03/21/2005: "Why are Athiests for Euthenasia?"
I used to be an Atheist, and I mean a hard-core Atheist. I was the type of Atheist who would read the Bible to be able to use it as a tool to discredit Christians. Thank God I met my wife when I did and the transforming power of God was able to help me see His presence in my life!
One of the things I most remember about being an Atheist was a great fear of death. It was very clear to me that this life was all I had. I had to "thread the needle" between living an adventurous life full of exploits and victories and carefully preserving my life. There could be nothing worse than a premature end to my life because that was it. Game over!
So why is it that Atheists are on the side of Euthenasia? You'd think that there understanding of the permanence of death would make them very weary of terminating anyone's life. Similarly, thinking as an Atheist, it doesn't make any sense that the religious would be so protective of life. Wouldn't it be good to die and go to heaven?
I think the answers to these questions are obvious, particularly for the religious person, with a little analysis. But I don't want to do that analysis right now. I just wanted to bring up this interesting thought that I bet most people don't think about.