WELCOME!




 Parkside Bible Fellowship
Adult Summer Sunday School
       August 9, 2009
         9th Session
We Are the Salt and the
     Light In A Dying World
As Christians, we must be ready to
                e
set the record st...
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
                   prolo...
Capital Punishment and Christianity
        Divided in the Christian World
            Against                          Fo...
Capital Punishment and Christianity
                   Against
1. The Death Penalty is barbaric and
   unnecessary in a ma...
Capital Punishment and Christianity
                   For
1. The DEATH PENALTY is needed in today’s
   society to act as ...
Blue states have no death penalty statute.
Yellow-green pro death pena no executions since 1976..
                        ...
As with Abortion Euthanasia,
               Abortion,
 Suicide and Capital Punishment
   is man usurping (seizing) the
sov...
Many Americans,
 including C
          g Christians,
hold differing views on
• whether or not EUTHANASIA
  should become l...
Are there any exam
                  mples of Euthanasia
       and Suicide in the Bible?
1. King Abimelech commited suici...
Are there any exam
                  mples of Euthanasia
       and Suicide in the Bible?
Note: Three considerations
1. Th...
Examples of Euthanasia in the US
     1. Karen Quinlan
       • March 1954 to June 1985

     2. Teri Schiavo
       • Dec...
Infamous Dr. Death or Jack
              Kevorkian believed in a
              terminal patient’s right to
              d...
Physician assisted suicide is
                 ILLEGAL in the United States
                 EXCEPT for Oregon (1994) and
...
We, As Christians Affirm That
  All human life is SACRED, is a GIFT
 from God, is of VALUE at every stage
   of developmen...
Relativism                      Absolutes
Recognize that the worth of       Treat all human life as of
    human life vari...
Relativism              Absolutes

 "Those who believe         “When life is
 strongly that death     devalued, it slowly
...
Relativism              Absolutes
                          "Our society, basing
  "We've got a duty to its view primarily...
Relativism                    Absolutes
   "I believe when the         “We must be concerned
   defective child shall     ...
Relativism             Absolutes
 Derek Humphrey was "Moreover, euthanasia
  asked the reason that  and PAS are socially
e...
GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER LIFE AND DEATH
Job 1:20 - 22
20Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved
                      re
hi...
GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER LIFE AND DEATH
Psalms 139:16
Your eyes have seen my unformed
substance; And in Your book were all
  ...
BIBLE SPECIFICALLY
      CONDEMNS THE TAKING OF LIFE
Genesis 9:6:Whoever sheds man's blood, By
            Whoever
man his...
OUR BODY AS WELL AS OUR SOUL AND
               SPIRIT BELONG TO GOD
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19Or do you not know that your ...
GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING EVEN WHEN
      WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE
Romans 11: 33
33Oh, the depth of the ric...
GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING EVEN WHEN
          WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT PURPOSE
James 4:13-15
13Come now, you who sa...
SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN GOD’S ECONOMY
2 Corinthians 1: 8
8For we do not want you to be unaware,
brethren, of our afflicti...
SUFFERING HAS A PLACE IN GOD’S ECONOMY
2 Corinthians 12: 6-8  8
7Because of the surpassing greatness of
the revelations, f...
AS A RESULT OF ADAM AND EVE’S SIN,
              DEATH IS INEVITABLE
Romans 5:12:
12
  Therefore, just as through one man ...
Hippocratic Oath
“I will never give a deadly drug to
                 e
anybody if asked for it, nor will I
make a suggest...
Conclusion to Euthanasia
1. John MacArthur suggests
  • Letting Die: is an acceptable option when
                        ...
Dr. Keith Essex, pro
                  professor at Master’s
     Seminary provides Four Biblical
  guidelines when confro...
Dr. Keith Essex, pro
                  professor at Master’s
     Seminary provides Four Biblical
  guidelines when confro...
Conclusion to Euthanasia
2. Instead of mercy killing Christians
                    killing,
    need to exhibit mercy liv...
Something To Think About
                     1. President Obama’s Health
                        Care Plan.
             ...
1. NAZI Euthanasia
                  implemented after the
                  Nuremberg Laws of 1935.
              • termi...
I encourage each and everyone of you, to
examine the proposed H   Health Care Reform Bill.
There are many “questiotionable...
