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Describe The Christian Teaching On The Sanctity Of Life In Relation To Euthanasia

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RE Coursework Religion And Medical Ethics Section One: Describe The Christian Teaching On The Sanctity Of Life In Relation To Euthanasia Not all Christians think the same about euthanasia Some, like the Roman Catholics believe that keeping someone alive on a life support machine is wrong but killing them because they are in pain is even worse they believe that all forms of euthanasia (active and passive, voluntary and involuntary) are against Gods will, but if death is caused by a painkiller such as morphine that was intended to help, then Roman Catholics have no objection to it. This is called double effect. Other Christians say that all forms of euthanasia are wrong including double effect as this is caused by humans and it is written in the bible that God said to Jeremiah "before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5) and this means that God has a plan for everyone and euthanasia may not be part of the plan. As God gave us life "God made man in his own image" (Genesis 1:27) it is only Him who can take it away from us "the lord gave and has taken away" (Job 1:21) ...read more.

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Other Christians such as Pentecostal Christians (who are old fundamentalists) would not go to a hospital or a hospice but they would ask their church to pray for them because they believe that God will heal them if they pray and remain faithful to Him. Yet others would pray and go to hospital or hospice aswell, as insurance, you could say, to make sure that they get all the help they can. If a Christian was asked for advice, as they often are, then they would quote people such as the Pope or Mother Teresa or they would quote the Bible saying things such as "when Moses was given by God the ten commandments written on tablets of stone on mount Sinai the sixth commandment was "thou shalt not kill" (NIV. Exodus 20:13) meaning that to take a life is a sin which will grant you an eternity in Hell or Purgatory (depending on your beliefs) but ultimately the decision is yours on the euthanasia issue." when facing the decision of whether to let someone die or not Christians must ask themselves "am I doing what God wants or what I want? Being a loving God, would He judge my actions to be an act of love or an act of selfishness? ...read more.

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No we are just believing Him if He didn't control us we could prove Him right by asking Him. There are some Christians who ask their church to pray for them and refuse any sort of medical treatment for any condition from a stubbed toe right through to cancer. One example is Marvin Andrews who broke his leg and was told without treatment it may take six months to heal and even then it may not heal completely he declined treatment and asked his friends, family and church to pray for his return to health. That was 7 weeks ago, 2 weeks ago, he was running around playing football with his mates on the park, this is in my opinion another way of interfering with things and had Marvin's condition been life threatening his friends and family would have been interfering by praying. Everything we do, even if we do nothing, is interfering. So people cannot not interfere, so death is God's business, but the ways of this earth He has created are so complex, so tangled that to not interfere we would have to make ourselves stop existing. Also God gave us people who created medicine so obviously He wanted us to interfere. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Lovegrove R.E. Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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