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For a Christian euthanasia can never be a good death. Discuss

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"For a Christian, euthanasia can never be considered a good death" Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person. In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it as they are in pain and do not want to go on living like they are. As euthanasia is not deemed natural, there are huge implications about whether it should be made legal or illegal. Traditionally, a Christian would claim that euthanasia could never be considered a good death for a human being. Their main argument (probably the most important) is about the sanctity of life. Christians believe that life is a sacred gift from God, 'which they are called upon to preserve and make fruitful'. They imply that to take a life opposes Gods love for that person, and rejects the duty of a person to live life according to Gods plan. There are biblical texts that define the sanctity of life according to revealed ethics and they re one, set apart, the Christian thought that every human being is created in the image and the likeness of God, 'so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created man'. ...read more.

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'Switching machines in such cases is not really helping a patients to "die well", but instead it is recognising that they have really already died and its that we are simply ending the suffering of their corpses. In his article it shows that interestingly opinion polls show that ordinary Christians do not follow their leaders in this matter since 80% of Anglicans and 73% of Roman Catholics lay people would like to see euthanasia legalised. He also points out that in the Bible, it is nowhere said that it is always wrong to take someone's own life. This is also interesting as Christians follow the Bible and still oppose euthanasia. Biblical suicides (which always take place in extreme circumstances) are reported without condemnation, so why is it wrong in modern to society for an individual to commit suicide if they cannot go on living in pain and want to reserve their pride and dignity. Saul committed suicide to avoid humiliation of being captured and to stop his death from being lamented by al of Israel. Now it is understandable why he chose to take his own life, but he wasn't suffering in pain like some people are laid in hospital today, and still it is wrong for patients to want to end their misery? ...read more.

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Overall, after looking at each article, and establishing each persons view on euthanasia, I have come to mine own conclusion. I disagree with the claim, and agree with the likes of Badham and Fletcher. Firstly, if the sanctity of life is most important, Christian should not let himself or herself or a loved one suffer from an incurable illness. If they deemed their life the most important thing in life, then they would save themselves and consider euthanasia as an option. Jenny Appleton agrees with the claim and says that euthanasia/suicide would become the first step towards state control of the right to life. But is this a bad thing? It could in fact give humans more control of the right to life and death, if they are very ill. Taking all of the thoughts I have pointed out, I think it is hard to establish why euthanasia would not be appropriate for a Christian. It's the more loving option and stops the suffering of a person. However, a modern problem is that this modern world calls for a Christian response that is already modern. (The ethic of love) Carmen Barlow Essay 1 Richard Dunn R.S ...read more.

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