Legalizing Murder

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Should assisted suicide be legal? Debates based on this question have been going on quite some time. Euthanasia, another word for assisted suicide, under no circumstances should be tolerated. Despite the patient request, the act of taking one's life is murder, no matter which way you look at it. Often patients don't even request their deaths. In the Netherlands, assisted suicide is legal. According to James Thornton, in his argument against euthanasia, "It is documented that each year Dutch doctors actively cause or hasten the deaths of 1,000 patients without the patient's requests" (Thornton). Murder is a sin. In fact, the Bible states in Leviticus chapter 24 verse 21b, "But whoever kills a man must be put to death." If this practice were allowed, it could have devastating effects on those around us and even our own lives. Euthanasia is unethical and contrary to Christian beliefs.

When we live or die is simply not for us as humans to control.

After all, who are we to decide when the time is right? When we take a life, we are essentially "playing God." God brought us into the world, and therefore only God should have the ability to take us out of it. Jeremiah 29: 11-13 says, "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" This clearly states that God created each and every one of us for a purpose. By supporting euthanasia, we are making a conscious decision to end these lives possibly before their purpose is fulfilled. God may even bring others to him by inspiration of the suffering we are going through. The entire book of Job in the Bible tells a story about this subject...