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October 1, 2012

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Grasping after Life?

READER QUESTION:
What is your take on holding onto this life. What I am speaking of is like if I become ill, cannot recover except for sugery or the like. To me it seems to be defying God and that the "pride of life' has become my focus.

I am not at that stage yet, but have given it some thought several times. I have had some previous sugeries, but the closer I draw unto Him, the more I want to be with Him.

VW ANSWER:
In terms of wanting to be "with Him"....Amen to that! And, while I'm not all -that- old, I'm older than my chronological age due to the stresses of when the divorce happened. I think I aged 5-6 years that first year. way back when it happened, I was so stressed out I thought maybe I would die of a heart attack/failure.....but then the Lord gave me assurance that I would see the Rapture. But these days I am -feeling- a lot 'older' than I was.

I was having a conversation with a neighbor (at work) the other day about this very thing. Actually, I've had conversations with two different people. The one fellow figures that 1) you live, and then 2) you die. Period. Don't keep him hooked up to machines....when it's time, just let him die. The other was a proponent of Jack Kevorkian (sp?)....such that, when a person is getting near the end of their life, what better (more 'loving') thing than to help them take 'control' of their end-of-life experience....do it calmly, painlessly, etc. Just take a pill and "go to sleep". There's been a TV promo for "same sex marriage" lately where the person talking, words it in terms of "when I lay my head down for the last time". (Are they afraid of the word "death" or "die"?)

And yes...there are those who grasp after life....no matter what. If there's the slightest hint of a heart beat....keep the machines going. How long has the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, been hooked up to machines after he had his stroke? Last I read, he is -still- hooked up. Terri Schiaivo (from Florida) several years ago, when they disconnected the tubes and machines, there was an element of society that called the disconnect "murder". (and yet they think nothing of killing the unborn, kicking and screaming, inside the womb!!!)

    God is "your life and the length of your days" (De30:20)

    Job 33:4 The Spirit of the Mighty God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

    "the days of his life which God gives him under the sun." (Ec8:15)

    And God asks Job, "Have the gates of death been disclosed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?" (Job38:17)

What I say next I don't know that Scripture says this (one way or the other)....but it is what I have drawn for myself, personally.
  1. God created man and breathed the breath/spirit of life into him. (Ge2:7) Man was made with bones, flesh, lungs....FREE-STANDING, and SELF-SUSTAINING. God did not design us with plug-in machines, tubes, respirators, etc. If the free-standing aparatus 'quits'....by God's original design, the body is 'dead'.

  2. The whole concept of heart/lung/kidney replacement is undesirable to me. This is not something I can tell another person to do or not. But when a procedure involves blood transfusion, and blood-based organs...based on the fact that the "soul is in the blood" (Le17:11) if a person infuses somebody else's blood (unless it is perhaps a close relative or spouse) to my mind it just doesn't 'feel' right. It's like taking on those blood donor's 'personalities' to one's self. Like I've shared about the former neighbor who had heart and kidney surgery...she was having memories and dreams of other people that were not herself. And where is the division between soul and spirit (demons?) that is the domain of God's knowledge? (Heb4:12)

  3. God has allowed man to develop the technology. If a person was involved in an accident, emergency care to keep the person from dying would certainly be a good thing for 'resuscitation'. But if such care was going to involve protracted mechanical dependency, I would personally want to limit the extent to which I allowed medicines to sustain me. For sure, I would reject blood transfusions. If the lack of a transfusion meant that I died....then, I die. For me, to die, is a good thing; rather than taking on somebody else's personality. I go to be with the Lord. (Php1:23)

  4. I don't agree with the Kavorkian "go to sleep" on 'my' own schedule concept. I believe that our lives are in God's hands. "My times are in Your hand..." (Ps31:15) Even to the 'time' of death. But certainly, if the illness warrants, medications to ease the pain and such things would seem humane.
I don't know if this is what you were looking for....but these are the thoughts that come to my mind.

Of course, people get appendicitis, need to have their stomachs worked on, or their digestive systems scraped out, have cataract surgery, break bones and need them fixed, get burned in a fire and need reconstruction, get their limbs blown off in an explosion and need prostheses, etc. I don't see anything in Scripture that would forbid that.

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