• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Also connected to issues involved in abortion and the sacredness of life is euthanasia. Our beliefs in the value of life influenced by the church also affect the way we see euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act of bringing

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Abortion and Euthanasia Human life is sacred, this means life is precious and that no one has the right to take life away only God. The Christian church teaches life is a sacred gift from god. In the bible we read, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish and the sea, the birds of the air, over the livestock, over the world and all the over creatures that move along the ground '. The teaching of the Catholic Church is expressed in the declaration on procured abortion (1974) in this the church points out that respect for human life is not just a Christian duty. 'So God created man in his own image, the image of God created him, male and female he created the' (Genesis 1:26-27). Created in the image of one God... has the same nature and the same origin of all.... Enjoy an equal dignity. The equality of all rests on essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it. (taken from the Catechism of the Catholic church 1994) Contraception and birth control may be used for a variety of reasons, when pregnancy or childbirth might harm the medical or physical condition of the Mother. They are also used to limit the number of children in order not to damage living standards. The various Christian churches have different views on contraception. The Roman Catholic Church says that the use of contraception is against natural law. ...read more.

Middle

Christianity teaches that all life comes from God. 'Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the Earth and subdued it. Rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and every other living creature that moves on the ground. (Genesis 1:26-28) It also teaches that life is sacred. 'Your body is a temple of the Holy spirit' (1 Corinthians 6:19) For this reason it would be wrong and against Christian teaching to commit suicide or to take life of another person. The 6 commandment is 'You shall not kill' (Exodus 20:30) It is clear from the bible that human beings are not to choose whether they die. 'For every thing there is a reason, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted' (Ecclesiastes: 1-4) The Roman Catholic Church is opposed to euthanasia because it is seen as murder. In Evang velsium vitae, the Pope said that to cause death in this way was 'A grave violation of the law of God'. The churches concern is to bring the light and the life of Christ to everyone who needs it. It clearly teaches that those whose lives are diminished or weakened in anyway should be treated with special care. In particular, the sick, the handicapped, the elderly should be helped to live as normal life as possible. Whatever its motives, euthanasia does mean putting a premature ends of lives of such people. ...read more.

Conclusion

There arguments for euthanasia. A person may reach a point where his or her life is not worth living. These applies to people whose minds are so deteriorated that they are helpless and unable to live with any dignity at all. People who are brainstem dead and have no hope of recovering consciousness but whose bodies are still technically alive. Some people support voluntary euthanasia eg EXIT and believe that the law should be changed. They believe that a person who is incurably ill should be allowed by law to have a painful (if this is their expressed wish). They also believe that doctors should be able to help patients that cant be cured to die peacefully, provided the person has signed a statement making their wishes known 30 days before. ' We have 20.000 requests for living wills each year, showing that a large proportion of the British people would like to see voluntary euthanasia become legal. Everyone should be able to have the mercy of a painless death Richard Hume of EXIT, the voluntary euthanasia society. In a living will a person asks for euthanasia in the event that they become terminally ill and unable to communicate their own decisions to relatives or doctors. Jesus did not agree with voluntary euthanasia, as we read. Simons Mother in law was sick in bed with a fever and as soon as Jesus arrived he was told about her. He went to her took her by the hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. (Matthew 2 30-31) Jesus did not believe in euthanasia as he healed her and did not kill her. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Euthanasia section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Euthanasia essays

  1. My hypothesis: Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK.I am going to answer a ...

    This was about you, sir." Crusading doctor However, Dr Kevorkian, who defended himself in court, clearly sees himself as fighting for a cause. In his closing statement, he compared himself to civil rights heroes Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

  2. What are the main issues in the debate about euthanasia.

    excuse for killing them, '...The message of Judaism is that one must struggle until the last breath of life. Until the last moment, one has to live and rejoice and give thanks to the Creator...' (Dr. Rachamim Melamed-Cohen, Jewsweek, March, 2002).

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    He is the one who decides when we live and we die. What about passive euthanasia - turning off life support machines and prolongation of life? This depends. It is sometimes acceptable. It would give time for research which may provide a reasonable quality of life for the person.

  2. “An acceptance of the practice ofvoluntary euthanasia is incompatible with Christian belief in the ...

    In addition to the fact that it is now medically possible to keep people alive in circumstances where death might otherwise have brought relief from intolerable suffering, does not place on doctors an overriding obligation to prolong life by all available means.

  1. Euthanasia- coursework on Christian belief, ethical philosophers and that of the medical establishment.

    This is the antithesis of the "sanctity of life" ethic, which maintains that every life, created in the image of God has intrinsic God-given value that is not reduced by circumstances. Paul teaches, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation" (Phil 4:12).

  2. Euthanasia and types of euthanasia

    and the Samaritans. Voluntary euthanasia is not about doctors deciding who should live and who should die. It is about scrutinising rational requests from individual patients and without that strong request; no possibility of voluntary euthanasia could be entertained. In Britain, hundreds of people have their lives terminated without their specific request.

  1. Euthanasia and the Right to Die With Dignity

    These results show that the main concern for most patients is the loss of control over their body and situation. If Dr. assisted suicide were permitted, then these patients would gain a sense of control over their condition. Doctors could explain to the patients how to administer certain drugs that would cause death.

  2. Is Euthanasia accepted within Society? ...

    a sacred gift and we don't have the right when to decide when to end it. God does not send us any experience that we cannot handle. God supports people in suffering. To actively seek an end to one's life would represent a lack of trust in God's promise.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work