Some of you have done much more reading on this than I have, so I'm hoping to hear some good thoughts.
A number of things lately have really had me thinking about how we view life and death as Christians. I'm all for affirming the value of life, but I struggle with what seems to a more and more common idea that we should do everything in our power to preserve every possible breath in every body.
Especially in light of health care discussions recently, particularly surrounding end of life care - it seems as though we have mixed a fear of death with a love of life in ways that may or may not be healthy.
I don't want to appear to be defending a Christian Scientist view of medicine, nor do I want to to advocate people intentionally suffering for long periods of time, but I continue to wonder about how we view life and death and the cycle of life on the planet.
I think specifically about how we say things like, "she lived a good, long life" as if the length were something incredibly special. The more I think about it, if we're living life each day in ways we believe are faithful to God what does the length matter? And moreso, how does this affect the choices we make in life? Does it affect them at all?
Again, it seems difficult to separate these questions from emotions. Obviously I'd prefer to have my wife around as long as I possibly could, but then again, hurt, pain, and loneliness are important parts of life.
Perhaps to make my questions more concrete - what lengths do I go to in order to preserve my own life? Is spending $100,000 to treat cancer an investment worth making? To speak like this about other people comes off crass and insulting, but it seems like a responsible question to ask regarding one's self.
On an even larger level. We have real, serious issues with overpopulation in many parts of the planet. Is this an outgrowth of our fear of death/love of life?
I know I'm not getting anywhere close to a specific question and this really is just rambling. I do wonder, and lately its been a lot, about the cycle of life and death on the planet and it just seems like we humans do a really horrible job dealing with it.