Christian In A Secular America Aug. 9th
Christian In A Secular America Aug. 9th
Christian In A Secular America Aug. 9th
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  1. 1. WELCOME! Parkside Bible Fellowship Adult Summer Sunday School August 9, 2009 9th Session
  2. 2. We Are the Salt and the Light In A Dying World As Christians, we must be ready to e set the record stra straight every time the media portrays Physician Assisted Suicide as an act of “COMPASSION if not, it could COMPASSION,” become a slippery slope.
  3. 3. God’s Word forbids murder. • Abortion All fall into • Euthanasia the category of murder! • Suicide However, Capital Punishment (Death Penalty) does not.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 3. Medical World • Letting die involves the withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging and life prolonging life- sustaining medicatio and technologies tions from an irreversibly ill patient with whom death is imminent even with treatment.
  7. 7. Capital Punishment and Christianity Divided in the Christian World Against For 1. Sanctity of life 1. Death penalty is 2. Thou Shall Not Kill retribution for shedding 3. He who is without sin, of innocent blood. 2. Thou Shall Not Kill let him cast the first 3. God created stone. government to carry out 4. Biblical References: capital punishment. • Exodus 11: 13 4. Biblical References: • John 8: 7 • Gen. 9: 6, Ex. 11: 13, 21:12 and Rom. 13: 1-7
  8. 8. Capital Punishment and Christianity Against 1. The Death Penalty is barbaric and unnecessary in a mature society. “In order to oppose capital punishment you must confront the horror of murder, feel the loss, fear and outrage, and s d still be able to look the victim’s relati atives in the eyes and say the murderer must live…….”
  9. 9. Capital Punishment and Christianity For 1. The DEATH PENALTY is needed in today’s society to act as a DETERRENT and a means of PROTECTING the rights and freedoms of citizens”. “In order to support CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, y must be able , you to look into the eyes of the condemned man recognize his man, humanity, see how he got to that point and tell him he must die die…..”
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. As with Abortion Euthanasia, Abortion, Suicide and Capital Punishment is man usurping (seizing) the sovereign will and authority of God. nd It is man desiring to become God, ing to decide who lives and who doesn’t. It is a rebellion against God’s authority.
  12. 12. Many Americans, including C g Christians, hold differing views on • whether or not EUTHANASIA should become legal and • whether the DEATH PENALTY should remain so.
  13. 13. Are there any exam mples of Euthanasia and Suicide in the Bible? 1. King Abimelech commited suicide assisted by his armor bearer. Judges 9:50 9:50-55. 2. King Saul commited sui suicide. His armor bearer refuses to assist him so he falls on his sword. I Samuel 31:4 3. Judas Iscariot was the most infamous suicide when betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Hung himself. Matthew 27:5
  14. 14. Are there any exam mples of Euthanasia and Suicide in the Bible? Note: Three considerations 1. The Bible is God’s Wor but is also a history ord book. It does not CONDONE the suicides, it just reports it. 2. The Bible makes it clear, SUICIDE IS WRONG. 3. Except in the case of CAPITAL PUNISHMENT administered by the g government, the taking of any life, even our own before God’s time, is WRONG.
  15. 15. Examples of Euthanasia in the US 1. Karen Quinlan • March 1954 to June 1985 2. Teri Schiavo • Dec. 1963 to April 2005. Both cases beca came court battles over the RIGHT TO LIFE and Euthanasia issues.
  16. 16. Infamous Dr. Death or Jack Kevorkian believed in a terminal patient’s right to die and assisted in 130 patients to that end. “ “Dying is not a crime crime.“ From 1999 and 2007 Kevorkian served 8 07, years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence year for 2nd degree murder. Paroled, June 1, 2007 and still supports a 07 terminal patient’s right to die die.
  17. 17. Physician assisted suicide is ILLEGAL in the United States EXCEPT for Oregon (1994) and Washington ( (2008) which passed the Death With Dignity Act. US Supreme Court case, Washington v. Glucksberg, ruled, 9-0, that there’s no 0, constitutional right to physician assisted suicide in 1997. BUT as with Same Sex Marriage Marriage----Full Faith and Credit Clause and 14th Amendment
  18. 18. We, As Christians Affirm That All human life is SACRED, is a GIFT from God, is of VALUE at every stage of development, is the source of HUMAN DIGNITY and the basis for HUMAN EQUALITY EQUALITY. No One Is Worthless Whom God Has Created And Whom Christ Died For!
