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Euthanasia What do Christian teachings tell us about the Sanctity of Life?

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Religious Studies -Euthanasia What do Christian teachings tell us about the Sanctity of Life? The sanctity of life describes what Christians believe about the life God created for them. The sanctity of life basically means that life itself is a gift, and that gift is from God, therefore only God can take it away. The word sanctity means purity and that life is holy and special. Christians believe that life is the ultimate gift that can be given to humans on Earth, they treat it with the utmost respect and it is treasured. The sixth commandment itself states that 'you shall not murder,' this is in the book of Exodus (chapter 20 verse 13) and to seize another person's life is a sin against God. In the first chapter in the first book of the Bible it says that God created everything and so out of respect we should not harm our fellow humans. 'God made man in his own image' (Genesis1: 27) In thinking that life is precious Christians treat each other equally and fairly, without judgement, believing that all people are made in God's image. Therefore, if we are made in God's image then we are precious ourselves, meaning that we are not to waste life or damage life. 'Do unto others what you would like them to do unto you', and also 'Love your neighbours as you love yourself.' ...read more.

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"The argument for euthanasia will be answered if better methods of caring for the dying are developed. Medical skill in terminal care must be improved before death, loneliness must be relieved, patient and family must be supported by the statutory services and by the community. The whole of the patients needs, including the spiritual, must be met." The Roman Catholic Church is against any form of suicide, whether it's having an overdose of tablets or excluding treatment. The Church disagree with every intentional action to deliberately cause death is abusing God's laws. Although they believe that you must only provide painkilling drugs to relieve pain and not a form of death, they feel that life should be maintained at all costs. Members of the Roman Catholic Church as Christians believe that it is God's place and no one else's to take life. It's not only religious group and the medical profession but also the government agree that doctors should not use exceptional measures to extend life of terminally ill. "Man does not have the right to end his own or another's life for the sake of avoiding possible suffering. We are stewards of our physical life, and God alone can determine when the power to take life shall be given to man." (Dr Hew Morgan, GP and Christian). 'No one can keep himself from dying or put off the day of his death.' ...read more.

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"I have never seen any nobility in a patient's thrashing around all night in a sweat -soaked bed, trying to escape from the pain that torments him day and night... to my mind when the terminally ill patient has reached this stage, the best medical treatment is death." (Dr Christiaan Barnard, heart-transplant surgeon). If an animal's life ever became this horrific, humans would put them down long before. Animals cannot be comforted to the extent we can, their mind do not have the complexity humans obtain. 'Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 'God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in numbers; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:26-28) I believe that humans are created in God's image and animals aren't, consequently you cannot compare the two. Animal are not the same as Humans, they do not have the same level of intelligence. They don't know right from wrong and they do not have a conscience, therefore people are much more important than animals. R.S Coursework Laura Stone 11B Euthanasia ...read more.

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