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Euthanasia is a loving, Christian response Discuss.

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"Euthanasia is a loving, Christian response" Personally, I feel inclined to disagree with this notion; however, I very fully understand why Euthanasia (sometimes known as "mercy killing", often confused with "assisted suicide" and meaning "good death") can be thought to be a loving, Christian response. It's a grey area subject, as it is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but there are plenty of allusions to it in some form or another. By many Christians, Euthanasia is seen as a complete "no go" area and morally wrong. It is believed that every person's life is in God's hands and in his hands only. God created the world - he created all of us - and gave us life, so only God should take life away. We belong to God - "the Lord cares about our bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:13). Our lives are in His hands. As it says in (Psalm 48:14): "For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death" - the last line is especially important, as it implies that God is the one who will essentially take us and walk with us to death. ...read more.

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To rid of your own pain, you would choose the path of death - and in doing so you w/could emotionally wound those around you because of your decision. Nevertheless, those thinking it is selfish could also be considered selfish as well - they wish not to let go and are only concerned about their own feelings, not the actual person who is considering euthanasia (or going to have it carried out). It is not very selfless to put your own feelings and welfare before someone else's pain and suffering. The wide majority of those who wish to go through "euthanasia" are terminally ill, horribly sick, or permanently disabled. These are the people who are going through a lot of suffering in their life and do not wish for the suffering to continue. These are the people who probably see no hope left for them. Should a Christian really stand by and watch the patient/sufferer continue to suffer and deteriorate in health? Serious illness takes away the quality of life and that ability to make your own choices, as it affects you in more ways than one, depending on the illness/disease. So, wouldn't the kindest way not be to send them to sleep? ...read more.

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and may be even starved/dehydrated by having their artificial food/water supply cut off. However, in all honesty, this is hypocritical and not very justified, because I am a person without experience in a real life situation as this. I have never been put in a situation wherein I am in so much suffering; do not feel I can go on with an unbearable amount of pain; or in a Permanent Vegetative State. I do not know how it feels like and I do not think I could ever possibly imagine how it must feel like to have to make such a difficult decision. Therefore, I do not feel as if it is my place to judge or condemn anyone at all for what they do. It is God's place to judge and His solely, not mine. I think that this applies to all Christians elsewhere as well, because euthanasia is not directly stated in the Bible and times were very, very different back then in the time period of the Bible. The only suicides in the Bible are committed by Judas Iscariot (one of Jesus' former disciples who hung himself after his betrayal to Jesus) and Samuel (who "falls" onto his own sword when he begs the king to kill him but he doesn't). ...read more.

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