Why shouldn’t someone have the right to end their own lives? Well, in reality, they do. If someone has such an intent and takes the right actions they will succeed in their endeavor. What law can then stop them? What punishment shall we bring upon them once they are dead?
Now, a legal argument can be made against assisted suicide and it can with a decent measure of success be enforced. The one assisting is still alive to punish and this can certainly serve as a deterrent.
It is odd, but those who favor the right of an individual to end their own life miss the irony of also being in favor of assisted suicide. You see, the argument in favor of the right of someone to end their own life is based on the view that, “its their own life, they can do with it as they please. Its no one else’s business.” If it is no one else’s business then what are they doing by getting involved and assisting? They are getting involved in someone else’s business.
The argument against Euthanasia is not a legal one. It is not even just an ethical one. It is a spiritual argument.
The foundation of the belief that suicide is an acceptable act is built upon a faulty assumption. The statement, “It is my life, I can do with it what I want,” is untrue. You did not create this life. You did not purchase this life. It was given to you as a gift by its creator, God and was ransomed by its Savior, Christ.
When you make it your life, in the sense that you possess it, you have become your own God. This gives us a clue as to why someone would want to end thier life. They have lost hope. Surely there is little or no hope in to be found in ourselves as our own God. Our God must be someone greater than ourselves in order for us to find any hope in him. It is the running of ones own life that brings them to the point where they feel the answer is suicide.
It is not our own life, that we can do with it what we want. We are not our own God. If we live our lives daily with God as the ruler we can avoid the utter desperation and despair that makes us believe suicide to be the answer. As it is not our own life to do with, it certainly isn’t someone else’s to assist in bringing it to an end. Obviously if it is morally wrong and devastating to make the choice to be your own God, it is just as bad or worse to act as the God of someone else’s life. Rather than fighting for the right of someone to take their own life, a right that we have shown really does not exist, let us fight to show them the hope that exists in submitting to God as the owner and ruler of their life.