This can be a touchy subject to discuss on a blogging site, but I want to find out what other people think about euthanasia.
I agree with euthanasia because I'm against human suffering. I agree with this only when it is deemed necessary, so before you start calling me murderer, hear me out on my reasons for agreeing with this practice.
Visualize this scenario. A patient has a terminal disease, and everything's been tried to promote recovery, to no avail. The patient is in pain, he/she's been given medications to ease the pain but nothing works, and so every waking hour of every day, the patient has to suffer in great agony.
After a couple of days, the patient falls into a coma and is being kept alive by medical machinery. The family of this patient has tried everything and spent every single penny on the patient's treatment and hospitalization. The doctors say that there is no hope for him/her and so the family had two choices: let the patient die slowly or help them die faster, a good death, a painless death.
Regardless of the hardships and sadness, the family comes to a decision, and they ask the doctors to pull the plug on the machines that are keeping the patient alive. With great sadness and heaviness in their hearts, they watch as the patient takes there last breath and die as if he/she were still asleep.
The family had the option of keeping the patient alive for his/her last moments, but then they remembered the screams and painful moaning of the patient who would, every day, wake up to pain and sleep with pain. They wanted the patient to die a good death, a death that kept the patients dignity in tact and untouched.
Many people didn't agree with the family's decision to help terminate their family member's life who was already doomed to begin with. They were called murderers by many of them, but they didn't pay mind to their snide remarks and painful accusations because deep down they know that their family member was suffering on a daily basis at the last moments of his/her life. Deep down they feel that they made the right choice, though it was a painful one.Would you agree with this family's decision or would you be one of the people that accuse them for murder?
Are we playing the role of G-d when we make such a decision like terminating a dying human's life? My answer is that no, we aren't playing G-d because the person's fate was already decided by G-d. By practicing euthanasia, we're merely giving the person -- who's lived a good life -- a peaceful death, without pain.
Many times, people let their beliefs and emotions cloud their better judgement. Of course, not everyone is honest. Some people allow euthanasia on their sickened relatives just so they can get rid of them, regardless of the possibility of a substantial recovery.
According to an investigation on the legalization of euthanasia in Oregon, it was concluded that the reason for the approval of said practice was because the majority of the population aren't religious. And frankly, when I read this, I was not surprised due to the fact that the 99.99% of religious people are against "causing death" or "assisting suicide"; the possibilities of a religious person agreeing with euthanasia are quite slim, maybe 1 out of 10 religious people may agree somewhat with the practice, although not fully convinced, they might consider it in a situation that requires it.
There aren't a lot of countries that support a "good death," like for example in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are known to be religious -- and so are other Hispanics -- so here the legalization of euthanasia is completely out of the question, much like other countries that don't support the practice.
I just think that keeping a dying relative alive regardless of their suffering is selfish because the patient's feelings -- if they can be expressed -- are not being respected. Yeah, it's painful to lose someone you care about, but for me it's more painful and cruel to watch them die slowly.
It's a hard and rash decision to make, especially if the patient is unable to communicate their requests. And it's even harder when you're religious because by making this decision you are "shunning your spiritual and moral beliefs", this is what is often thought. I'm pretty sure that no one wants to feel continuous pain and agony in the last days of their lives.Are you for or against euthanasia? Do you think euthanasia is a "good death," or is it "playing God?" Is there anything in scripture that can point us to the moral and biblical truth about euthanasia?