of the Christian spirit expressed by Paul in Philippians 1:21-24, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

Both of these errors arise from the same sinful motive, the desire to be lord of one's own life. Both oppose a humble surrendering to God's sovereignty and plan.

The "passive euthanasia" spirit rejects God's sovereign rule over life and death. It claims that persons can determine for themselves or for others if they wish to die sooner without extended suffering or not. It proclaims each person's "right to die," "death with dignity," or other similar expressions. In rebellion against God's plan, it does not use the necessary means God has provided for the preservation of life, choosing death rather than suffering.

The less Christian our society becomes, the more necessary Christian doctors, nurses, and hospitals become. Why?





  • Refute - Prove to be wrong, mistaken, or in error


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    For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

    But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

    For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

    Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

    - Philippians 1:21-24

     
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