On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/18/20), Hank discusses an article he read in The Economist titled, “A Design for Death: Meeting the Bad Boy of the Euthanasia Movement” by Mark Smith. The article features an “elegant gas chamber” happily dubbed “Sarco”—short for sarcophagus. The slick, spaceship-like pod has a seat for a passenger seeking a memorable exit into the darkness of death. Sarco is the brainchild of Philip Nitschke, who is an advocate of what he calls “rational suicide”—suicide as a defensible option even in the absence of a terminal illness—and for proposing a mechanism through which that can occur via the gentle press of a button. How different from the Christian perspective in which the timing and terms of death are the province of God alone. A worldview in which no doctor is ever permitted to usurp the prerogative of Deity. While passive euthanasia is morally permissible in that it allows the process of dying to run its natural course, active euthanasia is morally prohibited because it directly involves the taking of one’s life. Life is a gift from God and every decision toward euthanasia is a decision against the Living God; a rationalized negation of His very essence.
Hank also answers the following question:
- Do we have any records of how the Jews reacted to the veil in the temple being rent at Christ’s crucifixion?