Matthew 5.19 cont.
19 Whoever, then should break one of the least of these commandments and should teach men to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall practices and teach them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The next three commandments of God are inter-related.
Firstly the taking of someone else’s life has always been wrong, since Cain murdered his brother Abel. In our world today it has never been easier to extinguish the life of others. There is a vast array of weapons readily available that makes it easier to commit murder.
The shocking reality of this has been seen this year in the USA, France, Germany, and Belgium, where mass murder has been carried out by terrorists.
It is God who has given us life, and it is He who takes it away:
Look now; I Myself am He! There is no other god but Me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one can be rescued from My powerful hand – Deuteronomy 32.39 (NLT).
In our modern society there is a debate about euthanasia, the administering of drugs to deliberately terminate someone’s life. It is also true that drugs or machines can prolong someone’s life beyond their appointed time to die.
These are difficult moral issues, made complex by man’s determination to disregard the word of God.
It is a debate of massive importance, one which we do not have time to discuss in detail here.
The question is: does euthanasia equate to murder? Does it mean that to terminate someone’s life, even for compassionate reasons, usurps God’s right to give and take away life? Does euthanasia make those who are involved in this equal to God?
My personal opinion is that mankind has no right to deliberately end the life of others by assisting them to die. However, for those who are suffering, every effort should be made to bring relieve from their suffering so that they can die peacefully when God’s time is right for Him to take their life.
The most important question is whether or not a person has received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. For those who have they already have passed from death to life.
Many Christians are still being murdered today, because they are followers of Jesus. We can be sure that they are reaping the joy of being present with the Lord, though absent from the body.