Misleading teaching on suicide

15 July 2011

Supporters of assisted suicide are taking the law into their own hands.

For some time people have been going to Dignitas in Switzerland to end their lives, about 150 of them from Britain.  The most recent example is a paralysed man whose mother told the BBC that she had taken him to Switzerland so that he could end his life.

The Evangelical Democratic Union in Switzerland promoted a referendum in Switzerland on whether to stop people travelling to Zurich to take part in “suicide tourism”, and restrict the practice to Zurich residents.  An overwhelming vote supported continuing the present practice.

In 2009 a proposal by Lord Falconer to allow people to help someone with a terminal illness travel to a country where assisted suicide is legal was thrown out by the House of Lords.  However the practice has carried on and developed, and the hands-off approach by the police and prosecutors is yet another way of bringing the law into disrepute.  It is yet another example of the crumbling moral framework of our society - it shows uncertainty among our law-makers and law-enforcers, arising from the moral crisis about the source of ethical law in a multi-cultural society.  However multi-cultural we may be, we are a Christian society which was built upon the Judaeo-Christian ethic.  However, as humanists peddle their agenda, the conflicting sources of law are creating greater strain on our society than the euro and a single European interest rate is putting on the European Unon. 

The humanist agenda is international, and like the internet this cannot be easily controlled by domestic legislation.  Irish girls got round the abortion ban by travelling to Britain.  The answer to this culture of death and suicide pacts is teaching Christian doctrine, but our politicians dare not say so.  Homosexuals have found more courage to promote their practices than Christians have found to articulate their doctrine.  This culture of death which began with legalising abortion and covering over suicide, removed capital punishment for murder and it is gaining momentum towards voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.  Televison soaps are used to soften up the public, such as Emmerdale which showed a mother who helped her disabled son to die.

There is a misconception that people who commit suicide are “at peace”.  Humanists believe this, and Muslim suicide bombers are persuaded that they will go to paradise.  The early Christian Church witnessed many martyrs for the Christian religion, but it had to teach Christians that excessive desire for martyrdom was akin to committing suicide, and that this did not get them to heaven faster, rather it was self-murder and the Scripture says: “no murderer has eternal life in him” 1John 3:15.  There is no proof that a person who commits suicide goes to heaven or is “at peace”.  Wrong doctrine will usually result in wrong practice, but our politicians dare not say such things in public - it is time we had Christian politicians who will articulate lessons that the public need to hear.

Scripture teaching on murder and capital punishment:
Genesis 9:6 murder is an attack on the image of God in man.
Exodus 20:13 “thou shalt not kill” - the sixth of the Ten Commandments.
Deu 17:6 one witness is not sufficient for capital punishment.
Deu 19:6 manslaughter is “not worthy of death” because there was no hatred.
Deu 19:11 murder involves pre-meditation, planning and hatred.
Deu 19:13,21 pity should not interfere with retributive justice.  The emotive arguments used against capital punishment are anticipated and contradicted in God’s law.
Deu 19:21 the law of retaliation Lex talionis is in the context of false accusation. Those who falsely accuse a person of murder will themselves be sentenced to capital punishment if they are proven to be false witnesses.
Mat 5:21-26 Jesus’ teaching on murder.
Mat 5:38 Jesus’ teaching on retaliation and false witnessing.
Mk 7:9-13; John 8:5,7 Jesus’ teaching on capital punishment.
Act 25:11 Paul’s view of capital punishment.
Romans 13:4 the ruler with lawful authority does not carry the sword in vain.
1John 3:15 “no murderer has eternal life in him.”

Capital punishment is only common when Scriptural principles are abandoned or overlooked.  Most cases of convicted murderers would result in life imprisonment because the requirement of two or three human witnesses to the deed would not be fulfilled.

Most miscarriages of justice have taken place because of the application of unscriptural standards of evidence.  Forensic evidence is useful but it is not sufficient to merit the death penalty.  Interpretations of human intentions is not sufficient.  There must be two or three witnesses to establish a matter Deu 19:15 or words Mat 18:16; 2Cor 13:1.

Public and mass killings may have many human witnesses.  In such cases where there is no dubiety of identification and where the responsibility of identification is shouldered by two or more human beings, the Scripture teaches capital punishment.

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