The Gospel of Life

St. Pope John Paul II proclaims the word of God about the topic of protecting the gift of life and cherishing it at all times. “The Gospel of Life” is a discussion still relevant in today’s society to people of every age and culture. Since the beginning of Jesus Christ’s teachings, his disciples spread the message that each one of us has purpose. With St. Pope John Paul II writing, future generations will be salvished against common sin that keeps us away from God. All people have human dignity and deserve justice and as God’s children, we must defend and promote this encyclical. As a society, we are called to solve the world’s problems not through human reason alone, but through human reason and the Divine Law. God’s grace lightens up the world and fulfills our human and political community with love. St. Pope John Paul II proclaims in his encyclical that if an individual follows the process, he or she will be enlightened by the promise and renewed by the gift of divine life, which will reach its full realization in the Kingdom of God.

Our human lives are precious and St. Pope John Paul II proclaims the good news to remind us of our value and dignity, while emphasizing the culture of death, and the renewed culture of God.As poverty, hunger, endemic diseases, violence and war increase, weak and defenseless lives are being constantly threatened in today’s society. Communities attempt to justify crimes against life with public opinions. Although certain legislatures have legalized crimes such as abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty in the name of individual freedom, it is not morally right to act upon these selfless situations. Not only innocent lives are being thrown away, but our conscience is being darkened as people cannot distinguish the difference between their right and wrong decisions.

On behalf of the church, St. Pope John Paul II speaks out for those who do not have a voice and cannot defend themselves. Throughout human history, the consequences of Original Sin has been affecting our society. The tragic destruction of human lives and violence is compared to the first murder in the Book of Genesis. Death came into the world as a result of the devil’s envy and the sin of our first parents. And death entered it in a violent way, through the killing of Abel by his brother Cain: ‘And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him’ (Gen 4:8). The sixth commandment states “You shall not kill,” and abortion violates this basic human right. Even if a fetus has yet to be born, he or she is still a human being and deserves to have the same rights as any other civilian. Physical limitations do not make those with disabilities less human.

By the time a baby is conceived, he or she is recognized by God, as demonstrated in Jeremiah 1:5: ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.’ Abortion is not only murder, but also causes psychological damage and pollutes the society into believing that it is an excusable act. Women who abort their child increase their risk of developing depression and have significantly higher anxiety. Society needs to take responsibility for their actions and accept the consequences. Having sexual intercourse risks a pregnancy and an unborn baby should not be punished for a mistake made by adults who are aware of the consequences. St. John Paul II teaches society that there are other options a woman could do, such as adoption, rather than aborting their child.

Life begins at conception, which means that unborn babies have a fundamental right to life just as much as we do and we must protect the ones who are unable to defend themselves no matter the circumstance. Euthanasia opens up another topic that threatens the gift of life. It is a violation of God’s law because it is the morally unacceptable way of killing a person. Euthanasia gives an individual a certain attitude which leads people into thinking they can control one’s life or death; a right that only God can obtain. ‘It is I who bring both death and life’ (Dt 32:39) Due to advanced medicine, when an individual feels as if they no longer hold any value, he or she can choose whether they want to end their life in ahastyway. Euthanasia is another form of suicide, which represents a rejection of God’s sovereignty over life and death, as proclaimed in the prayer of the ancient sage of Israel: ‘You have power over life and death; you lead men down to the gates of Hades and back again’

Assisted suicide also violates God’s law. A relatives’ duty is to treat a family member with patience and love and doctors are meant to care for the sick person even during their most painful terminal changes. Saint Augustine writes, ‘it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it because, hanging between life and death, he begs for help in freeing the soul struggling against the bonds of the body and longing to be released; nor is it licit even when a sick person is no longer able to live’ Doctors go through extensive training to provide health services for the ill. A patient should not have to worry if their doctor is thinking about whether they are valuable enough to keep alive. Euthanasia destroys a societies trust in the medical profession and sends a message that life is not worth living.

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