What does the Bible say about euthanasia?

Hello Q,

Thank you for contacting BibleAsk.

Euthanasia, is sometimes called “mercy killing.” A related term is “assisted killing” where a person seeks to euthanize himself, with the aid of a medical professionals to ensure that death is quick and painless.

The Bible teaches that death is appointed to all “I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living” (Job 30:23). And no one has power over his death hour “No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death (Ecclesiastes 8:8).

As a gift from God, life should be preserved (Genesis 2:7). And the Christian should protect life and should not withhold life-saving treatments. Therefore, euthanasia for a dying person to speed up his death is wrong. The Lord has the last word in the issue of life and death (1 Corinthians 15:26,54–56; Hebrews 2:9,14–15; Revelation 21:4). Euthanasia and assisted suicide are man’s attempts to usurp that power from the Creator.

But there is a difference between preserving life and prolonging death. When a patient’s body begins to shut down and when medical intervention fails to heal but only prolong the natural process of dying, then removing the machines and allowing that person to die is not immoral.

God gives life purpose and meaning till the point of death. Even pain has a purpose in our lives “…but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5:3). Christians are called to submit to suffering to fulfill God’s redemptive plans in their lives (1 Peter 2:20-25; 3:8-18; 4:12-19).

So, those that suffer should not resort to euthanasia to end their suffering but rather ask for power to endure till the end. And the Lord promised, “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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