Am I Living While I’m Alive?

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terminal-care-book-coverRecently I watched a film entitled “How To Die In Oregon” about legalized “physician-assisted suicide.”  However the phrase “physician-assisted suicide”is misleading in that the physician is not at the bedside injecting something to end one’s life.  The physician prescribes Nembutal or Seconal which taken in large quantity quickly and painlessly puts the person into a coma and then death.  What was evident in the film is that those choosing this option do so because it’s clear their end is near and they simply cannot take any more pain.  What I found myself thinking (to my shock) while watching was how similar this approach is to that taken by the early Christian martyrs who embraced certain death rather than deny their faith in Jesus Christ!  The core issue which is common to both situations is forgoing the steps to prolong life.

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