WELCOME!




 Parkside Bible Fellowship
Adult Summer Sunday School
       August 16, 2009
        10th Session
IN THE NEWS
1. Gay / Lesbian Parade and
   Festival in Reno yesterday.
2. The Real Truth Behind
   WOODSTOCK
  • 40 yrs. a...
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
 Counterculture----
                ----Hippies
 Disillusioned with TRADITIONAL VALUES
 Movem...
The Real Truth About Woodstock
   Moral relativism is the view that ethical
standards, morality, an positions of right or
...
IN THE NEWS
1.   Church and State Issues
•    Principal and Athletic Director Face
     Criminal Charges for Prayer at Lun...
Something To Think About
                     1. Health Care Plan.
                     2. Utilitarianism is described
   ...
God’s Word forbids murder.
• Abortion          All fall into
• Euthanasia       the category
                    of murder...
Euthanasia
1. From the dictionary
  • A good death or dying well
  • A peaceful and painless death to
     end a painful a...
3. Medical World
• Active euthanasia occurs in those
  instances in which so
                     someone takes active
  m...
3. Medical World
• Letting die* involves the withholding or
  withdrawing life-prolonging and life
                    pro...
Relativism              Absolutes
 Recognize worth of     Treat all human life
  human life varies       as of equal worth...
As with Abortion Euthanasia,
             Abortion,
  and Suicide is man usurping
(seizing) the sovereign will and
       ...
GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER
           LIFE AND DEATH
Job 1:20 - 22
20Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved
                ...
GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER
          LIFE AND DEATH
Psalms 139:16
Your eyes have seen my unformed
substance; And in Your book w...
THE BIBLE SPECIFICALLY
      CONDEMNS THE TAKING OF LIFE
Genesis 9:6:Whoever sheds man's blood,
                   er
By m...
OUR BODY AS WELL AS OUR SOUL
        AND SPIRIT BELONG TO GOD
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19Or do you not know that your body is...
GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING
        EVEN WHEN WE DON’T
     UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE
Romans 11: 33
33Oh, the depth of ...
GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING
         EVEN WHEN WE DON’T
      UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE
James 4:13-15
13Come now, you w...
SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN
           GOD’S ECONOMY
2 Corinthians 1: 8
8For we do not want you to be unaware,
brethren, of o...
SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN
          GOD’S ECONOMY
2 Corinthians 12: 6-8  8
7Because of the surpassing greatness of
the reve...
AS A RESULT OF ADAM AND EVE’S
       SIN, DEATH IS INEVITABLE
Romans 5:12:
12
  Therefore, just as through one man sin
ent...
Hippocratic Oath
“I will never give a deadly drug to
                 e
anybody if asked for it, nor will I
make a suggest...
Dr. Keith Essex, pro
                  professor at Master’s
     Seminary provides Six Biblical
  guidelines when confron...
2.    Death is the enemy-- Corinthians 15:26:
                         -1
      The last enemy that will be abolished is
 ...
3. Dying is a process-- Hebrews 11:21
                                11:21-22:
  21By faith Jacob, as he was dying, bless...
4. Suffering is a part of life and death
  Romans 8:18: For I consider that the
  sufferings of this present time are not
...
5.       Instead of mercy killing Christians need to
                           killing,
         exhibit mercy living.
  ...
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT h been the hallmark
                     has
  of just and free societies for millennia
Christians are ...
Divided in the Christian World
         AGAINST                        FOR
1. Believe in the sanctity   1. Death penalty i...
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
 Is man a mere machine
     or a moral agent?
Man is a mere machine Human beings,
               machin...
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
1. Most Americans favor the death
   penalty and limiting appeals for
   death row prisoners.
2. Suprem...
FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
1. The DEATH PENALTY acts as a
   deterrent.
 •1955 to 1965: 78,500 murders and 351
 executions in ...
FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
3. The judicial system provides
   death row prisoners with ample
   opportunity for appeals.
 •Ave...
AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
1. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of God’s
   commandments”.
 •   Sanctity of life.
 •   The Stat...
AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
3. DEATH PENALTY has been applied
   unfairly
  • those who are p
                 re poor are ...
Blue states have no death penalty statute.
Yellow-green pro death pena no executions since 1976..
                        ...
AGAINST
1.The Death Penalty is barbaric and
  The
  unnecessary in a mature society.
  “In order to oppose CAPITAL PUNISHM...
FOR
1.   CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is needed in society
     to act as a DETERRENT to PROTECT the
     rights and freedoms of cit...
Christian In A Secular America 6
Christian In A Secular America 6
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  1. 1. WELCOME! Parkside Bible Fellowship Adult Summer Sunday School August 16, 2009 10th Session
  2. 2. IN THE NEWS 1. Gay / Lesbian Parade and Festival in Reno yesterday. 2. The Real Truth Behind WOODSTOCK • 40 yrs. ago this weekend.
