Playing God — and Mocking Him
Jack Kevorkian's twenty-sixth "suicide" victim, Patricia Cashman, was a cancer patient who died in November. An autopsy revealed she had no lingering trace of the disease. "There was no cancer," said Kanu Virani, deputy chief medical examiner for Oakland County, Michigan, after the autopsy.
Culture Wars magazine comments, "We haven't seen any press reports in which Kevorkian acknowledges his mistake, or indeed, that he views Patricia's death as a mistake. May we suggest a motto for Dr. Death? Try this: The only good person is a dead person."
Kevorkian, afflicted with an intense spiritual blindness, and wholly without conscience or moral faculty, is quoted in the July 30, 1996 issue of USA Today, "Had Christ died in my van, with people around him who loved him (it) would have been far more dignified."
In his attempt to justify his role as a physician who takes life rather than preserving it, Kevorkian desecrates the most meaningful death in history. A few reminders are in order: 1) Jesus didn't commit suicide. He laid His life down in our place. 2) Jesus wasn't running from "terminal" disease, looking to death for a way out. 3) At the time of His death, Jesus had His mother and disciples who loved Him at His side.
Contributions and Credibility
Americans have confidence in the financial credibility of churches, a Barna Research Group study found. Some 47 percent of donors interviewed said donations to churches are used more productively than money given to other nonprofit organizations, and an additional 38 percent said the money is used with equal effectiveness. In a typical month, 45 percent of Americans give money to a church or other place of worship, 41 percent to a nonprofit organization other than a church, and 23 percent to both, the survey found.
However, Barna says, most Americans give only a small part of their income. Three-quarters of adults gave less than $500 yearly to nonprofit groups.
Better Late than Never?
"When I say things to my son, I teach myself. When I tell him, 'When you do a stupid thing, expect stupid results,' I stop and think, 'Shouldn't I be saying that to myself? 'Luckily I survived my years through sex, drugs and rock'n roll to be able to tell my children the dangers." — Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne