Palliative Care – To Feed or Not To Feed?

Near the end of life it is common be told not to worry about feeding and even to stop feeding, suggesting it  will only  prolong their life.   Although I do not advocate feeding near the end of life in all circumstances, I propose stopping feeding because feeding will prolong life is not in keeping with a Christian world view.  Why do I say this?

Length of life, according to the Bible, is determined by God.  The Lord God gives us life, sustains life and takes away life.   In the beginning God created everything.   Psalm 139 tells us God formed us in our mother’s womb, and had our days written down even before we were formed.  Job, in one of his prayers  to God  (Job 13-14), recognized God has determined our days, even the number of them.  Hannah, the mother of Samuel in her prayer to God, in 1 Samuel 2, also saw this, saying that the Lord takes life,  makes alive, brings us to the grave and up again.  The prophet Isaiah, in chapter 42, says God created the heavens and the earth and gives breath to the people on it.  These passages indicate God has our days planned, even the day of our death.  Is this really so?  The fact that many prophesies in the Bible have historically come true, support God being in control.  As does the record that Jesus knew what people were thinking, as well as the outcome of their actions, (like His knowing Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed).  God knows everything,  our days, even the day of our death. read more