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R.s Coursework: Euthanasia Title 2 (i) What is Euthanasia? Euthanasia is the practice of medically-assisting death. It is illegal in most countries. Euthanasia comes from 2 Greek words:"eu", meaning good and "thanatos meaning death. In some ways, euthanasia is related to suicide, because it's choosing how and when to end a human life. The difference between euthanasia and suicide is that euthanasia involves more than one person. Euthanasia is a controversial subject, not only because there are many different moral dilemmas associated with it, but also in what constitutes its definition. At the extreme ends of disagreement, advocates say euthanasia, also known as physician aid in dying, or physician assisted suicide, is a merciful method of death. At the other end are opponents of euthanasia, who may consider this method as a form of murder. Euthanasia can be conducted in various ways. In order to distinguish certain methods, more specific terminology may be used when discussing euthanasia. There are four types of euthanasia: Voluntary- is when someone chooses to ask for the end of his or her own life, but is incapable of committing suicide without help. ...read more.


It is a process of killing someone basically, where in the bible it says, "Thou shall not kill". Regarding what the Christian perspective is to euthanasia, some Christians may put their beliefs about euthanasia into action by the following. In order to rid the world of euthanasia Christians may ask the law of Euthanasia to change. If this law is to be acknowledged by the MP and all the people high enough then the law of banning euthanasia would flourish throughout the word. Therefore places such as Holland, and Switzerland who approve of euthanasia would follow in this trend, and finally see that it is a sin to kill. Secondly Christians could lobby parliament. This would be a good idea to stop euthanasia now and forever. Christians should also be part of the hospice movement .The word hospice has been in use for a very long time, in the medieval times it meant a place run by the Church where anyone could go for care, whether they were travelers , sick ,elderly or terminally ill but these days hospices are for who need help. ...read more.


are the same reasons Hitler and Stalin used to justify their acts of murder. As Catholics we believe the teachings of Colossians 1:24, Where Paul wrote "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body." This passage basically means that you should rejoice in suffering as Christ did. Roman Catholics are against Euthanasia. They are so opposed to the idea that the Church even spends lots of money on trying to stop Euthanasia. We believe that no one can permit the killing of an innocent human being. We also believe that no body is permitted to ask for the act of Euthanasia as this is a violation of the divine law, a crime against life and an attack on humanity. We believe in the teachings of bible which is shown in the following statement, which was made by Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, May 5, 1980 'According to Christian teaching, however, suffering, especially suffering during the last moments of life, has a special place in God's saving plan; it is in fact a sharing in Christ's passion [sufferings] and a union with the redeeming sacrifice which He offered in obedience to the Father's will'. . By Adonis Akra ...read more.

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