The first commandment based on love for God and the love of neighbor is the fundamental basis of all the principles that govern the sacred value of life: "On these two commandments the whole
Law hangs, and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).
Deadly hatred is forbidden: "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has everlasting life remaining
in him" (1 John 3:15). Murder and willful homicide are forbidden, whether for personal reasons, by religious or state patriotism: "Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword""
(The end of patriotism)
It is forbidden to put one's life in danger unnecessarily and that of others. The Christian must abstain from practicing dangerous sports, which can cause wounds, to see the death of the imprudent one and that of others (for example
the life of the rescuers who would come to assist him), which would constitute a bloodguilt before God: "The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences" (Proverbs 27:12).
It may be added that a careless attitude, such as driving a vehicle dangerously, which could not only put us in danger, but also endanger the lives of others, even involuntarily mortal wounds,
could constitute a bloodguilt before God : "If you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, so that you may not bring bloodguilt on your house because of someone falling from it" (Deuteronomy 22: 8; Exodus 21:29). Even if we are no longer
under the Mosaic Law, and therefore not allowed to apply such a sentence, this law shows God's point of view on murderous negligence...
In the introduction, we have seen that the human
body is a spiritual temple to be cared of it (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Peter 1:13,14, Romans 12:1). Therefore, suicide is forbidden. In addition, all forms of drug use that destroy the body and its mobility, creating physical dependence is prohibited. The Bible
condemns the excess of alcohol and not its moderate consumption. In the Bible, the excesses of the table are condemned: "Do not be among those who drink too much wine, Among those who gorge themselves on meat" (Proverbs 23:20 condemnation of excess; 1 Timothy
5:23: moderation in the consumption of wine).
(The Elementary Teaching of the Bible - What's Forbidden
in the Bible (Part 2))
"He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat
their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4). To no longer learn warfare, obviously means not to practice at once, combat sports or martial arts,
even tinged with religious propaganda which would be to say that it is for a "defensive" purpose. Transforming a human body into a "defensive weapon", can quickly become "an offensive weapon" that can hurt or kill... Christians should not feast on violent
sports shows or films extolling gratuitous violence. This is completely detestable to Jehovah God: "Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence" (Psalms 11:5).
According to the Bible, the voluntary abortion of an embryo or fetus is strictly forbidden. In the Bible, the child to be born, in the belly of his mother, has his own individuality before God, from conception, whether in the form
of an embryo or a fetus: "Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; All its parts were written in your book Regarding the days when they were formed, Before any of them existed" (Psalms 139:16). The New World Translation of the Bible (TMN), uses the word "embryo".
The comparison with other translations has confirmed the accuracy of this word. The "Interlinear Hebrew Bible" (OT), based on the Manuscript, Leningrad's Westminster Codex with vowels, translates as "embryo". According to the KJV and the YLT Bible Translations,
it is translated as "Unformed Substance" or "Substance". There is no doubt that the Hebrew text describes the baby to be born from conception, as soon as it is hardly an "embryo". Here is what we read in the Mosaic Law, concerning the aggression, even accidental,
of a pregnant woman:
"If men should struggle with each other and they hurt a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but no fatality results, the offender must pay the damages
imposed on him by the husband of the woman; and he must pay it through the judges. But if a fatality does occur, then you must give life for life" (Exodus 21:22,23).
This law does not
fix a minimum number of weeks of gestation, to consider that such an accident, in case of abortion, is a proven homicide on the child. The use of abortion pills is an act of voluntary abortion. The Bible does not prohibit birth control, decided by the couple
(they must not provoke the abortion). Abortive methods used as contraception, are condemned in the Bible.
In medical matters, euthanasia is a homicide. What is the difference between
euthanasia and palliative care?
Definition of euthanasia: “The act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or
domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy” (Merriam-Webster).
Definition of palliative care: “Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality
of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical,
psychosocial and spiritual” (World Health Organisation, 2002).
It is up to the Christian patient and his family, according to his medical situation, to determine what would be
an active euthanasia and a palliative care. They can be helped by mature Christian to better understand the biblical principles involved, without having to intervene directly in the decision of the Christian patient and his family: "But solid food belongs
to mature people, to those who through use have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong" (Hebrews 5:14). "When there is no skillful direction, the people fall, But there is success through many advisers" (Proverbs 11:14).
God Forgives if there is Sincere Repentance