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9/25/13 at 11:08 PM 0 Comments

Hawking again and Right to Die

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Thinkers may not be your first selection in election choices noting as someone said “it is much easier to educate a doer than to activate a thinker” … but we continue to observe that our world is continually shaped by thinkers and their ideas whether for good or evil. Another friend wonders why we need ponder on thoughts that will come to nothing … only that they often do not. It took over a century for us to move from freudian redefinition of sexuality and related thoughts of freedoms to today when Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church says the Church must stop “obsessing” over homosexuality, abortion, and contraception. Nor can we blame thinkers that originate religions but must still admit perhaps unintended consequence as we read of another chilling and symbolic terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya. The latest thought-bomber must be the highly respected Stephen Hawking who says individuals should have the right to choose how to die.

In the box office hit ‘Amour” , an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad - model post-modern love which ends with Georges murdering his wife. Anne who had suffered a stroke which paralyses her on one side of her body and which rapidly deteriorates …until Georges writes a note that he has released the “bird” … symbolizing a mercy killing. We are left to conclude that this must have been the wish of the deeply loved Anne.

1Ch 10:4 Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

The armor bearer who loves his master is afraid to offend God to help even a wicked King Saul end his life, but today’s euthanasia enthusiasts have less fear … and more logic.

Christopher Caldwell reported recently in the financial times that lobbyists for euthanasia seem to be winning people over to this way of thinking. The 71-year-old physicist Stephen Hawking in an interview to the BBC opines that … “those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives, and those that help them should be free from prosecution ...” he replied. “But there must be safeguards that the persons concerned genuinely want to end their life and are not being pressurized into it, or having it done without their knowledge and consent.”

Scientist Stephen Hawking enjoys a reputation of being the world’s deepest thinker … a man immobilized by a paralyzing infirmity and who gives credible evidence that a rich inner life may not be enough for those dealing with serious infirmity …. and forcing life on them may be unfair. The Bible is in strong disagreement … not that this matters to Hawking’s deep thoughts.

Job_33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

If every human life is a gift from God, then the random taking of that life must be a highly offensive theft and murder to the Creator that owns and gives that life. The right to kill that doctors, infirmed and their relatives will soon demand is perhaps still many decades to come. As foetus in early life in the womb seems to have lost the right to life in this age of enlightenment and now, at the end of lfe - the infirmed elderly and close dependents seek to affirm the right to death or to kill … the exclusion of God is perfected and human convenience is completely idolized. In Christianity, the end does not justify the means. Forgeting God in anything is foolishness.

Psa_14:1  .The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

We need to speak that this is evil. We should pray for God’s mercy that these thoughts perish and not mature to fruition. We should pray today concerning the future … never to see an era when it becomes commonplace to arrive at hospital to meet the sick helped by medical practitioners or loved ones to pass on because they can no more bear pain or want to relieve us of the more crippling burden of care. Watchmen cannot be silent when cinema celebrates this matter as “amour” when in fact it is selfish wickedness or at best ignorance of injustice to God.

As for those who plead that we be silent and not express agitations on future remote possibilities as this …until too late … Eze 3:18  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Eze 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

For the sick, the Bible gives a promise and hope ...as we cry to God. ...Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.... Even now, someone, somewhere is being healed. Amen

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