Is It Humane To Let Kids Kill Themselves?

Multiple outlets are reporting that Canada is considering expanding their euthanasia practices to including children. That is not even the shocking part of the reports. In the proposal it wants the decision to be up to the child without including the parents. Heritage reports, “Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children recently unveiled a plan for how to terminate the lives of terminally ill kids—with or without parental consent. The article detailing the Toronto hospital’s plan was published three months before the Council of Canadian Academies is due to report to Parliament on expanding physician-assisted suicide to additional cases; namely, ‘requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition.’ According to this plan, so-called “minors” under 18 who desire confidentiality may conceal their wishes from their parents, and their families would not be informed of their decision until after the patient was dead.”
I wrote in an earlier blog about the biblical stance of euthanasia. This time I would like to look at the root cause of this increasing worldview. With the ever increasing agnostic and existential belief  in the world, we are seeing now the practical fruits of this stemming belief. The increase of faith in science and the decrease of the belief of anything definitively spiritual has brought about this type of morality. Let us break down the ever popular philosophy or spirit of the age that we are living in to understand how we got here. 
  • The only thing you can know for sure is that which you experience. Anything that engages your senses (sight, sound, taste and touch) is the only thing that can be real. If you cannot see it, taste it, hear it or touch it then it’s not real and probably not true. Like for instance...God.
  • There is no God. Or if there is, I can not possibly know for sure who he/she or it is. This belief is agnosticism; I can not physically see or hear God so He is not there, He is not real. This is why science is so trusted and worshiped. It tests that which is physical and “real”.
  • If there is no God or if we can not know who God is, then we certainly can not know anything about an afterlife. We cannot say for sure anything having to do with heaven, hell, purgatory, reincarnation etc. 
  • If there is no God, then there is no definitive or objective moral truth. Truth then becomes relative. Whatever you believe is true and right is perfectly fine. Believe whatever you want as long as it doesn’t’ hurt anyone.
  • If there is probably no God and probably no afterlife, then this life is all I got. This is existentialism; this life is all I got, so I should do everything I can to enjoy it. This is where we get common everyday phrases like, “Do everything you want to do” “Live life to the fullest” “Do anything that makes you happy” “If you can, do it now while you still can” “You only have so long, so enjoy it now” “Live out or pursue your dreams” “You only live once” etc. 
  • If this life is all you have and you should do everything you want to live life to the fullest then no one should stand in your way. We are told to avoid people that don’t support who we are and what we want to do. Parents are not supposed to be parents. Parents are to be life coaches and not squander our kids dreams. 
  • If I determine what is right, if all I have is this life I’m currently living, if I can live however I want to make me happy, then I should die if I want without anyone telling me different. 

This is why euthanasia is becoming so popular across the globe. Beliefs and ideas have consequences, good or bad. And what we are seeing with euthanasia is the natural byproduct of the common belief and philosophy of the world today. This worldview, this line of thinking is what has lead us to a country legitimately contemplating allowing minors to decide for themselves to end their life without their parents involvement. The unfortunate reality is that you can believe whatever you want but that doesn’t mean you are right. But no one wants to hear that. Remember what I said for my fourth point that you can believe whatever you want and that is right and true to you. But truth is not relative. Truth is not something that changes. And there are so many people that are making a decision they think is commendable and will have a rude awakening to reality when they face God. We need to protect our kids and not let them live however they want. We need to tell them the reality of God and His truth. The devil has done a good job of installing a worldview that is duping people into killing themselves off to hell and thinking that it is humane. I’d like to leave with a quote that I think summarizes well where we are at as a society. 

“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.” Booker T. Washington 

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