And then we must think about children that are born that are paralyzed or physically or mentally retarded in some way. If there's a certain standard for when it's okay to take life support away from an older person, there are children that are born who'd fall into the same category. Is it then okay to let a child die if an old person in that exact same position is allowed to die?
These questions trouble me, not only because I may one day be put in a place where I have to make such a decision about my parents, but also because, from a Christian standpoint, I firmly believe that all life is precious and everyone deserves a chance to live. As a Christian, can I condone taking away life support from someone, no matter what kind of physical/mental position that person is in? If Jesus was here and I asked him these questions, what would He say? Would He Who healed the sick and the mentally challenged say it's okay to pull life support? Or would He Who had so much compassion on the sick and mentally challenged say that it's the most loving thing that could be done? Is it taking someone's life into our own hands or is it giving someone what is best for them?