  3. 3. SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Counterculture---- ----Hippies Disillusioned with TRADITIONAL VALUES Movement toward a new society Greater freedom Question authority Established Sexual Revolution Key Concepts To Moral Relavatism Communal living Co-habitation Use of “mind-expanding” drugs expanding”
  4. 4. The Real Truth About Woodstock Moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality, an positions of right or and wrong are and therefore subject to a person's individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. You decide what's right for you, de and I'll decide what's right for me. Moral relativism says, "It's tr true for me, if I believe it."
  5. 5. IN THE NEWS 1. Church and State Issues • Principal and Athletic Director Face Criminal Charges for Prayer at Luncheon 2. Euthanasia in the News • Sarah Palin: Health Care Creates Death Panels • Death Panel Is An Absolute Outrage • Let Live Or Let Die
  6. 6. Something To Think About 1. Health Care Plan. 2. Utilitarianism is described Utilitarianism: "the greatest good for the gre reatest number of people". Always act in the way that will produce the greatest good for the greatest number. 3. Imago Dei is a concept that Host of Breakpoint asserts that human beings Chuck Colson are created in God's image •Defend the Truth and therefore have inherent nd •Live the Faith value independent of their •Advance the Kingdom utility or function.
  7. 7. God’s Word forbids murder. • Abortion All fall into • Euthanasia the category of murder! • Suicide However, Capital Punishment (Death Penalty) does not.
  8. 8. Euthanasia 1. From the dictionary • A good death or dying well • A peaceful and painless death to end a painful an incurable disease. and 2. Society • Physician Assisted Suicide • Mercy Killing • Death With Dignity • Quality of life vs. Sanctity of Life
  9. 9. 3. Medical World • Active euthanasia occurs in those instances in which so someone takes active means, such as a leth injection, to bring ethal about someone’s death. “ “PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE SUICIDE” • Passive euthanasia occurs in those instances in which someone simply refuses to intervene in order to prevent someone’s death. Natural death is not imminent.
  10. 10. 3. Medical World • Letting die* involves the withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging and life prolonging life- sustaining medications and technologies from ns an irreversibly ill patient with whom death is imminent even with treatment. *The difference between Passive Euthanasia and Letting die is in Passive Euthanasia, a patient’s death is not imminent.
  11. 11. Relativism Absolutes Recognize worth of Treat all human life human life varies as of equal worth Death With Dignity Never intentionally is JUST take human life Respect a person’s Never take your own desire to live or die life prevent others’ from taking theirs Bring children into the Be fruitful and world only if wanted multiply Do not discriminate on Treat all human life the basis of species as more precious than any non-human non- life
  12. 12. As with Abortion Euthanasia, Abortion, and Suicide is man usurping (seizing) the sovereign will and ) authority of God. It is man desiring to become God, ing to decide who lives and who doesn’t. It is a rebellion against God’s authority.
  13. 13. GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER LIFE AND DEATH Job 1:20 - 22 20Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved re his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21And he said: Naked I came from my mother's womb, And n d naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. 22In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
  14. 14. GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER LIFE AND DEATH Psalms 139:16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all ; written. The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. re Deuteronomy 32:39 The Lord says, See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me, I put to ! death and I bring to life I have wounded life, and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
  15. 15. THE BIBLE SPECIFICALLY CONDEMNS THE TAKING OF LIFE Genesis 9:6:Whoever sheds man's blood, er By man his blood shal be shed, For in the all image of God, He made man. Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder. Matthew 5:21: You have heard that the : ancients were told, YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER and Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.
  16. 16. OUR BODY AS WELL AS OUR SOUL AND SPIRIT BELONG TO GOD 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. Galatians 2:20 20I have been crucified w with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Ch hrist lives in me; and the life which I now live in th flesh I live by faith in the the Son of God, who love me and gave Himself ved up for me.
  17. 17. GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING EVEN WHEN WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE Romans 11: 33 33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
  18. 18. GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING EVEN WHEN WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE James 4:13-15 13Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and su a city, and spend a such year there and engage in business and make a profit. 14Yet you do not know whwhat your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vvapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15Instead, you ought to sa If the Lord wills, we say, will live and also do this or that.
  19. 19. SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN GOD’S ECONOMY 2 Corinthians 1: 8 8For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so to that we despaired even of life; 2 Corinthians 12: 6-8 6For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for st I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
  20. 20. SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN GOD’S ECONOMY 2 Corinthians 12: 6-8 8 7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me his from exalting myself, t lf, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a me messenger of Satan to torment me to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I impmplored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
  21. 21. AS A RESULT OF ADAM AND EVE’S SIN, DEATH IS INEVITABLE Romans 5:12: 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned; Romans 6:23: 23 For the wages of sin is d death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  22. 22. Hippocratic Oath “I will never give a deadly drug to e anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.” Every Physician Practicing Medicine Takes This Oath.
