Alan responds to the question: If going to Heaven is so great, why do Christians want to prolong unhappy life on Earth?
00:06 The challenge question I was asked recently is this: If going to Heaven is so great, why
00:11 do Christians fight against euthanasia laws?
00:13 And I would say that's because it's wrong to use an evil means to secure a good end.
00:19 You see, although going to Heaven is certainly a good thing, killing an innocent human being
00:24 in order to get them there is morally wrong.
00:27 So for example, it's wrong to kill an innocent human being in order to harvest their heart
00:32 and to put it into someone who needs a new heart to live.
00:35 In that case, an evil means is used to achieve a good end, and that's not right to do.
00:41 Now of course, my answer to this question presumes a certain definition of euthanasia.
00:47 In this case, I'm defining it as the intentional killing of an innocent human being without
00:52 their consent because it is believed to end their suffering from a disease or injury.
00:58 Now the key point is that the cause of their death is not from the disease or the injury
01:03 but by the hand of the doctor or whoever takes their life.
01:06 In other words, I'm making a distinction from terminating life support where we take a person
01:12 who is brain dead off the machines that keep their body alive.
01:16 Based on this definition, euthanasia would be a sin because it entails killing an innocent
01:21 human being.
01:22 And that's one main reason why Christians fight against euthanasia laws.