â€œAnd it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.â€ (Luke 9:51-56)
Iâ€™m confused; the United States Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to physician-assisted suicide, states have the right to regulate the practice of medicine and the licensing of doctors. States can permit doctors to help terminally ill patients commit suicide by prescribing for them lethal doses of medication. Yet, this same Supreme Court denies states the right to regulate medicine and the licensing of doctors when it comes to abortion. Although states can permit doctors to end the lives of the terminally ill, they cannot prevent doctors from taking the lives of the unborn. Why are Statesâ€™ rights only recognized by the Supreme Court in cases involving the termination of life, but never in cases involving the preservation of life?
When it comes to abortion, we are told by the pro-death crowd that life is shrouded in such mystery that no one knows when it really begins. Thus, all criminality is removed from the taking of an unborn childâ€™s life because of our uncertainty over lifeâ€™s inception. Yet, when it comes to euthanasia, this same crowd strips away the shroud and sees no mystery to life at all. According to them, life undoubtedly ceases prior to oneâ€™s becoming old and infirm; thus, the unconscionable extermination of the old and infirm is a merciful act of a compassionate society. How, one wonders, does the pro-death crowd get away with arguing against itself at both ends of life? At one end it cloaks life in mystery in order to hide the crime of abortion; at the other end it strips the cloak away in order to convince us of the compassion of euthanasia?
When James and John requested permission from Jesus to command fire down from heaven to consume a village of Christ-rejecting Samaritans, our Lord rebuked His hot-tempered disciples by warning them: â€œYe know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy menâ€™s lives, but to save themâ€ (Luke 9:51-56). Perhaps, there is no better indicator of the spirit that has seized our nation than the current culture of death being advocated by our society and adjudicated by our Supreme Court. It is not the Holy Spirit, but the most unholy of spirits, that inspires a culture of death. Whereas Christ came so that men may live, the devil, who has been â€œa murderer from the beginning,â€ always comes to â€œkill and destroyâ€ (John 8:44; 10:10).