Making an end of life decision for yourself or your loved one may be the most
difficult decision you will ever have to make. This is why it is so important that you know what you want BEFORE the time comes when you are in a medical crisis and doctor is asking you what you want to do.
How can you make a God-honoring choice? These decisions can be very complicated.
How can you know what God wants you to do? There is a fine line between causing death and letting death occur naturally.
First it is important to understand the difference between what we would like and what we believe is the right thing to do. For example, I might WANT a bright red new sports car, but if I do not have the money to pay for it, I should not buy it. We cannot have everything we want in life and, by the same token, we cannot always have things work out the way we want in death.
In order to make a biblically based end-of-life decision, it is necessary to decide what you believe the Bible says. If you establish your basic belief system, then you can evaluate possible decisions against those beliefs to see if they line up.
To help you with this, we offer some basic biblical concepts for you to consider.
1) God is the giver of life. He knows when it is time for us to die.
2) The Bible forbids the taking of innocent life. 3) God places great value on life. We must show respect for all life regardless of the abilities or condition of that person. 4) Suffering is used by God for a variety of purposes. No where in the Bible is suffering a sanctioned reason for ending life. 5) God has given us gifts and talents which He expects us to put to good use. This means that if we can help some one, or to save a life, we should try to do so if possible. 6) God is both sovereign and loving. As Christians, it is our life long mission to trust Him in all that we do. He is trust worthy.
7) God is merciful and he knows our hearts. we don't have to make the right decision, just the best one we can.
Pray before you make up your mind about what end of life measures you want. Try not to base any of your decisions on fear or doubt about God's love. He can make the last days and hours before death valuable. And when the time comes to part from this earth, know that Jesus will welcome you with loving arms.
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.
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