Notes: August 2, 2008 – 1 Samuel 31

This chapter’s account of the death of Saul brings one topic to mind: euthanasia.

Saul, wounded by enemy arrows and fearing torture, asks his armor bearer to make death come swiftly.

This death wish is rejected by the loyal servant; and Saul takes his own life (1 Samuel 31:3-4), followed by the servant’s suicide.

Yes, Saul was definitely dying.

Yes, a lingering death would be painful.

Would it have been merciful for the armor bearer to assist Saul in his death?

Would you have assisted Saul in his death?

Modern proponents like to speak of “quality of life,” and justify euthanasia when the prospects of attaining such (however they define it) are minimal. Given the widespread belief that the earth is burning up and the world’s economy is collapsing, one wonders whether anyone will ever attain “quality of life.” Maybe we should just pass the tainted kool-aid?

Do you have the right to end your own life?

What does God have to say about the matter?

Surely, if Christians are not to grieve as do they who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13), we ought not to live or die as they who have no hope. The believer never gives up or declares, “It’s hopeless.”