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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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