Christians who support euthanasia would argue that Jesus would have condoned it. They believe this to be the case as Jesus showed compassion and didn't want people to suffer. They say that euthanasia is compassion as is it is kinder to let someone go than to keep them alive and prolong their misery. The Bible does not mention euthanasia so there is no definitive Biblical teaching, but it is very hard to believe that Jesus would rather make someone's pain last longer than to end it and let them die.
Most Christians however, do refer the Bible when the issue of euthanasia is raised. They look back to the Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill". While they recognise that euthanasia ends suffering, they still regard it as killing someone and unsurprisingly, they do no want to support something that contradicts the Ten Commandments. Christians regard life as sacred and because only God can give life, only God has the authority to take it.
Most Christians do not think euthanasia is right thing to do, because nearly all denominations of Christianity do not support it. The Roman Catholic Church absolutely condemns it and in 1975 The Church of England produced a report "On Dying Well" which opposed euthanasia. The Methodist Church does not promote euthanasia either, but it is debatable as to whether Christians should follow the beliefs of their church. Euthanasia was not an issue at the time of Jesus so consequently he did not teach about it. Different denominational beliefs about euthanasia have arisen from the leaders and is therefore very much a matter of opinion-as the Bible does not refer to it Christianity as a whole cannot say whether it is religiously wrong or right.
Even though a patient has requested euthanasia he or she may be feeling better or may have changed their mind. Controversy can arise if a patient decides they want euthanasia when they are drugged and is not in a fit state of mind to make logical decisions that they would have regretted. Some say euthanasia should not be carried out, as it doesn't allow time for doctors' mistakes to arise, or for Miracles to happen, as many believe that prayer can often save people.
Some think nature should take its course and that people should die when they are meant to, and not prematurely. They think that caring for sick people teaches compassion and patience. They also believe that by helping others they are helping Jesus. By caring for the sick they are doing what Jesus told them to in the parables such as the God Samaritan. A small minority of Christians believe that suffering is what God intended and we should accept it. These Christians think that enduring pain bring you closer to God and strengthens faith.
Many Christians and non-Christians oppose euthanasia on the grounds that it could lead to much worse things. It is a possibility that doctors will become so used to killing that they wouldn't give a second thought to killing slightly deformed or handicapped babies. It could even reach the stage when paramedics kill people because they think they might die before they reach hospital. Many say euthanasia is just one step away from the Nazis' programme.
In my opinion euthanasia should be allowed. I think it is immoral to keep someone alive against their will and to prolong their suffering. We have no right to decide what to do with other peoples' lives-it is up to the individual and we have to respect their wishes. However, after considering the arguments for and against, euthanasia should not go ahead without strict official procedures. If in a hospital someone requests to die an official governing body including the patient's doctor especially designed to deal with such cases should decide whether the patient should die or not. They should take into account the patient's condition and the wishes of the family. For euthanasia to go ahead there must be a majority vote and obviously this procedure should carried out as quickly as possible. This seems like a big fuss over letting someone die, but it ensures that is what the patient wants and it also does not let the doctors decide on his or her own which ensures that do not have too much power over their patients.