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Describe the teachings of Christianity about the sanctity of life in relation to euthanasia.

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Describe the teachings of Christianity about the sanctity of life in relation to euthanasia Euthanasia is the practice of ending a persons life who is in intolerable pain or who is so handicapped they cannot do anything for themselves.Many people see euthanasia as killing in the name of compassion, to end someones suffering. For this reason, euthanasia is often referred to as 'mercy-killing'.The word 'euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. All Christians see euthanasia as an easy way out of a problem, and as going against the will of god. There are many different variations of euthanasia. The most common type being 'Voluntary euthanasia'. This is when the dying person has asked specifically to be killed, when their illness makes their lives not worth living any longer.The majority of all religions dissaprove of euthanasia. Christians follow the teachings of the Bible and the Church, which teach that euthanasia is very wrong.'Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit'( 1 Corinthians 6:19) This tells Christians that in ourselves is a part of God. It means that if we were to kill ourselves, or another person ,we would infact be killing a part of God. 'Involutary euthanasia' is when doctors, or the family of the dying person, make the final decision for them, because the dying person is unable to do so for themselves. ...read more.

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know a person, it is their duty as a good Christian to make sure that the ill person is cared for and to ensure that they are healthy and happy. If a person was to let passive euthanasia be undertaken, even when they can do something to prolong their life, it would go against this teaching. The final type of euthanasia is 'Active euthanasia'. This is when doctors give their patient a pain-killing drug, that they know will infact kill the patient.The Sixth Commandment is: 'You shall not murder'( Exodus 20:13 ) If a doctor was to administer a lethal drug to a patient under normal circumstances, it would be seen as nothing but murder. Christians believe that when a lethal dose is given, even when the family or the patient themselves have asked for it, it is still murder and nothing can change that. Euthanasia is illegal throughout the world, except in the State of Oregon,in the USA, the Netherlands and Belgium.In 1995, Australia's Northern Territory approved a euthanasia bill.It went into effect in 1996, but was overturned by the Australian Parliament in 1997. Also, in 1997, Colombia's Supreme Court ruled that penalties for mercy killing should be removed.However, the ruling does not go into effect until guidelines, which are still to be drafted, are approved by the Colombian Congress.No country allows compulsory euthanasia.People find it very hard to believe that,even with the correct guidelines, the legalisation of euthanasia would not be abused. ...read more.

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Euthanasia can give many bad influences to society. It give the feeling that it is alright to end a life,some lives are not worth living and that some disabilities make a human being worth less than another.To propose euthanasia to an individual is to judge that their current life is not worthwhile. The Roman Catholic Church is strongly opposed to euthanasia as it is seen as murder.In Evangelium Vitae, the Pope said that to cause death in this way was 'a grave violation of the law of God'.Roman Catholics believe that doctors should not be allowed to use any extraordinary treatment to keep a person alive, however, if large doses of painkillers are used to help ease a persons suffering,and as a result the person dies, then this is seen as double effect and is permitted.The Church of England holds a similar view.It says that although taking a life is forbidden, there are very strong arguments that say how unfair it is to prolong a persons suffering when nothing will be gained. Christians encourage the work of hospices and other organisations to ease the suffering of the ill persons and to ease the grief of their family. Christians believe that people should be allowed to die with dignity without the need for euthanasia. ...read more.

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