Death with Dignity

I have been asked a couple of times about the stories circulating about death with dignity. You know I usually try to relate my blog post to racing but not this time. I am going to go straight to my thoughts and what I think God and Scripture think on this subject.

My first thought is that I as I hear the stories of those choosing this is their health issues that I understand are real. It is not like they have some health issues that are minor and going to go away. I think of the families and the person struggling with health challenges and it is hard for me to imagine what they are going through. You that know my family has dealt with some severe health issues so I do have a glimpse of the continuous challenge and emotions strain.

I will break this into groups and try to explain one at a time.

First, Value of life, the sanctity of life

Let’s allow God to speak through His Holy Scriptures.

Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. NIV

Psalm 39:4Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. NIV

Psalm 139:13-16 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. NIV

We see here that God give life. He is the Creator and we know from many other Scriptures He loves us deeply. He always is truthful and always kind. I do acknowledge that there is a fallen world that we live in and we have all sinned and are part of the fallen world. Because of sin this world has disease and death. It is important for us to know that God is the one that numbers our days and He values us. He does not want to see anyone die before they are born nor does He want any to die early.

Second, in each case I have read about I hear a LOUD cry of hopeless

Isaiah 57:10 You are wearied in the length of your way; Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; Therefore you were not grieved. NKJV

We are going to address where that comes from but we can understand in a world that preaches that it should be easy and we should always be comfortable we can see why in these cases there is a hopelessness. Clearly there is NO hope outside of Jesus but there is great hope in Jesus.

Third, there is an unseen battle

In Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. NKJV

There is a battle between good and bad righteousness and evil. God is a God of life and light. Satan is the god of death and darkness. There are clearly two sides at war. We see it all around us. In 1 Corinthians 15 the Scriptures tell us there is a victory and it is the LORD Jesus Christ.

Fourth, know we have a battle on our hands let’s think of who we battle against. It is the Devil and he is a complete liar. John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. NKJV John 8:55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. NKJV With those verses in mind we see that we have to be careful because we know our hearts can easily be deceived especially when we are weak and in pain.

Fifth, Suicide is not directly addressed in the Bible but we know that God gives and loves life and that the enemy hates life and loves pain, suffering and death. Suicide leaves behind pain and suffering. We also see this in Revelation 6:16-17 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” NIV. In the suicides in the Bible it was always nonbelievers and always looking for an easy way out. God loves us and He wants to be there for us but He will not push His way into our lives. He waits on us to invite him in.

In conclusion I am saddened to hear of those that are in such great pain and grieved even deeper that they see no hope. I would pray that there would be someone close by that would show them God’s love and they would see they can reach out to Jesus for hope and salvation.

I know this is a tough subject with many sides and I may not have given the explanation that some wanted but if a house is on fire you want someone to run into the house with truth or if you are about to drink poison you would want someone to warn you. I hope my love comes through that I just want to help and would be glad to spend time one on one with you if you have questions or want to challenge what I have said.

May the greatness and goodness of God be evident and may you have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

Pastor Todd

1 Comments

  1. Mark Van Veghel

    Todd , all I know is when I was a little kid and a relative or some one would say of a very ill person , ” it would be better if God would take him { or her ] I never -ever understood that , Until my dad was terribly ill from cancer , To see him suffer for days and days was heartbreaking , Then I understood what they meant when I was a little kid ,,sorry we couldn’t connect this year at the track , Mark

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