PHI-413V Week 4 DQ 2
Reflect on the analysis of the sin of suicide and thus, euthanasia from the topic readings. Do you agree? Why or why not? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response.
Personally, I do agree that “suicide is morally wrong because they have seen in it a contradiction of our nature as creatures, an unwillingness to receive life moment by moment from the hand of God without ever regarding it as simply our possession” (Meilaender, 2013). In addition, according to Meilaender (2013), “from Christians, each person’s life is a divine gift and trust, taken up into God’s own eternal life in Jesus, to be guarded and respected in others and in oneself”. A personal life, is not simple belong to oneself, belong to the Creator and involves to other lives. Therefore, no one has the right to end the life of self or others.
Why do people commit suicide or euthanasia? Sufferings? As a mankind, suffering is a significant part of human life that can have meaning or purpose. God does not really solve or take away the problem of suffering; rather, God himself lives that problem and bears it (Meilaender, 2013). The great God of eternal life does not opt to eliminate sufferings. Therefore, as a mortal, one has no excuse to choose death to avoid sufferings or diseases. We need to comprehend the meaning or purpose of sufferings as well as live to glorify God’s will.
Meilaender, G. (2013). In Bioethics: A Primer for Christians [Adobe Digital Edition] (3rd ed.). Retrieved from https://viewer.gcu.edu/UXWB22.
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