Assisted Suicide: A Right or a Wrong?

Assisted Suicide

Assisted Suicide: A Right or a Wrong?

“Matthew Donnelly loved life. But Matthew Donnelly wanted to die. For the past thirty years, Matthew had conducted research on the use of X-rays. Now, skin cancer riddled his tortured body. He had lost his nose, his left hand, two fingers on his right hand, and part of his jaw. He was left blind and was slowly deteriorating. The pain was unrelenting. Doctors estimated that he had a year to live. Lying in bed with teeth clenched from the excruciating pain, he pleaded to be put out of his misery. Matthew wanted to die now. His pleas went unanswered. Then, one day, Matthew’s brother Harold, unable to ignore Matthew’s repeated cry, removed a .30 caliber pistol from his dresser drawer, walked to the hospital, and shot and killed his brother. Harold was tried for murder.” – by Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez

The title of the paragraph cited above is Assisted Suicide: A Right or a Wrong?  It was retrieved from Santa Clara University, The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley, website published in the fall of 1987.  This article was published 26 years ago.  Do you think an answer was ever found? For some perhaps, but to others I doubt it.  What struck me was the actual question.

It wasn’t the question being asked in the first place that caught my attention.  No, it was how the question was phrased.  Is assisted suicide a Right as in a civil or human right?  Or, is assisted suicide a Wrong as in an offense or injustice?  What the question didn’t as was, is it right or wrong to assist someone in taking their life?  The presumption here may be that this moral question was already settled in the mind of the authors; therefore, the only question remaining was whether such action was protected under the constitution or prosecutable.

For me, the moral question is settled.  I harbor no confusion over whether suicide is right or wrong, and I have peace with my position.  I have often commented to friends and family that when my body quits working please don’t let machines take over the work my heart and brain should be doing.  I am hopeful that my decision reflects my hope and faith that someone other than the man in the mirror holds the reins over my life.

But what about assisting someone else to terminate their life?  Each of us will have to stand before the judgment seat of the Almighty (my belief and opinion) and answer for the decisions and actions we took in this life.  So if I take my life, I have to deal with that at some point.  But does this change the nature of the judgment I may face in the after-life when I have to answer for taking someone else’s life?  At first blush I want to say yes, my judgment should be harsher since I am acting in the place of God and ending someone else’s life.  I am taking that decision away from the Righteous One; however, is this any different if I take my own life?  Am I not taking that life and death decision out of His hands, or rather aren’t I taking the time and place and means of my termination out of His hands??

You might say an Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God cannot have any decision taken or usurped from Him.  But free will undercuts this argument because each of us has a free will.  So while our decision to terminate as well as the when and how are already known by God, the right to execute our will is still reserved for us.  Given this then, it would appear that the final judgment we will face might be ever the more frightening since such a decision reflects the antithesis of faith, trust, and hope in Him as our Sovereign Lord.  Free will it seems is the problem.  It was in garden during the most critical decision making dilemma in human history and it will be at the end of life.

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Reading the article paragraph provided in this post again, one can readily hear the pain and anguish such a decision caused both Matthew and Harold.  Is Assisted Suicide a Right or a Wrong?  Matthew’s pain should not be discounted nor that of his family.  I have no doubt that there are hundreds of situations just like this that occur across the nation all the time.  How could anyone look Matthew, or anyone else in a similar circumstance, in the eye and tell him/her/them that they need to finish out their life course regardless of how much suffering they experience?  Isn’t doing so putting us in the position of God, dictating how the person in suffering is to live and for how long?

Someone might argue why is it humane to end the suffering of a dog mashed in the street, or a cat that’s been burned beyond recognition or a horse that broke its leg making money for a human master but not the suffering of a fellow human being?  How can Assisted Suicide be wrong?

A counter to this argument might be that it is the master to whom this right is reserved.  We human beings have dominion over all the earth.  We do with the creatures whatsoever we will because we are their master.  The artist has every right to mold the work of his hands as he sees fit, to build a monument with beauty or purpose or neither.  Perhaps then this is our answer.  We have a Master and to Him is reserved the right to do whatsoever He wills with us.  As we are the clay and He is the Potter, who are we to say to Him, yes or no or maybe?  If the clay is to be discarded or re-made, let it be He would did first mold us make that decision and not we ourselves.

If neither argument is suitable, how then is the question, “Assisted Suicide: A Right or a Wrong”, to be answered? 

See Your Prosperity

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Can You See Prosperity

I had an absolutely fantastic weekend.  Monday was…well, Monday but otherwise I am feeling like a complete success.  I’m putting my plan in action and my new campaign is under development!  I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to get Dr Cho’s book the 4th Dimension.  I almost want to guarantee that if you buy it don’t love it, I will buy it back from you…I did say almost (smile).  I feel that confident in the book’s value though.

I have started envisioning 1000 new leads for the month of August.  All I need to do now is think about what that might look like and then meditate on that one thing until I get the assurance that it’s going to happen, that it is happening, that it has happened! I won’t try to evangelize you here but I will say that with all the things you can put your faith in, why not try God?  Why not put your hope and trust in what He has purposed for you?  What do you have to lose?  I believe that ultimately your success and prosperity is what God is after.  He really wants you to succeed and He has created a system to help you achieve it.  Dr. Cho calls it the power of the 4th dimension, the realm of the spirit world.

