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  1. What is euthanasia?

    Does the choice to kill someone mean that we are taking God's role - 'playing God'? Christians genuinely believe that euthanasia is the same as abortion or any other means of killing; they believe that human life is sacred and therefore valuable because God knows each person individually, even before they are born and has a plan for their life - Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16. Euthanasia is a very controversial issue about which many people, especially Christians, feel strongly. They believe that people who are suffering should not opt for death but work through prayer and practical solutions in order to alleviate their pain.

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  2. Sanctity Of Life

    Our beliefs in the value of life influenced by the church also affect the way we see euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act of bringing about the easy and gentle death of a person, usually someone who is terminally ill or in great pain. For this reason it is often called 'mercy killing' There are two types of euthanasia. Voluntary or active euthanasia is when the person concerned asked someone else to help them die. They may persuade another person to assist them to die or they may refuse the medical treatment necessary to keep them alive. Passive euthanasia is when the person concerned is no longer in a condition where they can make a decision for themselves.

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

    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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  4. Also connected to issues involved in abortion and the sacredness of life is euthanasia. Our beliefs in the value of life influenced by the church also affect the way we see euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act of bringing

    The Roman Catholic Church says that the use of contraception is against natural law. It is natural that conception may happen with s****l intercourse and therefore this should be prevented. Abortion is an operation carried out to remove the growing foetus from its Mothers womb so that it can be destroyed. In the UK abortion has been legal since 1967, when the law about abortion was passed in parliament. The abortion act said that a person should not be guilty of the unlawful ending of a pregnancy if: The operation is carried out by a registered doctor and in a registered hospital.

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  5. What is meant by euthanasia?

    In the United Kingdom it is illegal to perform euthanasia but in other places like Holland it is allowed. When we speak about euthanasia we usually talk about it being voluntary. Many people in the United Kingdom would like to see euthanasia legalised but in my opinion since there are many reasons against it i believe that it will remain illegal for longer. I intend to investigate the legalisation of euthanasia. I plan to look at the reasons for and against the leagalisation of it and finaly give my opinion on the matter. People would like to see euthanasia legalised as it should be up to the person involved i they do or do not want to live.

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  6. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility of those at the beginning and end of their life Christians believe human life to be important because of the teaching of the "sanctity of life

    Christians have noticed the more defenceless and vulnerable that people are the less they are valued by society. The most vulnerable people in society are terminally ill patients and unborn children. This is because of the increasing amounts of abortions and cases of voluntary euthanasia. Abortion is when a pregnancy is terminated and the baby is killed. This procedure is aloud to be preformed within 24 weeks of the child being conceived. In Corinthians 6:18-20 it says god is inside you so there for you should honour god with your body.

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  7. The belief regarding the sanctity of life means that our lives are very precious and of immense significance. I am going to research two religions Islam and Judaism and examine what their views are on the facts of euthanasia.

    Islam simply states that euthanasia is forbidden whatever the circumstance may be. As life is sacred and that people are forbidden to kill or harm themselves in anyway. "Nor kill or destroy yourselves, for verily Allah hath been Most Merciful." Qur'an 4: 29 In the above quotation God explains to us in the Qur'an that euthanasia is not allowed as we do not own our body as it belongs to God and so we should not abuse it. The Holy Prophet (s)

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  8. Explain what Christians believe about the Sanctity of life and especially their responsibility for those at the beginning and those at the end of life. Use Bible passages and Christian teaching to support your answer.

    Christianity teaches that all life comes from God: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.

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  9. Should Euthanasia be legalised in the UK? One of the biggest controversies in the UK today is Euthanasia

    Different countries have different views on Euthanasia, for example Australia and Holland have legalised Euthanasia, whereas Canada and the UK have banned it calling it murder and manslaughter! People suffering from a painful, incurable diseases sometimes wish to commit suicide but don't actually have the physical strength or means to do so. Sufferers should have the right to choose a painless and dignified exit, either at the time or beforehand in a 'living will'. A living will is a big part in legal aspects of Euthanasia.

