Right to Life of Southern Indiana is having an essay and poster contest. Ben is in the age group now that has to write an essay. He chose to write one on Eutenasia. He did a wonderful job. I was very proud of my soon to be 10 year old. I thought I would, with his permission, post it for you to read. He said he didn't mind that the people here in Indiana read it, but he was a little worried about it being "out there for the whole world to read". Well, I assured him that the whole world surely was not reading my blog.....and, he did this whole project to increase awareness about this terrible thing that is allowed to happen, so this would be a great way to witness to a lot of people. So...here it is!
Good Death? I Don’t Think So!
By Ben Heinz
The word “euthanasia” in Greek means “good death.” The words “good” and “death” just cannot go together. Death came into the world because of sin, and sin is not good!
What do people mean by “euthanasia?” Euthanasia can be done two ways. Neither of them are “good.” Euthanasia by action is doing something, like giving a deadly shot. The other way is called euthanasia by omission, which is refusing food, water, or medical help so that the patient dies.
God says in the Bible, in the Fifth Commandment, “You shall not murder.” This means you should not do anything to hurt someone or his body. So euthanasia would be going against God’s Fifth Commandment, even if the patient asks for it.
Right before my grandfather died, he had one last word, “Home.” He knew he was going to heaven to be with our heavenly Father at his real “home.” Just imagine those people who do not see the wonderful Father bringing them home because they wanted control of when they died, and would not have the experience of Jesus bringing them to their heavenly home.
What can I do? I’m just a kid.
First, I can tell others the Word of God, and that they are important to the world. God tells us the best way to make a difference in the world is to tell the Gospel to others, such as nurses, doctors, and families of sick and dying people. In fact, it is very important to share the Gospel with the patients themselves.
I also can be an example to others by showing care for older people and those who are dying. Then, other people may care for them to, making them feel loved and cherished. The dying can also feel they have a large purpose.
Finally, praying for them is the best way that I can help them. Jesus promises to hear the prayers of Christians everywhere. Even when we simply say, “Lord, have mercy,” Jesus hears our prayer for forgiving, healing, and helping everyone in the whole world. That mercy is for everyone, even the people who are sick, the dying, and their doctors and nurses.
No, the words “good” and “death” do not go together. What happens after death, though, is another story: God gives us a new, eternal, Good Life!