When listening to very valid orthodox arguments against the evils of artificial birth control and abortion, the point is almost always raised that there is a divinely established and natural cycle to life and interrupting that cycle is akin to denying God his right to bring life into existence. The fundamental premise is that if people are behaving and acting as God intended a good, globally sustainable balance is achieved through natural and healthy fertility rates (number of infants born), and by implication, the number of those whose earthly existence naturally comes to an end.
While understandably if one is talking about artificial birth control (ABC) the focus would be on the former, the latter – the “natural” death cycle, is often not discussed as being an issue unless the conversation is focused on or shifts to euthanasia of any kind (which, of course is a most evil and grave matter).
Indeed, one should never interfere with the natural intentions of God, and this view is advanced by the Church regarding ABC, abortion, and extends to euthanasia and similar evils. However, new medical innovations are continually being developed and implemented that extends the life expectancy of mankind substantially in developed nations. While I would not propose to negate or hinder advancements in medicine, which certainly charitably reduces suffering and pain the world over for millions of people and should be pursued, I often ask myself the following question:
***Is there a point at which man could go too far in the advancement of medical innovations and technology that would extend human life beyond the length intended by God in the natural order and cycle of life, obstructing said order/cycle in a manner similar to that caused by the use ABC? ***
I’m not talking about life support or states devoid of cognition, but of situations that would likely be lethal if not for the intervention of modern medicine. It is conceivable that life expectancy could one day advance beyond 100 years. If one dedicates living one’s life to the glory of the Divine Creator according to His commandments and the teachings of His Holy Church in the hope of realizing the beatific vision of heaven, it presupposes that the natural end of man is death. Man can do many artificial things… The question I ask is whether or not we should, and if so how far mankind should go before we begin “playing God” to a certain extent?
God created the earth with a natural order to maintain sustainability. Could mankind’s progress stand in the way of God’s plan and natural order?
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.
As a disclaimer, this is just a question for thought and discussion and I did not write this post to advocate or suggest any evil acts or grave matters whatsoever.