In general, should a parent be willing to die to save his/her child's life?
Hello political. Are you amillenialism or dispy?
Hello - I lean toward amillennialism, but I'm still attempting to understand Revelation in a deeper manner. Some theologians that I greatly respect such as John MacArthur and RC Sproul are Premillennialists.
Yes JMac is one of my favorite preachers.
I'm a dispy btw
Dispy means dispensationalist, right?
MacArthur describes himself as a "leaky dispensationalist." I just caught the tail end of his sermon on the radio today, which relates to this topic.
Always! I'm not me without my daughter. ❤️
Nope. I disagree with the *should*. I don't think it's a moral requirement to die for someone else
Gots think about it.
Before I had kids I wouldn't have understood this. But I'm pretty sure any parent would die for their kids without thinking twice.
Absolutely. That's in the job description.
I'm not sure "should" explains it. It's just built in to me. I would do anything to save my kids.
How about you #political ? Would you die for your hypothetical kids?
Without a doubt - if I can ever find the one, there would not be anything more special besides God than God's gift of a child.
"Should" is a tricky word
Depends on the age I could understand passing on anything less than 12
Not saving them if they're under 12?
If we're talking scenarios where one of us has to go...I would die for anyone's child.
I couldn't look myself in the mirror if I could have prevented it and didn't.
Would your parents political?
I'm not sure if they "should" but as a parent I can tell you, it's a natural instinct.
I am not absolutely certain about the "should", especially if their are other children in the picture. But generally most parents are, and those that are not are often viewed with suspicion. So society certainly thinks they should.
I would die for my children or grandchildren.
Yes, of course. It's the parental instinct and dignified, honorable.
No, I believe the life of a parent should be valued more than the life of a child.
Please explain your reasoning?
Parents are often responsible for the care of multiple children. If a parent dies, you could leave many children fatherless/motherless, which can have adverse consequences for them for the rest of their lives.
If a child dies, only one person is affected, the child. Of course, family members are going to be affected, but studies have shown that islets easier for siblings to deal with the loss of a sibling than with the loss of a parent.
it's* not islets
That sounds nice on paper, OhTheIrony. But are you a parent? And if so, would you be able to stand there and let someone murder your child in front of you? What if the other kids are with you? What message does that send to them about your protection of them in the future?
I know I'd jump in front of anyone or anything that was going to kill any of my kids or grandkids, or my kids spouses, without batting an eye. Why? I don't know if I could survive their deaths, because I love them so much! You might as well kill me, also!
As a parent, I am willing to die for my kids. I agree with Ohtheirony. Emotionally I would want to sacrifice myself for any one of them, however logically it would be better for me to live and for them to die. I fit the scenario mentioned above and I have other people to care for. Also think of the guilt that your child would feel for the rest of his life, knowing that you died to save them.
Instinctively, I couldn't bear the thought of letting my child (or wife) die if I could have prevented it with my own life.
Logistically, I have life insurance if something were to happen to me. But in the end, I would want them to have a life to live even over my own.
I am not a parent, no.
I understand that on an emotional level, it is rather unthinkable for a parent not to sacrifice their life for their child. However, I believe that if we want to approach this logically, we have to step back and ask ourselves what the best interest of the family unit is.
I don't mean to diminish the value of children, I only ask that you realize the real value that parents provide.
TheIrony, once you have children (if you do), you'll realize that when it comes to the lives of our children, there is NO thinking logically! Lol It's ALL emotional, imho. Becoming a parent changes you, making you completely responsible for the life of someone else, in a way that no other relationship does. It's unconditional love at it's finest. I just can't imagine, in the heat of the moment being CAPABLE of thinking logically, when it comes down to the lives of my kids.
It would be different if there is something I can do to save my own life, in order to change theirs, like in the plane crash scenario, where you take care of yourself in order to take care of them.
I'm also taking into account that my kids have another parent to take care of them should I die trying to protect them.
In other words, that mama bear instinct would kick in and I would have saved their lives in a split second, before I even have time to think of the consequences. It's the instinct that makes parents sling their arm across the car seat to protect that child when they slam on the brakes, even if there is no longer a child sitting there because they're now driving on their own! Lol
Well, sure, I can understand that impulse. But there's a difference between instinct and the more philosophical question of how we determine the value of a human being's life.
This question is asking about the latter, not the former. And further, not all of our instincts are moral. As a Christian yourself, I suspect you understand that.
I can't speak to what you say about the intent of the question because I can't see the question on my iPad and can't remember exactly how it was worded. Sorry.
And I don't understand what you mean about the moral question, as it pertains to my being a Christian. Can you explain, because I would like to explore that!
For example, we all have biological instincts that were not proud of, like lust. I'm just trying to say that not all our instincts are moral.
Oh, ok! Exactly! I agree completely! Thanks!
Risk? Yes. Sacrifice? No.
Why not sacrifice?
I mostly take exception to the word "should". I don't think it's unreasonable to sacrifice yourself depending on your values, but a child is not inherently more valuable than their parent. They should not be obligated to kill themself.
Most parents would say that their children are more precious than themselves, correct?
I don't know, maybe. I don't speak for them. All I know is that I wouldn't say that.