Questions: Why do I oppose abortion but support capital punishment? What about euthanasia, suicide, and “end of life” decisions?
Blogger comment: “…that several situations are related: abortion, capital punishment, suicide, euthanasia and other end of life decisions. Logically, if we oppose the taking of life in one situation, how can we support it in another?”
Pro-life supporters are often challenged by the “capital punishment” issue. For me it is a simple matter. Abortion takes the life of an innocent being; capital punishment takes the life of a guilty being.
I am against euthanasia, but I am not against “end of life” decisions. The difference is that in euthanasia something has to be administered to bring about death; “end of life” issues relate to whether or not to continue administering something which only keeps a “dead” body functioning. I have no idea what I would do in the case of withholding food and water to bring about the end of life. I don’t think I could do it, but I haven’t been faced with that issue.
Bloggers comment: “I was the one who made the decision to end the measures being taken to keep my mother alive. They certainly weren’t “extreme” measures, but the question of what love required was a complicated one.”
The person who has to give the okay in these cases, is probably the person who knows and loves the “patient” most. If it were me, I would probably make the decision based on what I know the “patient” would prefer. This issue should be settled by a living will, but is often not for the same reason I haven’t made one yet. But if it happens I believe my husband and sons know I would not want to be kept alive by drugs and machines.
Suicide, of course, I believe is wrong, but I do not believe it means that person is eternally damned because of it, as some people do. They hold that belief because it is a sin which cannot be repented of. I believe sins must continually be repented (and stopped) but I also know there is much to be said for the grace of God.
I believe assisted suicide is wrong for the same reason I believe euthanasia and abortion is wrong. Some second party must do something to cause the death.
Although I do not cite Bible scriptures, I believe the issues as stated above are in accordance with the Bible. However, I recognize that all Christians would not agree with me. It’s my blog so I’m blogging – not doing a research paper. 😀 I hope you will share your beliefs with me – sort of it’s my blog but your comments! I like to see two sides. As Archie Bunker would say, “There are two sides to every issue – my side and the wrong side.” 😀 (I’m joking)