Describe The Christian Teaching On The Sanctity Of Life In Relation To Euthanasia

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Daniel Lovegrove                                                                                                             R.E.

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Religion And Medical Ethics

Section One: Describe The Christian Teaching On The Sanctity Of Life In Relation To Euthanasia

 Not all Christians think the same about euthanasia

 Some, like the Roman Catholics believe that keeping someone alive on a life support machine is wrong but killing them because they are in pain is even worse they believe that all forms of euthanasia (active and passive, voluntary and involuntary) are against Gods will, but if death is caused by a painkiller such as morphine that was intended to help, then Roman Catholics have no objection to it. This is called double effect.

 Other Christians say that all forms of euthanasia are wrong including double effect as this is caused by humans and it is written in the bible that God said to Jeremiah “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5) and this means that God has a plan for everyone and euthanasia may not be part of the plan. As God gave us life “God made man in his own image” (Genesis 1:27) it is only Him who can take it away from us “the lord gave and has taken away” (Job 1:21) these Christians agree with the law and present these arguments for their anti-euthanasia policy:

 People don’t always know what is best for them and if they are distressed by their disease they could make a wrong decision or could change their mind and not be able to tell their doctors about it.

 Many people recover after doctors have said they are terminally ill and if they have said they want to be killed then, obviously, there can be no recovery.

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 Elderly people often feel they are a burden on their loved ones and so may decide that it would be best for all involved if their life was ended when really they want to live on and on until their natural time to go arrives.

 Euthanasia takes away the value, and the sanctity, of life and so people may start to feel as if life is a thing that can be easily disposed of which could lead to a huge death rate, and the doctor / patient relationship could be destroyed as in the Hippocratic oath it says doctors should ...

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