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It seems totally insane to me, but there is a real movement in the world to allow for euthanasia and assisted suicide. And in places where it already exists, the movement is working to expand who is able to get government approval and assistance to do it. Initially, this was something that was touted as a compassionate measure to keep people with terminal illnesses from suffering at the end of their lives. It seems now, though, that this rationale was nothing more than a means of getting the camel’s nose under the tent in order to expand it further.
This practice is completely legal in Canada, for instance – and it seems that efforts are currently being made to make it available to people who do not even have a terminal illness. A bill has actually been filed to that effect in the Quebec legislature. This occurred after the Quebec Superior Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the current law to be limited to people whose natural death was reasonably foreseeable. I’m sure that is not something that the country’s constitution actually addresses, but that is pretty much what you get when you have judges that consider their role to be lawmakers rather than law interpreters.
But back to Canada’s situation. They saw a 26% increase in euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2019 over the killings in 2018. That came out to be a total of 5,631 people that the government gave approval to so that they could have their lives snuffed out. But rather than ending up being a humane practice, this has turned out to be a moral cesspool. Looking more deeply inside the statistics, we see that a full 34% of those killed cited “not wanting to be a burden to their families” as their reason for doing it – not pain and suffering because of a terminal illness. Another 13.7% said they wanted to die because they felt isolated or lonely. What in the world is the Canadian government doing giving overt approval to people to end their lives for these kinds of reasons? But once again, this is what you get when naturalistic philosophy dominates a society. Human life simply doesn’t have ultimate value.
Some may be reading this and wondering why it should be considered such a problem. After all, if people want to die, why not just let them? Well, once again, that is pretty good naturalistic philosophy, but it does not reflect actual reality – and it certainly does not reflect biblical worldview values.
Naturalists believe that the only thing that exists is the natural universe, and that human beings are nothing more than natural animals – just like every other natural animal in existence. There is nothing special about the human species. As such, it is unfortunate when one dies, but that is just the way of nature. When an animal dies it just dies – there is no afterlife.
Well, if that is actually true, then maybe they have a point. But it is not true! There is more to reality than the natural universe, and human beings are more than just natural animals. We are persons created by God, in his image, and we have special value in God’s economy. He created human life for a purpose, and it is contrary to His revealed will to take innocent life – whether by one’s own hand, the hand of a criminal, or by the government.
This kind of immoral thinking that exists in Canada is already prominent in much of Europe. And sadly, based on the naturalistic beliefs that so dominate American society, there is an apatite for it here, as well. In fact, there are actually 10 political jurisdictions in the U.S. where it is already legal: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Naturalism is often touted by its believers as non-religious. In fact, however, it is a religion unto itself. And the only way to overcome it is to help those who believe in it to come to know Christ. A transformed heart is the only cure for this kind of immoral thinking, and it is up to Christians to come to a place where we are prepared to address this as a spiritual problem, not just a political one, if we want to turn things around.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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