The Bible And The Teachings Of Jesus

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What is suggested in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus?

Whilst the bible does not specifically mention euthanasia, it does address closely related topics. Euthanasia is essentially killing out of mercy, hence the name ‘mercy killing’. The bible tells us that we are not to murder (Exodus 20:13) and any form of taking a life is seen as killing. It says that we die when God chooses us to, and to murder is an attempt to deny God his right of appointing death. Therefore, ‘mercy killing’ is going against God’s will and is a sin. The sixth commandment is “You shall not murder”, and that justifies what is previously said. However, in the beatitudes, it says “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. If we show mercy by killing, wouldn’t this equal out our balance of good and bad? The bible disagrees. In the book of Job, when Job is in great pain and distress, his wife says to him

Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die! ' 10 But he said to her, 'You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity? ' In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10)

Job’s wife wants him to ‘euthanize’ to avoid his pain and suffering, but Job refused as it would be a sin, and accepted that it was God’s will. Teaches us that even if we are in pain and suffering, then we should trust in God. It says that we must wait our turn for death, and not take God’s responsibility into our own hands. “Do you not…

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