Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choose Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choose Life

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WHERE I live, voters were recently asked to decide whether terminally ill patients should have the legal right to choose an early death by means of physician-aided suicide. The proposal, which failed to gain voters' approval, stirred me to think more deeply about the meaning of life. Is there ever a time when death or suicide is the only alternative?

This certainly isn't a new question. Even in Bible times people sometimes felt that death was desirable as a way to end their suffering. Jonah wished for death, and Elijah even went so far as to pray for God to end his life. As I thought about these Biblical figures, however, I realized that instead of granting the request for death, God answered their prayers by restoring them to greater usefulness. In the New Testament, Christ Jesus never suggested death as a response to human difficulties; rather, he raised the dead and dying to life and health. He taught his followers that the power of God brings life, not death.

In more modern times, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, succinctly expressed God's life-giving relationship to man in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes: "God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life.

Today, however, with so much of society depending, it seems, on anything but God for life and health, it is widely assumed that any disease that has no known medical cure is therefore incurable. This misguided conclusion is not accurate. It ignores decades of documented proof of spiritual healing. Worse still, it drives desperate people to conclude that only death will bring them release from suffering.

But when we're willing to turn to the power of God, divine Love, we find that there is a better way. Mrs. …

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