Michigan right-to-die activist, Jack Kevorkian, died today at the age of 83. He was a leading advocate for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. During his lifetime he helped 130 patients to kill themselves.
Dr. Kevorkian’s worldview begins with the assumption that man is measure of all things (Humanism). It places human reason on the throne as king when it comes to questions of bio-ethics. His worldview viewed all of life as merely biological, just like an animal with no soul. His worldview would promote the opinion: “I have the right to do with my own body whatever I choose.”
This stands in stark contrast to the teaching of the Bible which states, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20).” The Christian worldview begins with the view that God is the Creator and sustainer of all life and that every human life is sacred, because we are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
Once you devalue human life on any level, you open the floodgates for the taking of human life on every level.
We do not have the right to play God when it comes to issues of life and death. The role of the physician is to sustain life, not to destroy it. There is only one God, and we are not Him. We will all stand before Him one day and give an account for what we have done in the body. According to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Kevorkian said that he was afraid to die and that he wasn’t ready to die. That is sad. However, if we have placed our trust in Christ alone for our salvation, we don’t have to be afraid when we die, for we know that the same God that we have trusted in our lives, will be our hope for eternity.
Proverbs 8:36 NIV “But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”