  23. 23. Dr. Keith Essex, pro professor at Master’s Seminary provides Six Biblical guidelines when confronting death. 1. Death is inevitable--Ecclesiastes 3: 2 A time Ecclesiastes 2: to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant ime and a time to uproot what is planted. • Each Christian needs to create an advanced medical directive • Living will • Durable Power of Attorney
  24. 24. 2. Death is the enemy-- Corinthians 15:26: -1 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. • Value the sanctity of life • If recovery through medical treatment is a possibility, • forestall death so one can continue th serving the Lord.
  25. 25. 3. Dying is a process-- Hebrews 11:21 11:21-22: 21By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each ew of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning dg his bones. • If disease is incurable and terminal, • Letting Die or the natural process of dying but control pain, provide food and water, hygienic care and ensure personal, are mental and spiritual interaction. HOSPICE
  26. 26. 4. Suffering is a part of life and death Romans 8:18: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not pr worthy to be comp pared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. • The believer will patiently endure pain • especially tow wards the end of life and not let pain become the reason for EUTHANASIA EUTHANASIA.
  27. 27. 5. Instead of mercy killing Christians need to killing, exhibit mercy living. Pray for, visit and care for the dying. • • Euthanasia is NOT a good death • Christians having strong faith throughout life and even unto death are ones who die well. 6. Slippery slope argument argument---What’s next?
  28. 28. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT h been the hallmark has of just and free societies for millennia Christians are just as confused on CAPITAL PUNISHMENT as is the general public. The Biblical position is clear in both the tion Old and New Testaments that God is favor of CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PUNISHMENT. That position is supported by several extra BIBLICAL arguments as well.
  29. 29. Divided in the Christian World AGAINST FOR 1. Believe in the sanctity 1. Death penalty is of life retribution for shedding 2. Thou Shall Not Kill* of innocent blood. 3. He who is without sin, 2. Thou Shall Not MURDER* let him cast the first 3. God created stone. government to carry out law and order. 4. Biblical References: 4. Biblical References: • Exodus 20: 13 • Gen. 9: 6 • John 8: 1-11 • Ex. 20: 13, 21:12 • Rom. 13: 1-7
  30. 30. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Is man a mere machine or a moral agent? Man is a mere machine Human beings, machine: by and large, are machines and not moral agents. Wh When a machine goes bad, we fix the machine. Man is a moral agent: Human beings are free moral agents. They can make choices an they ought to be and held responsible for the moral choices they make
  31. 31. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1. Most Americans favor the death penalty and limiting appeals for death row prisoners. 2. Supreme Court has ruled that the • 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is not violated by the DEATH PENALTY. 3. Other Americans believe that the • 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment is violated by the DEATH PEANLTY.
  32. 32. FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1. The DEATH PENALTY acts as a deterrent. •1955 to 1965: 78,500 murders and 351 executions in the U.S. •1966 to 1976: 288,310 murders were committed with only 6 executions. 2. Death is the proper “repayment” for ” the terrible crime of murder. • “An eye for an eye eye”. • Victim and loved ones must not be forgotten. death penalty
  33. 33. FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 3. The judicial system provides death row prisoners with ample opportunity for appeals. •Average stay on death row is 8 to 12 yrs. 4. The possibility of executing an innocent person is a price society pays for administering true justice toward the guilty murderer death penalty arguments for death peanlty
  34. 34. AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of God’s commandments”. • Sanctity of life. • The State should not be permitted to conduct executions. • The State kills to satisfy the emotions of revenge. . 2. States with no death penalty have the same or less murder rate than States with capital punishment. death penalty arguments for death peanlty
  35. 35. AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 3. DEATH PENALTY has been applied unfairly • those who are p re poor are most likely to be executed. 4. Innocent individuals may be executed mistakenly. • 31 known cases cases. • Life imprisonment allows time for new evidence to be uncovered death penalty arguments for death peanlty
  36. 36. Blue states have no death penalty statute. Yellow-green pro death pena no executions since 1976.. nalty Reddish-orange states have executed people since 1976. ve
  37. 37. AGAINST 1.The Death Penalty is barbaric and The unnecessary in a mature society. “In order to oppose CAPITAL PUNISHMENT you must confront th horror of murder, the feel the loss, fear an outrage, and still and be able to look the victim’s relatives in their eyes and say the murderer must live…….”
  38. 38. FOR 1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is needed in society to act as a DETERRENT to PROTECT the rights and freedoms of citizens.” “In order to support CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, you m u must be able to look into the eyes of the condemned man, recognize his humanity, see how he got to that point and tell him he must die…..”

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