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3-23-05 Bemerkungen über 1-18-02 Tatbestand
You may want to know what is my current position on the Terri Schiavo case?
I have the same position as Bill O’Reilly of FOX News. As far as what I feel the Bible has to say about this matter–the Bible is always on the side of life for a person who is a living soul and for a person who has not committed death penalty violations (the Bible is for the death penalty for certain offenses), and since Terri Schiavo was breathing, she is still alive.
Because a person becomes a living soul when they take their first breath, according to Scripture. However, the Bible also teaches that vows must be honored–see book of Numbers. The Bible teaches not to make vows lightly and that once they are made, unless there are certain mitigating circumstances, they must be honored. However, the problem in this case is we don’t know beyond a reasonable doubt what Terri Schivo’s wishes were or what vows she made about how to handle herself in the event of her incapacitation. Since there is doubt about what she wanted, it would seem we should err on the side of life.
I disagree with both parties who seem so adamant that they knew what Terri wanted. I don’t think this is at all certain, since it is not certain what she wanted, we should err on the side of life. That is my opinion. My argument would be that since it is uncertain what this woman would have wanted and since she isn’t suffering, she should live.
I agree with Bill O’Reilly, the husband should just allow her to live, since she wasn’t suffering and he should admit that he didn’t feel that keeping her alive would honor her wishes, but that he would let Terri live since she isn’t suffering in her vegetative state, and because her family is willing to take care of all her needs. If she was suffering it would be another story.
The Bible says vows should be honored, but there were no vows. I think ADVANCE DIRECTIVES are a good thing, and they should be treated like a vow is treated in the Bible. But this woman made no vows and what her wishes were are uncertain–so we should err on the side of life.
Both sides are wrong to claim they knew what her wishes are. We cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt what her wishes were.
Electronically signed: Gail Chord Schuler
Place: Melbourne, FL