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August 8, 2014

The “Right to Die” Is Not the Answer to Suffering

5 Responses to The “Right to Die” Is Not the Answer to Suffering

  1. MarcoPolo says:

    I fully appreciate the life I’ve been given, and I completely understand the “Slippery Slope” fears. But isn’t the decision to end one’s life, the sole decision of the individual?
    The author, Nathaniel Torrey does a fine job of defining some of the tenets of faith, and futility of some of life’s tribulations, without condemning those who choose differently.
    As for me, I hope and pray I am allowed the right to choose when, and how I die.

    • Sharon Moe says:

      How do we know if the wretchedness lies in the infirmity or exists only as a figment of the observer’s imagination. How does it honor God to decide that you or someone else has “had enough.” To enter fully into suffering robs the devil; he will not follow you there.

      • MarcoPolo says:

        Good question, Sharon Moe.

        Having experienced several aging, and dying relatives and friends, I can only attest to what they expressed to me during their final days.

        Two of them, one being my father, said that he just wanted the futility of life support systems to be stopped. He had suffered a stroke at the age of 80, and he was ready to meet God. Which after two weeks of Hospice care, he finally expired.

        My mother, on the other hand, had languished for ten years in a nursing home, suffering the ravages of Alzheimers disease.

        Due to her lifelong efforts to healthy living, it was sad that her brain wasn’t as healthy as her body, yet her body sustained her long past the point at which she would have wanted it to.

        It was a blessing that she was already experiencing memory loss when my father died, as I can’t imagine how devastating it would have been for her, after forty-eight years of marriage. I truly believe that God dovetailed those events for her peaceful transition to widowhood.

        My father always said he “wanted to die in good health.”
        Kinda like dying with your boots on. Well, it doesn’t always work out as planned…but it’s not bad to have a plan either.

  2. Lephteez Arfoneez says:

    Archbishop Carey:
    You cannot be pro-death and be a Christian. Sorry.

    Look at your insigificant church and ask yourself:
    Has conforming to the world filled up our empty pews? Nope – just the opposite.

  3. John S. says:

    Given how desparately churches and christians stuggle to avoid inconvience and discomfort its hard for them to voice a theology of suffering that has credibility or makes sense.

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