Does the Bible forbid having medical treatment to prolong a life?


Clarify Share Report Asked June 17 2019 1359754380 Glenna Miller

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that human life and the human body are gifts from God of which believers are expected to be faithful stewards, just as with other resources that God has entrusted to them. God has also given medical knowledge and skill to humans to be used for that purpose. (Luke, the author of the gospel that bears his name, as well as of the book of Acts, was a physician, as noted by Paul in Colossians 4:14). So I would say that the maintenance and prolonging of life through routine medical treatment, rather than being forbidden, would, in fact, be expected of Christians.

However, legitimate questions do arise with respect to the modern ability of medical science to maintain biological life nearly indefinitely, even in cases where there might be no foreseeable possibility of recovery, and when the individual is in a coma or other condition that in earlier times would have led to death if allowed to run its normal course. I have found the discussion of this issue on the Got Questions? Bible website to be useful in this regard, as noted at the following URL: https://www.gotquestions.org/quality-of-life.html

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