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Alleviating Suffering by Death: A Christian’s Perspective on Enduring Suffering and Mercy Killing

The topic of euthanasia is a difficult and challenging one. And so I proceed with great caution.

Many Christians have equated euthanasia with suicide. Suicide is self-murder. And since murder is wrong, then euthanasia is wrong. So my question in this pursuit of the ethics of euthanasia is, is this different than suicide? And ultimately, what does the Bible have to say about it?

I’ve heard people say that we shouldn’t intervene the timing of God. But, is God not sovereign to know when and how one will cease to exist? If God has numbered our days, and God determines the day we die, are we not taking away his timing when we use medicine and other devices to prolong life? And others have said that a person should die naturally. But, when we get sick with a virus or bacteria that can kill us, do we not take medicine? Why is it we believe God desires that people with terminal illness must suffer greatly before they die?

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Iraqi Christians, ISIS, and the Apostle Paul

“…they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died. That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word.” (Acts 7:58-8:4)

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is a jihadist group. It claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning with territory in the Levant region. The group has been officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council and the United States. ISIS is known for its harsh interpretation of the Islamic faith and sharia law and has a record of brutal violence, which is directed at Shia Muslims and Christians in particular. According to a study compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies, ISIS has plans to seize power and turn the country of Iraq into a fundamentalist Islamic State (IS), which is the name they are now being called.

The Scoop

  • About 100,000 Christians have abandoned their villages in the Nineveh plains after being attacked by ISIS
  • ISIS gave Christians in Mosul an ultimatum: convert to Islam, leave the area, or die. They are prohibited from taking anything but the clothes on their backs
  • Sadly, a few Christians were reported to have converted to Islam in order to save their families’ lives and their property
  • All churches and monasteries are under ISIS control. Crosses have been removed from them, some have been burned, destroyed, and looted, while many other are being used as ISIS centers
  • Most Christians in Mosul have fled to the East, to the city of Erbil, the capital and largest city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Erbil’s governor, Nawzad Hadi, has pledged to protect fleeing Christians and other minority groups
  • Along with the widespread religious persecution, ISIS is also embarking on a campaign that violates the human rights of Muslim women in the area. The UN reports ISIS has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around the city to undergo female genital mutilation

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