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  10. How does the playwright Brian Clark present the conflict between Ken Harrison and his doctors whose life is it anyway? The play whose life is it anyway by Brian Clark

    Emerson in a court of law, and also sees it as doing a favor for Dr. Emerson, no matter what he finds whilst talking to Ken. In order to make the play more dramatic the debate further Brian Clark uses a dramatic point. The point is that before Ken suffered his accident he was happy and wanted to go on living, but at that time people listened to him and he could have argued a point and people would have listened to it.

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  11. Arguments Against Euthanasia

    An article in the journal, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, described assisted suicide guidelines for those with a hopeless condition. "Hopeless condition" was defined to include terminal illness, severe physical or psychological pain, physical or mental debilitation or deterioration, or a quality of life that is no longer acceptable to the individual. That means just about anybody who has a suicidal impulse . 2. Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment "...physician-assisted suicide, if it became widespread, could become a profit-enhancing tool for big HMOs.

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  12. Should we have the right to take our own life? Examine the main issues of the debate. Introduction Talk of suicide and euthanasia has long been the focus of media attention

    Findings The sixth commandment declares 'Thou shalt not kill' (Ex 20:13; Dt 5:17) and many Christians believe there is no recognition of a 'right to die' as human life belongs to God (Ps 24:1) and is therefore not any human being's personal possession. But it's even more important to realise that euthanasia and suicide is not just religious issues or debate. The debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide is about public policy and the law. In an ideal world we would be able to make our own decisions.

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  13. Euthanasia Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit

    Lord Joffe's bill would introduce new drugs which doctors could prescribe to patients suffering from terminal illness. Exit strongly back this debate, and are continually protesting for the law to be changed. Exit worked closely with Diane Pretty in her long battle with parliament to be euthanized. She suffered from motor neuron disease, and wanted to die with dignity. With help from exit, The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg heard Diane's appeal and permitted her to be euthanized. This is only one case exit worked with, and they want to continue helping people suffering from terminal illness to die the way they want.

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  14. Euthanasia - the right to take a life

    For instance, if a person was being kept alive by a life support machine, to remove it would be to let them die as chances of a healthy revival are often low. This is an acceptable form of euthanasia in this country. Still many people believe this should not be the case, as a person should be kept alive at all costs. Involuntary euthanasia is to take another persons life against their wish. This is classed as murder and is illegal worldwide.

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  15. 'Abortion and Euthanasia' - Faced with the issues you have chosen, explain different ways Christians might respond

    They believe that an abortion is an evil which should be avoided. They believe it is justifiable if there were a risk to the mother's mental or physical health or the child would become handicapped. Or if the family is living in poverty and their social conditions are bad that is another justifiable reason for an abortion in the Methodist Church. One organisation that deals with this, are the 'Christians for Free Choice.' Christians for Free Choice believe that the matter should be left for the woman to decide and her conscience is a guide form God as what option to take.

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  16. Comparison of Islam and Judaism regarding Euthanasia

    All religions teach us that life is sacred, it is a gift from God therefore we should protect it. Euthanasia involves the taking of life so it goes against the teachings of religions. Even if one is about to die and are in a lot of pain, all religions teach us that they should be looked after in the best possible manner. Euthanasia should not be an option. "Do not kill (or destroy) yourselves, for verily Allah has been to you most merciful" (Qur'an 4:29) From the above quote we can see that Islam quite clearly states that we should not take our lives or anyone else's.

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  17. The novel "Finding Grace", by Alyssa Brugman is the story of a brain damaged woman named Grace

    All copies of the novel, 'Finding Grace' have been stolen, (Holds up novel) except for this one. But why, you ask, would anyone want to steal this book? Let me tell you. The novel "Finding Grace", by Alyssa Brugman is the story of a brain damaged woman named Grace and her path to recovery. The novel is viewed through the perspective of Grace's new carer, a teenage girl named Rachel. This representation of Rachel contributes to the foregrounding of certain attitudes, values and beliefs which construct the dominant discourse of Disablement which is evident throughout the novel.

