Mil­i­tary sui­cides

The Press - - Opinion | Letters -

Saul and Sam­son’s sui­cides were not ‘quasimil­i­tary’ as Ren Kempthorne says (Jan 14), they were fully mil­i­tary in ser­vice to the God of war whose name is ‘‘the Lord’’ (Ex­o­dus 15:3).

The claim civil­ian eu­thana­sia is ‘‘barely con­sid­ered’’ in scrip­ture is not true. Je­sus had a spear thrust into his side to en­sure he was dead. (John 19:34). That is civil­ian eu­thana­sia, and Je­sus for­gave it be­fore the event. A God of war who clearly al­lowed mercy killings, but also said ‘‘thou shalt not kill’’ is yet an­other Chris­tian dou­ble stan­dard.

Phillip Rex Robin­son, Waltham

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