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Explain what Christians teachings might be used in a discussion about euthanasia

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Coursework 2 Euthanasia Part a) ii) Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about euthanasia. There are no specific teachings in the Bible about euthanasia. However, Christians use the Bible to help them understand whether euthanasia is right or wrong. An important teaching in the Bible is 'Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit' (1Corinthians 6:19). For this reason it would be wrong and against Christian teaching to commit suicide or to take the life of another person because it would not only be killing a part of you but killing a part of God. The 6th commandment helps Christians understand right from wrong when it comes to euthanasia. 'You shall not kill' (Exodus 20:30). Here the Bible makes it very clear to Christians that killing is wrong and that humans do not have the right to choose whether they, or others, die. ...read more.

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The first is that euthanasia is murder. The next is that euthanasia is contrary to the dignity of human beings. The third is that euthanasia destroys the respect that is due to God, for he made the life and life is sacred (the sanctity of life). The Roman Catholic Church does not believe that doctors should use any 'out of the ordinary' treatment to keep people alive. The Church of England holds a similar view, saying that although taking of another human life is forbidden; there are very strong arguments that people should not be kept alive when they are suffering intolerable pain. People should be allowed to die, but only if nature, or God, decides. Christians in the Church of England believe that human life is a gift from God, which should be preserved and nourished. ...read more.

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This is because many Christians believe that they have the right to kill a person to help them if they love them and want the best for them. The Bible is usually very specific about moral issues such as euthanasia, but in the case of euthanasia, nowhere in the Bible does it specifically condemn it. Baptists agree that when a person is brain dead and experts agree there is no chance of recovery, then it is acceptable to stop treatment and allow the patient to die naturally. The Methodist Church believes: 'We need to provide better care for the dying rather than kill them off 'early.' - Methodist Conference in 1974. Therefore Methodist Christians believe that people should be looked after with their best interests at heart. Overall I think that most Christians believe that euthanasia is wrong, but some believe that it is up to the person and their best interests must be primarily taken into account. ...read more.

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