We empathize with those that hurt so bad that death becomes an attractive specter.
Doctor Kevorkian wanted to help those whose future seems to be hopeless and he perfected a suicide machine to do just that. But those thinking of suicide best ask themselves this question; “does death sweep its victim into a peaceful void?” What if the Bible is right about Hell, what then?
Euthanasia, suicide, the right to die with dignity, how should a compassionate Christian react? Exactly the way a real Christian should respond to every issue. He must humble himself before the Word of God. That’s what separates a Christian from the world. A Christian has this tenacious belief that the Bible is the Word of God, and he will trust and obey.
A Christian does not have the right to die when he chooses, in fact a Christian has no rights, he gave his rights to Jesus when he was born again. Christians have been bought with a price, not of silver and gold, but with the pure blood of Jesus Christ, and we want to glorify God until He calls us home. [First Peter 1:18, Romans 12:1-3]
The mature Christian in his suffering should realize that it is God’s will, that God is molding him into the image of His son [Romans 8:28-29]. To circumvent the suffering by suicide is to cheat yourself of God’s blessing and to exhibit an act of faithlessness to those around you. If you are suffering then pray that God will show you the reason, and thank Him that He considers you worthy enough to suffer for His sake, and you may be suffering not for yourself but that those around you will witness a good Christian testimony.
Rom_8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2Co_4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
But, what about those who are not Bible believers? First, suffering is a part of life and while many will never suffer unto death, most will know someone who will. We live in a sin cursed world and therefore terminal sickness happens. Sometimes it makes no sense, like my aunt dying from colon cancer. Other times it may be that God is actually showing mercy. He is trying to get someone to look to Jesus Christ and be saved. Actually that is the only hope anyone has, for the Bible is clear that, after death, all those who haven’t been born again will feel the flames of hell for ever and ever and ever.
Hell is real. Jesus spoke many times about that place of torments, thirst, and fire [see Bible passage below]. It’s a place where suffering is so much worst then anything, anyone, anytime, has ever suffered here in this life. Those who die in horrible anguish, if they haven’t been saved, would sooner relive their suffering. But forever they can not.
In this land of Christian nonsense many don’t believe that a compassionate God could ever send anyone to a Biblical Hell. They recoil at the horror of it. I wonder if they have considered that they are saying the Bible is in error, or Jesus is lying, or using scare tactics to convince the ignorant to accept His teaching. We all had better believe that Jesus tells nothing but the truth.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”[John 14:6]
Earlier I wrote that no one ever suffered in this life what the eternal suffering in Hell will be like. Well that is true for us but Jesus, God’s only begotten Son died a most painful death upon the cross. He suffered so we could live, and His suffering was as the pains of Hell. Your only hope, regardless of your physical condition, is to receive Him as your saviour. Don’t seek death seek life, for where there is life there is hope.
2Co_5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Christian compassion compels us to help the terminally ill by presenting to them the God of hope, not death, before it is eternally too late.
THERE IS A HELL
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.