Why Can’t Americans Choose to Die on Their Own Terms? That’s a question that’s been troubling me for many years. It’s been my experience and my observation that the wishes of the dead and the dying are usually given lip service at best or they are completely ignored. The funeral industry blatantly rips off grieving families when they are the most vulnerable. Funerals are for the living; the dead have little use for them. Once they are dead, they have little if any say in the matter.
I believe that the dying should be allowed to die with as much dignity as possible and that their wishes should not be subjected to the religious views others. Dying should not viewed as a failure to live but as a transition to something else. What that something else is needs to be interpreted individually, preferably by the person making the transition.
Whenever I hear or read someone saying that we need to adhere to the Biblical definition of marriage, I feel inclined to ask which one of the many definitions to be found in the Bible are they referring to? Polygamy? Sex slaves? Captive virgins? Rape victims? A brother’s widow? There may be a Biblical reference defining marriage as being a holy union between one man and one woman but I haven’t found it nor have I read about it.
So many Christians declare that the Bible is the infallible word of God but I wonder how many of them have actually read God’s infallible word which, by the way, is filled with irreconcilable inconsistencies and contradictions. Have they read the rules laid out in Leviticus and Deuteronomy? Do they realize that technically, theologically, and doctrinally, they still apply? In Matthew 5:17-28, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law [the Old Testament] until everything is accomplished.” Basically Jesus said that those rules apply forever. So, do you believe in all of God’s infallible word or just some of it?
Christians believe in eternal life, a life after death either in Heaven or Hell for eternity. Yet in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the very first words are, “In the beginning…” If there is a beginning it follows that there must also be an end, thus no eternity. If one believes that the soul, the atman, the Self, is eternal, then there was no beginning and no end. But everything that is manifest (the physical world) has a beginning and an end. Something to think about, eh?