Euthanasia, and Growing a Spine

From The Second Most Horrendous Thing About Euthanasia, by Michael Egnor

I teach medical students, and one of the things I stress to them is that there is one overarching ethical principle in medicine: when you are interacting with a patient, your only intent should be to make the patient’s life better. It is a rare privilege to be a member of a profession that is solely devoted to the well-being of every person for whom you provide care. There is a sacred aspect to the physician-patient relationship — the physician always acts for the patient’s best interest.

This – healing as sacred act – is actually true.

This is why Jesus spent so much time healing people, as proof of His divinity.

It’s also why the Secular State spends so much resources – always more money, and never less – on medical care. As proof of its divinity.

(And why it will be effectively de-legitimized when the money runs out, and the healing act ends.)

It is part of the essence of medicine to learn how not to cause harm. And deliberate killing — whatever the motive — is intrinsically to cause harm. Killing — the deliberate elimination of the person — is the ultimate harm.

Euthanasia turns the essence of medicine — this principle of benevolence — on its head. Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of patients by their doctors. Doctors “practicing” euthanasia must calculate how much of lethal drug to give a patient in order to ensure that it kills him. A doctor fails at euthanasia if he is an insufficiently skilled killer. What kind of medical practice is it in which it is malpractice if the patient survives? What kind of medical profession is it in which students are trained to kill? What kind of medical profession is it in which a doctor has a bad day at the office when a patient doesn’t die by his hand?

Euthanasia by physicians is analogous to a teacher deliberately lying to a student, or a parent deliberately harming his child. It is a betrayal. It matters not what the motive for the killing is.

True, this.

There are many legitimate ways a physician can alleviate suffering — there is a whole medical specialty, palliative care, devoted to the alleviation of suffering when a cure is not possible. Hospices provide wonderful care for the terminally ill, and prevent much suffering. No patient needs to suffer at the end of life. No patient ever “needs” to be killed.

It’s reasonable to ask: Why do euthanasia enthusiasts want doctors involved in killing anyway? It takes no real medical skill to kill someone (murderers have been doing it just fine without training for millennia). The reason that euthanasia enthusiasts enlist doctors is obvious: It provides a medical imprimatur to homicide. Killing a handicapped baby doesn’t seem so “bad” when it is dressed up as medical care. Enlisting doctors in euthanasia is a way to keep the fingerprints of euthanasia advocates off of the act of killing. “Doctor’s orders!” puts lipstick on a very ugly act.

The ethical response of the medical profession to medical killing is: Not in our name. In reply to Dr. Coyne’s call for medical killing of handicapped babies, I reply: Don’t involve the medical profession in your atrocity. It takes no skill to kill a baby. If you want to kill, out of “mercy” or whatever, leave doctors out of it. Do it yourself.

The writer, whose integrity I highly respect, assumes that our Loving Master are willing to grow the spine of, say, one of the more hard-core Muslims. Or a classic Communist revolutionary. or Fascist.

Men willing to get his hands dirty to reach Utopia, up to doing his own killing.

But… this is a dying Secularist culture.

Our Laughing Masters have no children; they have no dreams (besides keeping their privileges and their comforts). They have no courage. They have not the slightest intention of risking anything at all, or paying any price at all, to reach their goals.

They just want to kill and oppress to reduce a few costs on the margins, to gain a little pleasure spitting in the face of believing Christians (and thus, implicitly, in the face of the God they represent), while the expenses of their impossible-to-maintain Saviour State (and the attendant debt levels) reaches crushing levels.

Their idol will fall… but Our Masters don’t really care, so long as it falls after they themselves have died.

We must get to work, today, to run our communities after the fall of their idol… and perhaps, give their tottering god some well-deserved shoves off its Pedestal of Power.


P.S.: Keep an eye on this…

And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you (Deuteronomy 7:15).

If you suspect that people who kill their children are not going to inherit the future, but people who protect their children will (….yes, even if they are Muslims…), you are starting to follow the wisdom of God.

In order to even consider following Christ, you have to prefer life over death: and that’s an attitude the Arabs hold far, far above the White Europeans. Sure, they are following an idol: but they like to win, they want their children to win too, and it is possible to persuade them to choose the actual Victorious, Living King, Jesus Christ, instead of Mohammad (whose been dead for a real long time now.)

Of course, homosexuals and delusionals who tear apart their bodies to ‘change’ their sex are ‘medically dependent’ as the phrase goes. Even run-of-the-mill fornicators often gain sterility as part of their earned wages.

Christians who obey God, who hold fast to Him, and who teach others to follow Him – most definitely including their own children – will inherit the future.

But to do so, Christians must grow a spine: not to murder others, but to put to death the wicked man within ourselves, every day.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Romans 6:2-11

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