Legalising assisted suicide 'will put vulnerable people at risk of abuse'
Vulnerable people will be at risk of abuse and pressure to end their lives prematurely if assisted suicide is legalised in the UK, an anti-euthanasia campaign group has said.
The warning from Care Not Killing follows the death of British man Richard Selley at the Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Switzerland on Friday.
Mr Selley, a 65-year-old former head teacher, suffered from motor neurone disease (MND) and had spent the last few years campaigning for a change to the law in Scotland, where he lived with his wife near Perth.
In a final video message before his death, Mr Selley called on MSPs to support an assisted dying Bill....
"Afflictions evidence to ourselves, and manifest to others, the reality of grace. When we suffer as Christians, exercise some measure of that patience and submission, and receive some measure of these supports and supplies, which the Gospel requires and promises to believersâ€”we are more confirmed that we have not taken up with mere notions; and others may be convinced that we do not follow cunningly devised fables.
"Afflictions likewise strengthen usâ€”by the exercise our graces. As our limbs and natural powers would be feeble if not called to daily exertionâ€” so the graces of the Spirit would languish, without something which was provided to draw them out to use.
Lastly, afflictions are honorable, as they advance our conformity to Jesus our Lord, who was a man of sorrows for our sake." (John Newton. Letters)
1Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Eccl 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time.
Living the reprobate life means your life can be seen as worthless and useless, -- To You. Pain and physical suffering is never an easy way to pass time of your life -- As Jesus found out on the cross. As God, the Son of God He could have jumped down from the cross or simply gone straight to heaven after the first few minutes. He did not. Instead Jesus showed the way of suffering as a powerful and wonderful thing to do.
A suffering life is a witness of God's grace and glory.
No it is not easy -- But that is not the point of life the gift of God.