A Fundamental Question

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Editor:

The Terri Schiavo case raises a fundamental question in everyone who hears about it, whether they are aware of it or not. There are as many opinions on her situation as there are people who have involved themselves in it. The whole range of human feelings and motivations is on display -- love, concern, the will to power, selfishness, judgmentalism, desperation, ignorance perhaps greed, certainly arrogance. It can evoke our own deepest fears.

But the real question is: What do the people involved believe about God? I find it most amazing that often those who proclaim to believe in God, who say they believe in God's Love, are most determined to keep others from going to Him, even under the most egregious circumstances. It certainly suggests that those meddling in the case hold opposite beliefs -- that this life is all there is, and that one should want to stay here at all costs!

Trust God? I don't see that happening.

The myriad subtleties of human belief systems allow the justification of almost any human behavior including that going on around Terri Schiavo. It also leaves each of us to display the beliefs that drive our own opinion about her situation, and our own answer to the fundamental question -- what do I really believe about life and the nature of God?

What is your "final answer?" Ponder that one for a while.

Marilyn Decker, Payson

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