The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner said that he did “not wish to be kept alive at all costs”, writing in the Washington Post newspaper on his 85th birthday.
Mr Tutu came out in favour of assisted dying in 2014, without specifying if he personally wanted to have the choice.
He was hospitalised last month for surgery to treat recurring infections.
“I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice,” Mr Tutu wrote.
“Regardless of what you might choose for yourself, why should you deny
“Regardless of what you might choose for yourself, why should you deny others the right to make this choice?
“For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.”
There is no specific legislation in South Africa governing assisted dying.
In one paragraph he says
“I believe in the sanctity of life. I know that we will all die and that death is a part of life. Terminally ill people have control over their lives, so why should they be refused control over their deaths? Why are so many instead forced to endure terrible pain and suffering against their wishes?”
Mat_7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Does the Bible even say we ALL will die?
Mat 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Why am I stressing this point?
Mat_10:22 but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
I have never been with a “terminally” ill-patient and I do not wish to seem arrogant to the pain and suffering that they or their family could be going through. But here is a man who in his life has chosen to led people away from Christ and at his death wishes to take that away as well.
Whatever situations apply to life, there are always two war fronts at play.
Rev_12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
God has not promised us that everything would be perfect…and as we get closer towards the end of this world things are bound to get tougher. And when we make ‘available’ the option of ‘death’ not life we are shifting the ‘mistake’ to God.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
When it reaches a point that man prefers death to life, then we are blaming God for being in the world in the first place. But is it God’s mistake?
The Bible says God created this world perfectly and us too. Everything that was created was perfect. The issues we face today, be it HIV, Cancer, terrorism, all these things are man made. Because of greed we have created this problems.
Bill Gates is being sued by the Indian government for experimenting vaccines on 30,000 children. We know what Bayer and Monsanto have been doing to seeds and medicines around the world.
Point is, we have created the problem because of sin. We sinned and created a problem and every time we choose assisted death, we are simply giving up on God. And that is exactly what the Devil wants. God will patiently wait for each and everyone of us to turn around our lives to Him, but what if in between we just starting popping pills when things turn south?
Again, not in anyway do I intend to be arrogant to the pain of being with or being a “terminally” ill patient….but see, that’s just it. Life is not in the hands of the Doctors. So no Doctor can declare you incurable or bound to die. When they do, they shut away the doors of hope, intercessory prayer and faith, even if it would not be faith in this world but faith in the world that Christ went to prepare for us.
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away