• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about euthanasia.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Bryony Wilkes L5H RS Moral issues Euthanasia Coursework 2003 A. 1. What is euthanasia? The word euthanasia comes from the Greek: 'eu'- meaning well and 'thanatos' meaning death, therefore euthanasia literally means 'to die well'. It is now often understood as causing death to happen, usually because of the pain and suffering of the individual. There are three types of euthanasia: Voluntary euthanasia, when a person asks to die before or during illness. Nonvoluntary euthanasia, which occurs when a patient is in a coma or not in a proper state to make the decision for themselves, this usually means the decision of relatives and doctors to stop drip feeding a patient or giving them drugs that they need to live. Involuntary, enforced or compulsory euthanasia is when a person is killed for medical reasons but they have no choice in it. For example, Hitler ordered the deaths of many mentally and physically ill people as he believed that they were useless and costing the state a lot of money. Voluntary euthanasia can be split into two types. Active voluntary euthanasia occurs when a person dies due to a direct action such as a lethal injection this is also called mercy killing. ...read more.

Middle

Many facing pain could use this to strengthen them and perhaps it is meant that they will receive a reward in heaven for what they have suffered. Christians would not be in favour of euthanasia because of passages such as Genesis 1:26-27 in which it is made clear that God gave us life and therefore it is his choice to take it away. We were created in the image of God and therefore have a purpose more than animals and we should be grateful to God for this gift in what ever state. Many would argue that this is not true as life has a quality to it and when enjoyment has gone from life and we are unable to live properly and comfortably then it is not worth living anymore. It is thought by many Christians that we do not have a right to attain happiness as we only have a right to pursue it as god have planned our lives and happiness is therefore God given. In Paul's letter to the Philippians 4:12-14 he says: 'I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.' ...read more.

Conclusion

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy and that is what you are." Dame Cicely Saunders the founder of the hospice movement believes that euthanasia promotes loss of dignity for the sick. She believes that God is with all the sick and therefore however much they suffer they are with God. Psalm 23:4 "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me ..." She believes that it is important for people to look after their family and the sick as that shows God's love. In general the Bible forbids euthanasia and so do most religions to varying degrees. It is still important to remember that caring for people, just as Jesus did and doctors and nurses do today, is very important and that Christians should use their faith to strengthen them. Deuteronomy 31:6,8 "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble..., for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.... And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you.... Do not fear, or be dismayed." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Euthanasia section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Euthanasia essays

  1. My hypothesis: Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK.I am going to answer a ...

    He had no wife, no kids and sadly not a lot to live for. One day he asked a friend to kill him; I suppose he couldn't take it anymore. His friend, Jonathan Kent told us my uncle had told him he could never bring himself to commit suicide alone, so wanted some help.

  2. Speaking and Listening Coursework (Euthanasia Speech)

    Yet no where have I been able to find out why, as there are so many reason why the bill would have made a difference.

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    ( This point re-states the teaching of Pope Pius XII ) The 1980 declaration also states that treatment for a dying patient should be proportionate to the therapeutic effect expected and should not be disproportionately painful, intrusive, risky or costly, in the circumstances.

  2. What are the main issues in the debate about euthanasia.

    Passive euthanasia, for example, may involve turning off a life-support machine that a friend or relative is attached to. Of course, this quote states that to delay the end of life is also morally wrong. This means that to keep the person alive on the life-support machine was wrong in the first place.

  1. Choose a case which you consider to be of crucial importance for medical ethics ...

    This case involved a married couple, the marriage was in difficulties the husband suffered from depression and attempted to commit suicide on a number of occasions. The husband asked his wife to help him commit suicide by bringing him drink and drugs, she did so without attempting to dissuade him knowing that she would profit from his death.

  2. “An acceptance of the practice ofvoluntary euthanasia is incompatible with Christian belief in the ...

    or unwanted, and who thus might be under pressure to seek the hastening of their own deaths. They also say that there are limits to human autonomy, and thus to what human beings may do to themselves or require others to do for them.

  1. Euthanasia is a loving, Christian response Discuss.

    Passive euthanasia is another very grey area. With modern day technology, the definition of natural death instantly becomes a tricky subject. A natural death would be the equivalent of a death through natural means, presumably excluding preserved lives through medicine, treatment, life support machines, etc (those of which have never

  2. Religious studies - Christian perspectives of euthanasia

    He died 11 days after the tube was removed, 4 years after entering his PVS. This was an example of non-voluntary euthanasia, as Tony did not give permission to be killed (although he couldn't, as he was unconscious). It was active euthanasia, as an action was taken to end his life, in this case removing his life support.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work