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Explain how Christians may respond to the question of euthanasia.

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Explain how Christians may respond to the question of euthanasia. Euthanasia is currently a highly debated topic for many Christians and in this section of my coursework I will be looking at how Christians may respond to the question of it. However before I explore or begin to explain how a Christian may respond, I need to explore how Christians make their moral decisions. Christians use a number of sources to make decisions or discuss moral issues such as euthanasia. The first of these is the Bible. Although the Bible does not actually mention euthanasia it does teach Christians about the sanctity of life and the values of humanity so a Christian may draw on these teachings as suggested in section A, when discussing euthanasia. A Christian would therefore use these teachings to try and work out how God would want them to live life. Some Christians may also use Church teachings when responding to the question of euthanasia. This is especially true for Roman Catholics who may also look to the Pope and Bishops. Many Christians may also look to Jesus and the example he set to Christians through his life and teachings in the gospels, because the teaching of Jesus lies at the heart of Christian ethics. ...read more.

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Also some may support euthanasia because of situation ethics, this is the idea that in some situations the most loving action to do is to allow euthanasia, this follows the great commandment: "Love your neighbour." This is a direct commandment from God so therefore Christians believe they have the responsibility to out upon it and they may do this by allowing somebody who has a terminal illness and is in a lot of pain to be given euthanasia therefore this teaching can be used to support euthanasia because in some situations it can be see that euthanasia is the most loving action in some cases. A Church that presents a none absolute view on euthanasia are the Quakers. They do not have a definite view. Most Quakers however do support euthanasia: "it would not be easy deciding to switch off a life support machine, most Quakers would probably feel this might be the right thing to do." http://www.quaker.org.uk/more/qviews/qviews5.html Some Quakers may believe this because of the Quaker peace testimony. This is a statement that the Quakers believe and from this the Quaker's believe that they should "Appeal to the something of God in everybody." ...read more.

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The hospice also not only looks after the patients disease and controls pain for them but it prepares them for death both physically, mentally, and spiritually. The hospice also aims to give the family of a loved one care, help and guidance through the last part of that loved ones life and after the death of the loved one; "It is also looking at the emotional and mental pain, family pain and spiritual pain - looking at the patient as a whole person." Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement. From this Some Christians would say that the hospice is the most loving place for somebody with a terminal illness to be because it takes care of the whole person and prepares the patient and family for the death whereas in euthanasia they might say, no respect is given to the patient and no compassion is given but they are instead made to seem disposable. Therefore a Christian who opposed euthanasia could respond to the to the question of euthanasia by suggesting the hospice. In conclusive, it can be seen that there are many different views in Christianity about euthanasia and many ways in which a Christian can respond to euthanasia even though euthanasia is not mentioned in the Bible. ...read more.

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