Explain the beliefs that Christians of various denominations hold about there responsibility of those at the end of there lives.
Nicholas Carvalho A01 29th January 2004 Explain the beliefs that Christians of various denominations hold about there responsibility of those at the end of there lives. We as Christians believe that god created the world and every thing that lives on it. We believe that because he created it we have not got the right to create or end someone's life. Humans are different from other aspects of life because he gave us free will and he also gave us responsibility to care for ourselves and particularly for those at the end of their lives. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word meaning easy death. It's when you commit a merciful act of helping a person to end their life in a painless way due to a terminal or very painful health condition. Sanctity of life means that life is a gift from god. Only god can decide when a life begins or ends. Any deliberate killing of the innocent without gods authority is wrong, and against the natural law. This extends to the situations where a persons life is ended at there own request. Volentry euthanasia breaks this principle because people do not have the right to choose for themselves. We believe that we are all brothers and sisters in the world. We have the responsibility to care for those at the end of their lives. Although the Catholic Church does not support euthanasia we as Christians have the responsibility to make decisions when a
To pull the plug or not to pull the plug...is that the question? The question of Euthanasia has received increased attention in recent years as the result of the dramatic advances that have been made in medical technology
Pulling the Plug: To pull the plug or not to pull the plug...is that the question? The question of Euthanasia has received increased attention in recent years as the result of the dramatic advances that have been made in medical technology. While the problem itself is an ancient one, rooted in the conflict between the duty to relieve suffering and the duty to preserve human life. Euthanasia has been in society since ancient Greek times, if not before then. Euthanasia is a classical Greek term meaning "easy, happy death" (Wilson, 9). Legalizing Euthanasia, as a whole is not the best decision for our country although in certain situations is justifiable. First of all, one must consider what determines brain death. Secondly, where does society draw the line on what makes a person eligible to consider Euthanasia? Finally, Euthanasia is not something that can be defined easily it has many categories that suit different situations and has different meanings. Lots of people would argue that Legalizing Euthanasia in our country is a decision that bests suits our present society. This argument basically states that all forms of Euthanasia should be accepted. The problem with this type of thinking is that it doesn't consider all the various and controversial parts of Euthanasia. First of all Euthanasia is not just one meaning, it can be broken down into different categories that
Class Essay- "Whose life is it anyway?" is not just a play about a man who has lost the will to live. In the play "Whose life is it anyway?" the man who has lost the will to live is most prominently someone suffering from some form of hindrance. The author Brian Clark puts forward an indefinite idea of uncertainty for the man's future. Throughout the play it continues to make us contemplate on the issues of quality of life, personal choice, authority and relationships. It is for these reasons that the play is more than simply the idea of a man's will of life. A man who had a substantial quality to perform what he lives for would have the urge to live on. However, if he deteriorated to a quadriplegic like Ken (the main character in the play) yet before, experienced a life with all the passion, freedom, love and creation he wanted then what would the effect have on him? After Ken realises he has no chance to survive without dependency on hospitals for the rest of his life he chooses to be discharged. "I will spend most of life in hospital not able to move. As far as I can see, that is a act of deliberate cruelty". "I don't wish to die, nor do I wish to live at any price. Of course I want to live but as far as I am concerned, I'm dead already. I merely require the doctors to recognize the fact. I cannot accept this condition constitutes life in any real sense at all".
Explain how Christians may respond to the question of euthanasia. Euthanasia is currently a highly debated topic for many Christians and in this section of my coursework I will be looking at how Christians may respond to the question of it. However before I explore or begin to explain how a Christian may respond, I need to explore how Christians make their moral decisions. Christians use a number of sources to make decisions or discuss moral issues such as euthanasia. The first of these is the Bible. Although the Bible does not actually mention euthanasia it does teach Christians about the sanctity of life and the values of humanity so a Christian may draw on these teachings as suggested in section A, when discussing euthanasia. A Christian would therefore use these teachings to try and work out how God would want them to live life. Some Christians may also use Church teachings when responding to the question of euthanasia. This is especially true for Roman Catholics who may also look to the Pope and Bishops. Many Christians may also look to Jesus and the example he set to Christians through his life and teachings in the gospels, because the teaching of Jesus lies at the heart of Christian ethics. Also Christians may use their conscience to make decisions, this is the Christian idea of free will and is the belief by some Christians that because God created humans apart from
G.C.S.E Coursework Christian Perspectives Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a person. It is about giving a person an easy and gentle death; someone that is terminally ill would often want to have this type of treatment. Some people think euthanasia is right. Some people believe euthanasia is wrong and it is an act of killing. I am going to talk about euthanasia and determine what I think is right. The word Euthanasia comes from two Greek words: 'Eu' which means good and 'thanatus' that means death, together this phrase means 'a good death'. Euthanasia is about making a choice about how to die. There are different types of euthanasia 'voluntary' and 'involuntary'. Voluntary Euthanasia is when someone gives their consent to end their life. It could be because they are under serious pain and cannot take the pressure anymore. Involuntary Euthanasia is when the people cannot make the decision themselves. A close friend or relative might want to make the decision for them. An example of involuntary euthanasia is if someone was in a coma for an extremely long time and hasn't a very good chance of surviving or a baby that is only a few hours old that is in agony and will die in a matter of days. There are different ways which euthanasia can be carried out ' active' and 'passive' euthanasia; there are two different meanings for passive euthanasia. Active Euthanasia is
