Many Christians have problems accepting euthanasia as they believe that god is the only one who should decide when people die. Christians believe that god gave man” dominion over every living thing” (genesis 1:28) this means that humans have a responsibility to use gods gifts to the full. By being euthanized, this contradicts many statements in the bible and people think that euthanasia gives humans the ability to play the role of god. Many Christians view euthanasia as murder and murder is outlawed in the sixth commandment. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 teaches Christians that everyone’s body is a temple for god, “it is a temple for those who have asked god into their lives”. According to Christian teaching everyone is precious in god’s eyes, and therefore should be precious in human’s eyes.
It is very hard for a Christian to support euthanasia whenever the bible and religious leaders condemn euthanasia. Due to the recent debate on euthanasia, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales both warned life should be protected. If the leaders of Christianity condemn euthanasia, Christians will condemn it also. Christians have problems with euthanasia as it will give doctors the permission to kill people, and even though the patients say they want to be euthanized, inside they might have the want to live. They might only want to be euthanized, as they feel that they have become a burden on their family, or the patient may not be able to speak and the doctor may make the decision against the patients will.
Many people make a big deal over the law of euthanasia, whenever, if euthanasia was made legal, it is estimated that only 650 people would avail of the service each year. 36000 people die of flu each year. So if you put the number of people who will be euthanized into proportion, euthanasia will only affect a very small number of people. Euthanasia does not only affect the person dieing, it also affects their families and friends. However, in 1992, when a doctor gave a patient an overdose, as the patient was pleading to die, the patient’s family supported the doctor throughout the trial. This shows that families who have someone who wants to be euthanized agree with the procedure. I do not see any logic continuing treatment to a patient when it is hopeless, as this will just prolong life, which contradicts the bible. Surely this should be illegal if euthanasia is?