“Euthanasia” is the act of intentionally causing the death of a person in order to avoid pain or suffering. This applies to those who have a painful or incurable disease.
There is a lot of controversy regarding this topic. For many, it is a “dignified death“, while others consider it an “assisted suicide.” People see this terrible decision as a solution to stop the pain and suffering that a disease can cause.
In most cases, patients are the ones requesting the deadly treatment. However, there are cases where family members are the ones asking for the treatment supply as a voice for their relatives that cannot make the decision by themself due to their critical condition. As it is in the case of those patients in a vegetative state, senile dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Currently, euthanasia is only legal in 5 countries, which are: Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Colombia, and Luxembourg.
But efforts are being made, for the legalization of treatment in other countries and the inclusion of other important aspects in its scope.
But, what does the word of God say about euthanasia?
Although the Bible does not directly mention this act, it shows a commandment that is very important to a believer, “you will not kill” Exodus 20:13. That is to say, both the one who gives his consent or the one who performs the very act of shortening life becomes homicide, (Leviticus 24:17).
In addition, the word of God teaches how valuable the life of the human being is to the Lord. It is so important, that he himself formed man and breathed the breath of life upon him.
«For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb », Psalm 139:13.
That is to say that although death is inevitable for all human beings, only God can decide the time of life.
Because nothing that man has, belongs to him, not even life, as he says in Psalm 24: 1.
That is why those who practice this act on a medical level, even if they do it legally, they are violating a very important principle in the Bible (1 Samuel 2: 6).
Although the person who suffers is the only one who knows how hard it is living with a condition of this kind. However, God knows the situation and what the person feels, if the person comes to Him, he will find the refuge and the rest for his body and soul during that time of affliction.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ”Psalm 73:26.