Friday, November 7, 2008

Euthanasia #2 - sanctity of life ...or lack of

Life is so fleeting, precious...we cling to it. We say there is a sanctity to life. And because God created life, we have no right to take it.

Yet we do.

We take life. Often unflinchingly. Abortions have been legalized not just in Singapore, but many other places in the world. We don't blink. We don't even look away now, so hardened has our hearts become. Sure...we make all kinds of rationalizations...about the age of foetus, about the safety of the mother...But these are all rationalizations. We kill when we execute murderers. Another round of rationalizations. And we kill going to wars.

Sanctity of human life. Hardly.

We are hypocrites, because we profess something and do something contrary. There is an appropriate passage in the Bible, when Jesus turns to his disciples and warns them about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees..."I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell."

Jesus makes it abundantly clear. It is not the physical body that is holy...that is worth protecting. It has never been about the physical body, about the physical life.

The EEG and the lubdubs of the heart beats are not all there is to the story.
They cannot be.

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