End of Life Issues: Dying, Death and Euthanasia

Evangelicals are familiar with Christ’s promise "that (we) might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10b). We associate that promise with the peace, hope, and joy that comes from our reconciliation to God and our obedience to His commandments. Perhaps we are not as familiar with the concept in the first part of that same verse. "The thief comes to steal and destroy," the opposite to Jesus’ work. The false messiah causes discord, despair, and emptiness. Both the positive and the negative sides of this verse are usually associated with spiritual consequences for the believer or the unbeliever. This verse and others, have a clear application to the health of the physical body.

How Fleeting Life Is

Psalm 39:4 NRSV
Lord, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.

Last night, I had what my grandmother might have called a heart spell. My heart began to raise and skip beats. It made a funny feeling in my chest, raised both my pulse and my blood pressure, and was, to be honest, rather disconcerting. Of course, the on-call nurse for my doctor wanted me to drive more than an hour to the insurance plan emergency room (which we didn't do). I simply wanted it to go away so I could go to sleep.

Suffering FAQ

The following questions and their answers link to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) web site. This does not imply an endorsement of BGEA and its related ministries by CIR or visa versa.

I am going through a difficult time with no relief in sight. How can I find peace and contentment?

I have one problem after another. Has God forgotten me?

Why must I suffer?

Clinging to Our Own Youthfulness

Proverbs 23:22 RSV
Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

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