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Christian Perspectives - Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a person.

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G.C.S.E Coursework Christian Perspectives Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a person. It is about giving a person an easy and gentle death; someone that is terminally ill would often want to have this type of treatment. Some people think euthanasia is right. Some people believe euthanasia is wrong and it is an act of killing. I am going to talk about euthanasia and determine what I think is right. The word Euthanasia comes from two Greek words: 'Eu' which means good and 'thanatus' that means death, together this phrase means 'a good death'. Euthanasia is about making a choice about how to die. There are different types of euthanasia 'voluntary' and 'involuntary'. Voluntary Euthanasia is when someone gives their consent to end their life. It could be because they are under serious pain and cannot take the pressure anymore. Involuntary Euthanasia is when the people cannot make the decision themselves. A close friend or relative might want to make the decision for them. An example of involuntary euthanasia is if someone was in a coma for an extremely long time and hasn't a very good chance of surviving or a baby that is only a few hours old that is in agony and will die in a matter of days. There are different ways which euthanasia can be carried out ' active' and 'passive' euthanasia; there are two different meanings for passive euthanasia. ...read more.

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Different types of Christians interpret bible verses in different ways. There are many different types of Christianity; many of the different churches have different views on subjects like euthanasia. Here are some of the different Christian churches and communities: Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Evangelical, United Reformed Baptist, Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Eastern Orthodox and Episcopal. Some of these churches have very similar views on euthanasia and some have different views. Here are two examples of different churches beliefs. Roman Catholics are totally against euthanasia, they teach their community that any act to do with killing a person for their own benefit is classed the same as murder. They have a rulebook 'Declaration on Euthanasia' (Jura et Bonna) it was issued by the sacred congregation of the doctrine of the faith in 1980. This is what it teaches; everyone was created by god, and was offered eternal life in heaven. It teaches that killing an innocent person is wrong, whatever stage of life they are at. The book teaches if they do carry out euthanasia, it would get in the way of god's love for that person. Roman Catholics agree with giving a patient drugs to ease the pain who is suffering drugs, they might also shorten their life, and this is counted as acceptable. The Roman Catholic churches teaches there believers that ordinary treatment like feeding the patient, washing the patient must be carried on as normal. ...read more.

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* People do recover after being told that they can have euthanasia by a doctor (written off). * There are many old people who feel they are causing a nuance so that is why they have euthanasia, really they want to live on but put others before themselves. * Life is a gift and only god should take it away when he feels it is right. The treatment Euthanasia devalues life and could lead to worse ideas. Such as being aloud to kill anyone you want. I am not sure what I would do if I were opposed with that situation. I don't believe anyone could decide before it actually happened to him or her. I would think carefully about the feeling of the people in my life at that time. I wouldn't hold a grudge against anyone who thought differently. Everyone should be able to make a decision for them self. If euthanasia became legal in this country I would hope that the rules for keeping euthanasia to a minimum would be put into place. I can see why people think euthanasia is right. Some people believe it would cause less pain to the patient and patients family, help make the grievance time shorter and it let's people die with dignity this is a large part in some peoples lives, people like to be control of their body. When you are seriously ill your body deteriates. So I feel that euthanasia shouldn't be allowed. ...read more.

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