Since when do we have a "right" to die?
by Charles Cherry
The US Supreme Court held that the federal government does not have the right to interfere in the way states regulate the practice of medicine and the licensing of doctors. Basically this means that doctors in Oregon (and soon elsewhere) can dispense killer drugs to people they deem as being “terminal”. Supposedly this will only be at the behest of the person who is dying anyway, a kind of “assisted suicide”.
My question is this: since when do we have a “right” to die, or more accurately stated, a right to take our own lives?
The last time I looked at the Constitution, I didn’t see anything that looked like a right to suicide. There are rights listed there, such as the right to free exercise of religion, the right of free speech, the right of a free press, the right to keep and bear arms, etc. Nothing about a right to die. I guess it’s like the right to kill certain persons that the justices somehow “found” in the Constitution back in 1973.
The bottom line for me is this: Only the Creator of life has the right to give it and and take it away. Sometimes he delegates the authority to take life to human governments. He never delegates such authority to human individuals. When one human takes another human’s life, and that human is not acting as an agent of a legitimate government, then the act is called murder, or homicide, or something along those lines.
God does not grant us a “right to die”. He also does not grant us a right to assist another person in committing suicide. Suicide is murder – the unlawful taking of a person’s life – even if that person is you.
The laws of this land are ultimately based on the fact that there is a universal Law-Giver. This remains true regardless of who believes it or is even aware of the fact. This is what makes abortion wrong, and it is what makes suicide wrong, no matter what the Supreme Court says.
God says “You shall not committ murder” in Exodus 20:13. God’s law trumps man’s law every time.