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Euthanasia Paper 2-Christian Perspectives on personal, social and World issues B-Explain how Christians put their beliefs about Euthanasia into action Euthanasia is a Greek word that translates into English to mean a 'good, easy death.' The main points addressed by the are that euthanasia activists have dropped references to terminal illness, replacing them with such phrases as "hopelessly ill," "desperately ill," "incurably ill," "hopeless condition," and "meaningless life." Another point is that we as humans don't have the right to take another human beings life and god didn't create humans to kill each other. Not all Christians are against Euthanasia so when I write this essay I will write from a Catholic point of view. Some Christians will straight away say Euthanasia is wrong no matter the circumstances but others will ask what the situation is and then consider if it the right or wrong thing to do. Most Christians will actually put some of their responses and some of them are: * Educational training for students and youth groups * The Hospice Movement * Joining a protest march * Voluntary work * Lobbying Parliament I will now explore three on these responses and give an explanation of each and my thoughts on each. ...read more.


Voluntary Work- Volunteering to help out in the hospices makes the people feel loved and appreciated and the main aims of volunteering in the hospices are 1) To relieve pain. Today it is thought it is not necessary for terminally ill patients to die in pain. Hospice volunteers specialize in pain control by distracting them, involving them in activities, etc. Hospice staff believe all pain, however severe can be brought under control. 2) To help patients, friends and relatives face up to death. Although many hospices are Christian foundations, no attempt is made to persuade patients to become Christians. Opportunities are given to the patients and to family members to discuss death and dying. 3) To care for the emotional needs of friends and family. The volunteers help families cope with bereavement before, during and after the death of their relative. Many who do not support euthanasia believe that hospices allow people to die with dignity so they decide to volunteer. If the pain is kept under control the individual can live well up to the moment they die. Many Christians support the hospice movement and believe that if there were enough spaces available for all who wished to go there, that euthanasia would not be needed and they try and get involved in helping in the hospices. ...read more.


Face to face visits are the most effective way of communicating the strength of feelings that Christians have about this issue. Usually, MPs have a 'surgery' once a week where members of their constituency can go and raise concerns. The following information may help those who want to visit their MPs. a. For those who want to confirm who their local MP is, the Parliament website's 'Constituency Locata' is a simple way of doing this: http://www.locata.co.uk/commons/ b. Having found who your MP is, use the helpful Christian Institute service to see how your MP has voted on the Religious Hatred Bill in the past http://www.christian.org.uk/mpvotes.php. c. Before going to see an MP the Briefing Note produced by the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship should be read and used as a basis for the surgery meeting. d. Writing to MPs An alternative way of voicing concerns to MPs is by writing. This can be done by post, by e-mail, or by fax. Again the Briefing Note may be helpful because any correspondence with an MP should be factually accurate, present a clear argument, and show consideration of the issues involved. In conclusion by Christians putting their beliefs into action they are trying to reduce Euthanasia and trying to get more people involved into stopping any threat of Euthanasia. Next I will examine the statement that 'Can Euthanasia can be justified,; and I will be looking at two sides of the argument. GSCE Religious Studies ...read more.

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