Christians' Response to the Issue of Euthanasia

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Christians' Response to the Issue 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 animals and able to make choices about our lives we have the right to use them and some Christians would use the idea of free will to support euthanasia. Finally some Christians may also make decisions on issues such as euthanasia from being influenced by society around them. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ain and spiritual pain - looking at the patient as a whole person." Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement. From this Some Christians would say that the hospice is the most loving place for somebody with a terminal illness to be because it takes care of the whole person and prepares the patient and family for the death whereas in euthanasia they might say, no respect is given to the patient and no compassion is given but they are instead made to seem disposable. Therefore a Christian who opposed euthanasia could respond to the to the question of euthanasia by suggesting the hospice. In conclusive, it can be seen that there are many different views in Christianity about euthanasia and many ways in which a Christian can respond to euthanasia even though euthanasia is not mentioned in the Bible.
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