Personal Evaluation I feel that euthanasia should be legalized. I believe that everyone has the right to choose how he or she live and die. Not everybody will have an easy death. Some terminal pain cannot be controlled, even with the best of care and the strongest of drugs. Other distressing symptoms, which come with diseases, such as sickness, no mobility, breathlessness and fever cannot always be relieved. A life filled with pain is horrible and it ruins the quality of life. I believe that that no life is better than a life without communication and happiness. I think that the point of life is to find happiness and suffering is surely not achieving this. People should not be left persistent in pain. They should not have to suffer when death is unavoidable. People do have the right to commit suicide, although it is a tragic and individual act. However euthanasia is not suicide. It is not a private act as you have the support of family and friends. I think that Euthanasia is about letting a person support another death to save them from long painful deaths. Many people argue, however, that a person who is terminally ill may make a miraculous recovery - it has happened in the past. This is however, a rare thing. Doctors are dedicated to give care to the sick, and they would nearly always now the likeliness of a recovery. A pro-longed life is intolerable for people
Can Euthanasia be justified? Euthanasia is the act of deliberately causing somebody to die gently and without pain, especially when they are suffering from a painful incurable disease; for the benefit of the person. Most people think unbearable pain is the main reason people seek euthanasia, but some surveys in the USA and the Netherlands showed that less than a third of requests for euthanasia were because of severe pain. There are many problems of knowledge we come across when searching for the truth: How do we know if its right or wrong? Is it morally acceptable? Should it be Legalized? * On what ground does someone make the decision for euthanasia/who makes decision, the individual, the family in some cases, gov or god etc? on what ground - logical, social (religion). - The individual should decide about its life or death if he/she can. He has the right to die in dignity and without pain because it is a human right. Ethically, who should take the decision, people with more 'power' like gov? the reason we don't know who should decide, is because everyone thinks differently (the government thinks strategically, family thinks emotionally, religious through faith etc). Different age groups will also have different viewpoints about the decision,...because they belong to another generation: the government will think in terms of money - It might want to make the
ANALYSE THE WAY IN WHICH A T.V SOAP OPERA HAS DEALT WITH A RELIGIOUS OR MORAL ISSUE BY GURDEEP SIAN For this essay I will be analysing the way in which a television soap opera has dealt with a religious or moral issue. The soap I have chosen for this essay is a soap aired on BBC 1 called 'Eastenders'. The religious issue which was raised in Eastenders was euthanasia which concerned two Christians. Euthanasia is a commonly raised subject in today's society. The law is strongly against euthanasia in most countries but yet people are fighting to change this. Theses are a few useful definitions: o Assisted suicide: providing the person with the means to commit suicide. o Euthanasia: an easy and gentle death. o Voluntary Euthanasia: the situation where someone dying in pain asks a doctor to end his / her life painlessly. o Non voluntary euthanasia: ending someone's life painlessly when they are not able to ask, but you have good reason believing they would want you to do so (e.g. switching off a life support machine). o Not striving to keep alive: the idea that you should not use medication simply to prolong the life of a dying person if the quality of that life is very poor. o Sanctity of life: life is holy and belongs to God. o Suicide: ending your life yourself. A character named Ethel was slowly dying of cancer. Ethel wanted to die with self-esteem. Ethel
My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today to try and persuade you that euthanasia is right and should be made legal in the United Kingdom.
English Speech My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today to try and persuade you that euthanasia is right and should be made legal in the United Kingdom. To start with let me explain what euthanasia is. Euthanasia is described as the act of killing someone painlessly especially to relieve suffering from an incurable disease. A Zogby poll asked: "If you had a disease that was fatal, and was causing great pain and discomfort, which of the following courses of action would you prefer: Physician assisted suicide, wait and let nature take its course, or not sure?" The poll showed that one-in-three Americans, stricken with a painful terminal illness, would prefer assisted suicide to letting nature take its course. In the March poll of 1,031 nationwide, 30.4% of those surveyed would rather have a doctor put a merciful end to their suffering than wait for a natural death. Respondents aged 18-29 and over 65 were less likely to consider assisted suicide than were those aged 30-64. Blacks were far less likely than whites to choose euthanasia over a protracted death by terminal disease. In Holland, Euthanasia has become legal. Doctor-assisted suicide has been tolerated in the Netherlands for decades and the politicians have simply legalised what has been established medical practice. But the doctors are much more advanced in what they are doing than the politicians. A recent
Euthanasia- coursework on Christian belief, ethical philosophers and that of the medical establishment.
Hannah Hawker Religious Studies Euthanasia- coursework on Christian belief, ethical philosophers and that of the medical establishment. 'An acceptance of the practice of euthanasia is incompatible with Christian beliefs in the sanctity of life and, but not with the attitudes of ethical philosophers or some medical establishment' Before I can begin to discuss the statement there are issues that need to be illustrated; that there are no black and white answers. For example, a Christian doctor who has pledged hypocrites oath and believes whole heartedly in the bible may also believe in the human rights of an individual, i.e., the right to death without suffering (remembering that in this country a vet is allowed to put animals out of misery and suffering and provide them with a merciful death, a right under British legislation). Basically there cannot be a simple straightforward answer. There are issues that can only be truly relevant and appropriate to somebody actually going through pain and suffering. How can one claim to know what is right or wrong without experience? I am sure that many would change their outlook on euthanasia if confronted with a long painful death. Hence, one can be sympathetic but not empathic. Euthanasia translates as 'good death' or 'dying well' but what is a 'good' death? One could describe it as a peaceful, painless, lucid with loved ones