Monday, 14 September 2009

Biblical Truth and the affirmation of Life

"No one can keep himself from dying ort put off the day of his death. That is the battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out".

Legalisation of euthanasia will not produce a solution to the needs of the individual sufferer; or address the health-care challenges of contemporary society. It is the expression of an attitude to life which belittles the sovereignty of God, diminishes the importance of sustaining relationships, and inhibits the pursuit of life-affirming answers for people in need and distress. Christians must be active in promoting positive alternatives derived from Biblical truth, so that the momentum toward intentional killing may be curbed. The Church of Scotland has an obligation before God to assert God’s interest in life, rather than in death; to exercise Christian compassion towards the sufferer, the disabled and the dying; and to encourage the relief of symptoms and improvement in the quality of life for such people. The Church cannot support euthanasia as a means to anything of these ends, and rejects the introduction of death as a treatment option in any clinical situation. Jesus said: ‘I am come that they may have Life, and that they may have it more abundantly’ (John 10:10). This declaration applies at the end of life or in the midst of distress, just as much as it does in any other circumstances, or any other time.


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