“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
–1 Corinthians 3:16-17
The Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”
– Genesis 1:26
This body that our consciousness dwells in is considered a holy temple by God. It is a holy temple that He created.
“In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
Because human beings are a holy temple created by God, it is a sin to destroy a life, whether by a murder at the hands of another, or taking one’s own life by suicide, which is the murder of the self.
Scripture tells us:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;”
“You shall not murder.
Representatives from the three major Abrahamic religions – Christian, Jewish, Muslim – sign a declaration against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide at the Vatican in Rome.
In the declaration, the leaders from the three faiths said they share “common goals and are in complete agreement in their approach to end-of-life situations.”
Pope Francis met with the signatories on October 28, who presented him with a copy of the signed joint declaration reaffirming each religions opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
The declaration was entitled: “Position paper of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions on matters concerning the end of life.”
The signatories included representatives from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia, Muslim and Jewish scholars and leaders, as well as from the Vatican.