Oct 14, 2021
The Orthodox Church says NO to Euthanasia
Human consciousness, even when experiencing the deepest recesses of psychological and physical pain, vacillates between different perceptions of that pain -- and its pros and cons -- constantly. One day (or moment) it will be intolerable and people will actively seek death, the next day (or moment) they want to see their loved ones again and yearn to grasp just an ounce more of life--to live another day. Voluntary assisted dying deprives people and their loved ones of the natural causes of death; it cannot predict how the person will wake up or feel the next day, minute, or hour. From a Christian perspective, it is an affront to the creator who appoints the times and seasons for our life, and how it will (or how He will permit it) to end. So, no to Euthanasia on all fronts -- we are not only a society of infanticides, but misanthropes disguising the latter as 'compassion.'
Written by Dr Mario Baghos (Lecturer of Patristics at St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College)