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Explain how Christians today would respond to the issue of Euthanasia.

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AO2: Explain how Christians today would respond to the issue of Euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act of bringing about the easy and gentle death of a person, usually someone who is terminally ill or in great pain. For this reason it is often called 'mercy killing' There are two types of euthanasia. Voluntary or active euthanasia is when the person concerned asked someone else to help them die. They may persuade another person to assist them to die or they may refuse the medical treatment necessary to keep them alive. ...read more.


For this reason it would be wrong and against Christian teaching to commit suicide or to take life of another person. The 6th commandment is 'Thou shall not kill' (Exodus 20:30) It is clear from the bible that human beings are not to choose whether they die. 'For every thing there is a reason, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted' (Ecclesiastes: 1-4) ...read more.


* There is a clear difference discounting treatment and actively killing someone. There are certain situations in which one simply cannot prevent the eventuality of death. These must be recognised and the decision to end treatment taken in consultation with the patient, if at all possible. If not then the closest relative should be involved. Euthanasia is taken from a Greek word meaning 'die well'. It raises many of the same moral problems as suicide. It is used today to describe the deliberate killing of a person for reasons of 'mercy'. e.g. suffering or a terminal illness. The law states that anyone doctors included who helps a patient to die risks being charged with manslaughter or murder. ...read more.

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