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  18. Explain how Christians apply these beliefs to Abortion and Euthanasia, showing you understand different points of view.

    When I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there, you saw me before I was born'. (Psalm 139:13) There is something also known as the double effect, whereby if the mother has cancer in the womb and needs to remove it in order to keep the mother alive and the baby dies as a result of it. Many of the churches accept this as not being a direct abortion, as it was not intended, it only happened as a result of keeping the mother alive and it is for the right cause.

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  19. Discussing Euthanasia, more commonly known as mercy killing.

    They also argue that with the proper care and attention terminally ill patients can be helped to `die with dignity`. In this country there are over 150 hospices that care for people with conditions such as cancer and AIDS. Teams of nurses, highly skilled in pain relief, staff these hospices. They help the patient both physically and psychologically; hospices can even cure people who were originally thought to be incurable. In fact up to two-thirds of patients leave hospices alive.

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  20. What is meant by euthanasia?

    Quite often qualities are attributed to the concept of life that gives it an esoteric meaning, for example that life should be equated with a decent existence or one associated with consciousness and on this basis conclusions are drawn. It is however emphasized that the jurist must inevitably follow a more sober, certain and accordingly more clinical approach-just like the medical scientist. Since 1980 there has been a broad agreement by the medical profession that brain death equals death, that irrespective of whether other criteria apply, death definitely sets in when the brainstem ceases to function.

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  21. Euthanasia should be legalised in Queensland under very strict conditions - Discuss.

    The everlasting legal and social dispute of introducing euthanasia to Australian states has been accompanied by a number of events, which have become landmarks for both the pro euthanasia movement and their opposing parties. 3.0 Euthanasia (general outline) Euthanasia comes from two Greek words meaning 'pleasant death'. It is also commonly referred to as mercy killing and includes accelerating a person's death for some idea of goodness (www.euthanasia.com). This topic includes three different practices, actively causing death, aiding suicide and not interfering with suicide (http://www.fact-index.com).

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  22. Abortion and Euthanasia

    They are also used to limit the number of children in order not to damage living standards. The various Christian churches have different views on contraception. The Roman Catholic Church says that the use of contraception is against natural law. It is natural that conception may happen with s****l intercourse and therefore this should be prevented. Abortion is an operation carried out to remove the growing foetus from its Mothers womb so that it can be destroyed. In the UK abortion has been legal since 1967, when the law about abortion was passed in parliament.

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  23. Christians and Euthanasia

    Our attitude to euthanasia, then, must be drawn from the teaching of the bible as a whole. Some argue that to end a person's suffering by helping them to die is consistent with Jesus' teaching on love and mercy. Yet the prohibition on the taking of human life runs through both Old and New Testaments. Only in the case of serious crime or war is an exception made. As Christians, our attitude to our own suffering is likely to be different to that of non-Christians. We worship a Lord who was willing to suffer and die on our behalf.

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  24. What is meant by euthanasia?

    However, some patients, who wish to commit suicide as they choose Euthanasia, are mentally unable to commit suicide for whom PAS (Physician assisted suicide) is legal in the Oregon state of the United States and Netherlands3. According to religious studies, most of the religions would say only God must give and take away the lives of human beings, but human beings do not have the right to end their lives by themselves. The point of this essay is to support Euthanasia as it is the right to die.

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  25. What Is Euthanasia?

    This is to reduce the amount of pain experienced. Currently in the United Kingdom, all forms of euthanasia are illegal. However, in Holland it is legal, nevertheless, you have to follow there strict regulations and take many meetings with doctors, specialists and witnesses before they can even consider euthanasia. Although this seems like hard work, many people still travel to Holland so they can obtain euthanasia. An example of euthanasia that is recent is the story of Jos´┐Ż. She lived in the Netherlands, she was 30 years old, and she wanted to obtain euthanasia because of her problems, by asking a doctor to end her life.

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