The 4th dimension has dominion over the 3rd which is the earth.  We live, breath and move within the 3rd dimension.  We are three dimensional creatures and we live in a three dimensional world.  Everything is a matter of authority and power.  The 3rd dimension has dominion over the second (a plane) and the second dimension has power over the 1st (a line).

If you draw a line, that line can only influence the molecules that are in its line space.  But if you stack multiple lines on top of each other you then have a plane and all lines in the plane are subject to that plane!  The ruled lines on notebook paper is always subject to whatever that paper is doing or being made to do by forces in the 3rd dimension.  This same principle goes with the 4th or spiritual dimension power over the 3rd.

It may sound crazy and a bit whacky, but it’s not.  It actually follows the general principles of physics.  More convincing to me are the examples given in the bible concerning how this spiritual realm works.  What Dr. Cho makes very clear in his work is that the 4th dimension is and can be used for both good and evil…now that should give you pause and to me, it explains some of the phenomenon that mankind has witnessed throughout time.

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If you’re willing, try Seeing Prosperity in your future.  Forget about the doom and gloom.  Don’t even speak negative language because language shapes the world you live in. Instead, speak of your success and see your prosperity.  Live in that space.

Any-who, I said all that to say that I intend to utilize the creative power of the Holy Spirit to create success for my business and my personal life.  I will speak positively about what I want to happen in my business endeavors and in my personal life.  I am going to meditate on increase.  I am going to see it in my mind’s eye, praise God for it, and wait on His assurance that it shall be.  I am going to walk in prosperity and speak it over the lives of all those connected to me.

So here is my recap:

  • 1000 leads a month for http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/jcraig63
  • Promotion to GS-13 at my present job
  • 500 new sales a month with http://www.empowernetwork.com/jcraig63/
  • A new job for my daughter at a prestige’s salon in California
  • A great, economic, and reliable car for my daughter to travel back and forth to work in
  • A new job for my wife in the banking industry that is very close to home.
  • Unrivalled prosperity for every reader of this blog.

In my prayers and meditations I intend to be much more descriptive about these things per the Word of God and the teachings presented in Dr. Cho’s book.  As I have said before, check back here and see what I have to testify about when the leads start pouring in and the things I have spoken out loud…err, typed, come to pass.

You Are Not Alone

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I received a phone call just the other day from a very dear friend. She was very distraught, hurt, and I could hear the fear in her voice as she shared with me the issue troubling her. Of course I will hold private the content of our conversation but I will share with you the one element I cannot get out of my mind. She was afraid.

She wasn’t afraid for her physical safety or anything like that, but she was scared for her future. She was hurting on the inside and the tears crowded our conversation from time to time. It was very difficult to listen to because I have a very close connection to her. We’ve been friends for a very long time. She’s a good hearted person and hearing her heart being wrenched into pieces was very hard. I wanted to reach through the phone and hug her.

We prayed together and I offered what words of comfort I could but it got me to thinking later after the phone call. What is it that people, people of faith, actually fear or worry about? Sure, there are a myriad of things under the sun that can happen and create fear in someone’s heart… but should it? Should we have fear in our hearts? My question has nothing to do with whether we can be scared or frightened by something. I’m a motorcycle rider and believe me I get scared from time to time when I’m out on those California highways!!! I think fear is a very human emotion. If you live and breathe I doubt you can escape it over the course of your life. No, what I’m talking about is what happens when one peers into the future. There is a difference I think between the fear you have when you think you hear a sound outside in the dark of night and what you might feel when you realize that your nest egg is gone. The difference isn’t just one of time either. One seems to go deeper. My friend’s fear was centered on what she thought or believed she was going to lose. It was a fear that was digging into the morrow of her spirit and soul. I could hear this very clearly.

If you are a Christian, then you have most likely heard the verse in Psalms 34:17-20 which says,

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Very comforting in my mind are these words…but then again, this appeal will vary from person to person. In my friend’s case, she wasn’t focusing on the promises spoken in this passage of scripture. What she was focusing on was a void, a pending tragedy that she had no control over. She was forgetting about what her faith taught her. The turmoil she was going through was, in my opinion, designed to do just that and prevent her from accessing the resources set before her. This happens to us all in some respect or to some degree. The difference is what we actually believe about ourselves and Him who called us to victory and prosperity.

I believe the key to staying positioned in such a way as to NOT lose sight of God’s promises to us is attitude and relationship. We must believe what He has said to us. This is attitude. We can improve our attitude by fostering our relationship with Him and other like- minded individuals. The stronger our relationship the more unshakeable our attitude will be. If you have the mind that is unshakeable, then you will always recall passages such as Psalms 34:17-20 when the noise of life attempts to distract you from your purpose. This is what I am praying for with my dear friend. I am reminding her of who she is and who our Father is. I am also reminding you my dear reader that you are not alone. No matter what you face in this life, you are not alone. Let that thought comfort you and help you seek clarity during the rainy season.

I am also going to eat a large helping of this for myself! I have been sitting on the fence with respect to the Empower Network. There are other products available in the network that I can sell as an affiliate but I have been dragging my feet unsure about what ramifications await me lol. I have been looking down the road and feeling a bit fearful about failure! So now it’s time to practice what I preach, pray, and dive in. We will keep you posted!