  19. 19. Relativism Absolutes Recognize that the worth of Treat all human life as of human life varies equal worth There are occasions where Never intentionally take Death With Dignity is JUST human life Respect a person’s desire to Never take your own life and live or die try to prevent others’ from taking theirs Bring children into the world Be fruitful and multiply only if they are wanted Do not discriminate on the Treat all human life as more basis of species precious than any non- non- human life
  20. 20. Relativism Absolutes "Those who believe “When life is strongly that death devalued, it slowly must come without depreciates further physician assistance, over time and the are not free to force right to die will their views, their eventually be religious convictions, transformed into a or their philosophies duty to die.” on all other members of a democratic society."
  21. 21. Relativism Absolutes "Our society, basing "We've got a duty to its view primarily on die and get out of the the fundamental way with all of our values of Judaism and machines and Christianity, has artificial hearts and always forbidden the everything else like taking of innocent life that and let the other and has considered society, our kids, build a reasonable life." that act one of the most serious, if not the most serious, breaches of morality possible."
  22. 22. Relativism Absolutes "I believe when the “We must be concerned defective child shall with what the next step have reached the age of of PAS. Societies tend to five years . . . that the expand the number of conditions and groups case should be targeted for this ‘special considered under law by treatment’ or ‘final a competent medical solution,’ and I agree board." The board with the concerns about would be authorized "to the impact of medically relieve that defective . . . sanctioned suicide on of the agony of living." the poor and handicapped."
  23. 23. Relativism Absolutes Derek Humphrey was "Moreover, euthanasia asked the reason that and PAS are socially euthanasia has gained disastrous. They are momentum in recent not containable by years. He responded by placing legal limits on saying that, their practice. Arguments to the “Roe v. Wade was the contrary, the ‘slippery turning point. Its right slope’ is an to privacy and right to inescapable logical, choose emphasis gave psychological, credence to the historical, and euthanasia argument.” empirical reality."
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. 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.
  26. 26. BIBLE SPECIFICALLY CONDEMNS THE TAKING OF LIFE Genesis 9:6:Whoever sheds man's blood, By Whoever man his blood shall be sh shed, For in the image of God, He made man. Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder. Matthew 5:21: You have heard that the ancients ve were told, YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER and Whoever commits murde shall be liable to the rder court.
  27. 27. 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 with Christ; and it is no longer ith I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I s now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
  28. 28. 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!
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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.
  33. 33. 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.
  34. 34. Conclusion to Euthanasia 1. John MacArthur suggests • Letting Die: is an acceptable option when ac death is both imminent and inevitable. • Living Will/Power of Attorney is one Attorney: form of advance directive, leaving instructions for treatment. • Hospice: is an end of life care : care---NOT EUTHANASIA
  35. 35. Dr. Keith Essex, pro professor at Master’s Seminary provides Four Biblical guidelines when confronting death. ---Ecclesiastes 3: 2: A 1. Death is inevitable--- time to give birth and a time to die; A time to d plant and a time to uproot what is planted. ---1 2. Death is the enemy--- Corinthians 15:26: The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
  36. 36. Dr. Keith Essex, pro professor at Master’s Seminary provides Four Biblical guidelines when confronting death. 11:21-22: 21By 3. Dying is a process--- Hebrews 11:21 faith Jacob, as he was dyin blessed each of the sons ying, 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 t orders concerning his bones. 4. Suffering is a part of life and death death---Romans 8:18: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
  37. 37. Conclusion to Euthanasia 2. Instead of mercy killing Christians killing, need to exhibit mercy living 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. 3. Slippery slope argument argument-----What’s next?
  38. 38. Something To Think About 1. President Obama’s Health Care Plan. 2. Utilitarianism is described "the Utilitarianism: greatest good for the greatest number of people". Always act in the way that will produce the reatest overall amount of good gre in the world. 3. Imago Dei is a concept that Host of Breakpoint asserts that human beings are Chuck Colson created in God's image and •Defend the Truth therefore have inherent value •Live the Faith independent of their utility or •Advance the Kingdom function.
  39. 39. 1. NAZI Euthanasia implemented after the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. • terminally ill & psychiatric patients • Handicapped children Remember • Mentally ill, retarded adults Those in • Criminally insane, epileptics, power decided polio victims, schizophrenics, who was senile & paralysis valuable and • All valueless individuals: who was not. • Jews and non non-Germans • Result 12 million killed Result: (approximate)
  40. 40. I encourage each and everyone of you, to examine the proposed H Health Care Reform Bill. There are many “questiotionable” words, phrases, and committees which need explanation. Please understand, I’m not telling you to support it or reject it, but as Christians, we need to understand the potential direction our e country may decide to go. Overview of HR 3200, Health Care Reform Bill HR 3200 Health Care Reform Bill Arguments for National Care Reform Arguments For and Against National Health Care Reform

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