My wife was discussing an episode of the series “Code Black” where they were discussing assisted suicide in California. She just wasn’t sure how she felt about it. My position as a person, as a Christian, and as a believer in the One True God is this: If you are endowed with the right to life, the right to live and breath as you so choose; then, you have also been endowed with the equal and opposite right of choosing your demise, or not. That is pure logic. Consider this aspect, if you will…God gave each and every one of us our right to live, to breath, and in time to eventually die. If that be the case then we have also been given the right to speed up such a process, as well. However, keep in mind, I truly believe that we were given the gift of life in order to live out our days according to God’s purpose, to submit to His will, to seek His purpose for our lives, to seek salvation and redemption. While suicide may be a choice, as a person, as a Christian, and as a believer in the One True God is this: That suicide is a bad and wrong choice for your life. While you may not see it, there are a great number of things to live for and to celebrate.
God gave us the right to choose the path between good and evil, right and wrong, etc. While speaking with Cain, God said,
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7 NKJV
God gave us the choice of good or evil, right or wrong; He also gave us the abilities to rule over our baser instincts of following our evil desires. After all, “…the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” (~Genesis 8:21 NKJV) and we are quite easily swayed and tempted to follow such a path. It is our dedication to God’s will that would enable us to rule over our evil desires.
But getting back to the base topic of this is a person’s right to die. If God gave us the inalienable right to “…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” (Declaration of Independence); then, God equally gave us the right to end our lives. However, we are not protected from the decisions we make or the ramifications that will most assuredly follow…i.e., the consequences of our choices and actions. Meaning that we will be held accountable (according to the scriptures) for our decisions & actions while here on earth. Upon our demise, or at some soon afterward time-frame, we will be judged by God. We will be questioned and we will be expected to answer for our actions, decisions, and our words. On the other hand, we will receive kudos for our good deeds, good words, and better decisions. Our problems do not end with our death, but they may be compounded by it as “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ…” (~2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV)
No matter how noble the decision, or merciful the thought, or thoughtful you may be…God will judge us all! Who is to say that the pain you are in is not a test of your character & integrity? Perhaps, it could also be a tempting thought, or gamble, between God and Satan as were the trials and tribulations of Job. By ending your life, won’t you concede and fail? We have been promised that we are not given more than we can handle. (ref: 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)
We each have our breaking points, but at the same time we are given more strength by the one who created us…God! More often than not, we each have this nasty habit of giving in much earlier than we should. There is an old story where a man who bought a parcel of land with a valuable ore in it. He drilled and withdrew a good amount but not enough to pay for all his debts. While drilling the well went dry and the trail went cold, so-to-say. He scrapped all the equipment and sold the parcel of land. The new owner brought in an expert on tectonic shifting and geological matters. The old drilling hole was three feet away from the shifted line of ore. The new owner reaped the benefits of a wealthy line of earthly ore.
Just remember not to give up too easy, you may just be 3 feet or 3 minutes away from success.
With eternal life in the balance, death is not much different than any other goal, in the very end you will be judged by your Creator…whether you believe in Him or not is irrelevant. His judgement will be final and everlasting in it’s consequences. So, before you decide that you need to end your life to avert great pain that you are afraid to face, keep in mind that there is an everlasting pain that you may be in danger of facing due to your fear of death and pain. Seek His will and understanding in all your earnestness. Seek His will through solid prayer and diligently seek His way and guidance.
Also, something you need to keep in mind is the fact that when seen to be losing a battle with cancer, most men will give up. I saw this with my own father back in 1989, after chemotherapy and radiation therapy, there was no change in the mass. He gave up and before you knew it he was gone. Men tend to do this as they lose hope and tend to have little faith. Without hope or faith man is doomed! On the other hand, women tend to last longer and survive longer even when the battle seems insurmountable. Because women (mothers, grandmothers, etc.) they have hope and faith…a reason to live. Fight the good fight of faith my friends!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD