Today many people believe they have a right to death. Some base their understanding off of our constitution’s proposition that we are given inalienable rights such as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, stating that if we feel life is not worthwhile living in a coma on a hospital bed, we should have the right to end our life. Initially this basis sounds logical. They claim that it is an individual’s right (or a guardian’s if he cannot respond at the time) to determine whether he should live or die. If someone doesn’t want to be a financial burden to his family and live unresponsive for years and years, they should have the opportunity to be taken off the ventilators or the feeding tube and allowed to die. This has spurred on living wills, where a person has the ability while they are still alert and functional to determine if under a vegetative or brain dead state they would prefer to die. However, should believers ever honor a request for death? If a friend wanted you to shoot him because he was dying of cancer, would you do it? Despite the supposedly good intentions of living wills, most often there is not a circumstance when it would be biblically ethical to use and uphold a living will.
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