‘Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35).”’
One’s quality of life is of enormous importance (cf. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20). We hear every day of tragic happenings that adversely effect the lives of children and adults alike (cf. Luke 13:1-5).
Thousands, if not millions of children are born with abnormalities, and some are injured through accidents, while others are damaged or scarred mentally on account of abusive parenting, or because they have been abandoned by their parents, or perhaps orphaned through wars and natural disasters.
*UNICEF is an international organisation whose purpose is to support children worldwide; particularly young people who are in dire need of the basics of life, i.e., a home, food, clothing, decent living conditions, education, health care; and above all, responsible adults who really care for them with genuine love (cf. Luke 12:22-31).
We hear a lot these days about people who struggle to live because of severe disability, incurable pain, chronic or terminal illness. Today there is a call for the legalisation of **euthanasia in the UK where it has been ***debated in Parliament, but never sanctioned on account of the prevailing views of MPs. Generally Christians do not support euthanasia, because of biblical teachings – primarily, the ****sanctity of life and the commandment of God not to kill other human beings (Exodus 20:13).
What Qualifies as an Acceptable Standard of Life?
What qualifies as an acceptable standard of life will vary according to individuals and their circumstances.
Two years ago I underwent a serious operation that could have threatened my life, and it was necessary for me to have another operation six months later. Prior to the first operation, for a period of three months, I suffered with pain, which at times was so severe it was excruciating. Sleeping for any beneficial length of time was impossible, and eating was a struggle. I found it hard not to be depressed, and I was concerned for my wife and my daughters for whom I was becoming a burden.
Moving from my bedroom to the bathroom and back was a painful business. Getting up and down the stairs was more taxing. Attending hospital appointments by car or taxi was equivalent to being in a torture chamber, because every movement and jolt inflicted pain. On account of my suffering I seriously considered ending my life. I repeatedly prayed to God asking Him to relieve me of my agony, and to strengthen my faith. I pleaded for strength and perseverance, and for help in being a good Christian example to those who did not know Jesus. God never let me down. He was there with me through all my trials. He was and is my constant *****hope.
I am grateful for all the loving support from the church of which I am a member. Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ lifted me up in prayer, visited me and chatted with me on the phone (cf. Galatians 6:2).
Today, my condition has very much improved. I no longer suffer severe pain – just minor discomfort. Much of the time I feel as if I’m ‘normal’. I can walk and get about without difficulty; I can even drive the car! So I would describe myself as one who has a very acceptable quality of life. I praise God (Psalm 146:2) every day for every breath He gives me, and for His many blessings.
The Best Quality of Life is Yet to Come!
I know in my heart that God has in store for me, and all Christians, a quality of life that is beyond our comprehension – a new existence of infinite wonder, beauty and loveliness (1 John 3:2, 3). God promises us life in abundance (John 10:10), and to a large extent we have it now by being in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2), but in the life to come when ‘“there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4),”’ our quality of life will far exceed anything experienced on earth.
A Note to the Reader
Whatever quality of life you have at this present time, if you look to Jesus and put your trust in Him, you can know that He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus, the righteous Son of God, has suffered more excruciatingly than we can possibly imagine to take away our sins (John 1:29), and to take upon Himself the punishment we deserve.
If you believe in Him and trust Him, you have a guarantee (Ephesians 1:13, 14) that in the life to come, all be well with your soul. You will have peace and eternal life in Him (John 3:16; Revelation 1:4-6).
***General debate on the existing law relating to assisted dying
***Hansard – Assisted Dying
****The Sanctity of Life