Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

It’s November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Brittany has become the poster girl for “Compassion & Choices, ”  a so-called “end-of-life choice” advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called “Death With Dignity” laws on the books.

The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesn’t allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now).

Oregon is one of five states – along with Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Vermont – that allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to patients like Brittany, diagnosed with terminal illnesses, longing for a premature death.

And Compassion & Choices has campaigns underway underway in four other states to legalize euthanasia – Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and, of course, California (so terminally ill residents like Brittany don’t have to go all the way to Oregon to kill themselves).

If the pro-euthanasia movement succeeds in nearly doubling the number of states with “Death With Dignity” laws,  it will only be a matter of time before physician-assisted suicide is routine throughout the county – like physician-assisted abortion.

Indeed, just as Planned Parenthood soft-pedals abortion as “reproductive health care,” Compassion & Choices portrays euthanasia as end-of-life “comfort and control.”

And they are shamelessly exploiting terminally ill Brittany, casting her as the face of the euthanasia movement and even setting up The Brittany Maynard Fund not to benefit her family – she and her recently-wed husband are childless – but to raise money to further Compassion & Choices’ political advocacy.

Well, as a Christ follower who this very year was a pallbearer at his 83-year-old father-in-law’s funeral, who had no moral qualms with the family’s decision not to resuscitate him when he drew his last breath, I have nothing but empathy for those who find themselves in similar situations.

But it’s one thing to allow a natural death, and quite another to actively terminate life, as in the case of euthanasia.

Indeed, God’s precious gift of life is cheapened when we send off the terminally ill, like Brittany, to a hasty death. If we accept euthanasia today for those diagnosed with six months to live, do we accept it tomorrow for anyone with a terminal illness – cancer, Alzheimer’s, whatever – no matter how far they may be from death’s door?

Is it hard to imagine Compassion & Choices one day begging the question why the “comfort and choice” of euthanasia should be limited strictly to those with terminal illnesses?

What about those of weakened mind or sinew who feel that their quality of life has so deteriorated that death would be welcome?

And why should euthanasia be restricted to adults only? What about the infant suffering from a fatal illness? Why not put the child out of his or her misery?

Because life is sacred, as the Scripture reminds.

“Do you not know,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? You are not our own. You were bought with a price.”

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3 thoughts on “Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

  1. pastorjackwilson on said:

    It is certainly a sad situation but no one has the right to terminate their own life.As for weather God will forgive her, If she is a Christian, she is already forgiven. It would be like asking what if she had an affair and then was killed in a car accident. Salvation covers past, present and future sins as it was paid for two thousand years ago. Of course if she is not saved, she is going from a minor hell into a major one.

    • DSmith1345 on said:

      It covers past sins, but to say that if you continue to deliberately sin without repenting after being saved and will still be forgiven is heresy and no scripture support it. Example of someone going to heaven: someone who believes, repents, and is baptized (acts 2:38) and lives their life for Jesus/God (Romans 6:1). Someone not going to heaven: someone who believes, repents, and is baptized, but then sleeps with every girl in sight and gets drunk regularly on the weekend (Hebrews 10:26). To say that once saved, always saved is wrong (Isaiah 59:2). Mainstream Christianity seems to think that salvation is forever once saved, how funny we forget the devil was once in heaven. There’s a reason we’re called to stand on guard for Jesus coming and persevere, because it’s easy to turn our back on God, and you best hope if you do, you’re not in a car wreck before you can repent. By this comment, do I expect that Christians never sin? That’s gods standards, but we do fall, so we’re judged on our heart when we die. Were our hearts striving to serve God or ourselves? That’s what will be judged, not out actions, but more so whether our heart in those actions were right and whether our heart was right in the end.

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        It saddens me to listen to people who have disregarded Scripture to put forth some belief that they heard from a Benny Hinn or a Joyce Meyers.Actually, you know the truth but neglect it. Here are your words back at you: “That’s gods standards, but we do fall, so we’re judged on our heart when we die. Were our hearts striving to serve God or ourselves? That’s what will be judged, not out actions, but more so whether our heart in those actions were right and whether our heart was right in the end.
        Just as David was a murderer and the man that was having an affair with his fathers mother who was turned over to Satan for the destruction of his body so that hiss soul shall be saved……You are right. It is not actions that save us. It is not words spouted unto heaven but it is thee intention of the heart. David loved the Lord and killed his neighbor. I think killing your neighbor is worse than killing myself (my opinion) but in any case, if your heart was right unto salvation you shall never perish.

        When you talk about punishment, there is a punishment for the unsaved and aa worldly chastisement of the saved while on earth by the father. For that we need to ask forgiveness. We only ask forgiveness once for eternal life.

        I truly grieve for you or anyone else who wait in fear to see if you went over that imaginary line to being an un adopted child of God. Very sad.

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