Questions will always be present in an attempt to reason if euthanizing a person is an act of mercy or murder, and what situations fall under murder or mercy. The Christian worldview believes that suffering in life is a necessity much like God suffered for humanity’s sins through his human form of Jesus Christ who was crucified to pay ransom for man’s wrongs. Christian’s also believe that God has a plan for humanity despite the suffering that they must face. Euthanasia should not be used in Joni’s case because she is not facing a terminal illness. The family needs to reach out to local church members and pastors to help form a positive relationship in aid of reversing the negative thoughts.
We are a couple and we are a whole. The role of Maria would remind me my spiritual belief and encourage my spirit that I do not do any wrong to lead the fetal abnormality. The final decision would depend on my husband, relevant significant persons and me. I would like to communicate with all my significant people then make the vital conclusion. As a Christian and health care provider, my moral status is between religion, medicine, and science.
To give "dignity" to the dying is to always respect them as human persons with an eternal destiny, not to push for the option to kill them. A Christian, moreover, knows that suffering is not meaningless. It was by his suffering and cross that Christ redeemed the world. A Christian joins his/her suffering to Christ's, and has a part to play in saving the world as well. One of the leading advocates of euthanasia, Derek Humphrey, writes, "The 1990's is the decade when the issue of voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill will be decided" (Dying 19)Christians must become more informed on this issue, and speak and act so that the issue is not only decided, but decided rightly.
Euthanasia is the active ending of an individual’s life to help prevent that individual from having to suffer and relieve them from their pain. Euthanasia is a popular debate among our society today. It raises major concerns in terms of morals and ethics. Some may argue that euthanasia is morally wrong, while others think as human beings; we have the right to self-determination and should be able to choose our own fate. Growing up in a Catholic family and being raised as a true believer of God, I think that euthanasia causes an ethical dilemma.
The public and medical community remain deeply divided on this issue, citing moral, ethical, or legal issues. Advocates state that the terminally ill who are deemed medically competent have a basic right of autonomy; that is, they themselves decide when and how they will die. Opponents state that it is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath to knowingly provide the terminally ill lethal doses of medications, or write prescriptions for medications that will certainly end their lives. These are questions that cannot easily be answered. This paper will discuss some of the ethical, moral and religious issues surrounding this subject, as well as some ways to resolve the controversy.
How Christians Put Their Beliefs Into Action There are a number of things we can do as Christians against euthanasia. As Christians we must believe in the sanctity of life and that our lives is God's and we shouldn't take it. This section shows how we can act against euthanasia. Learn what the Bible says about the issue of euthanasia. Learn relevant teachings concerning the issue so that in the event of a discussion on this subject you can easily give biblical evidence.
Unfortunately, courts and moral theorists ha long accepted the proposition that people have the right to refuse medical treatment they find painful or difficult to bear, even if that refusal means certain death. (Walter 176) A growing concern over medical costs questions family’s ability to make rational decisions as responsible caregivers. The cost of a dose of barbiturates and curare and the few hours in a hospital bed that it takes them to act is minute compared to the massive bills incurred by many patients in the last weeks and months of their lives. Legalizing euthanasia would render substantial monetary resources that could be used by the families or by the healthcare provider for more practical treatments. (Friedman 116) Permitting money to influence human life is overtly immoral, but nevertheless pressures the acceptance of euthanasia.
Euthanasia, the act of relieving the prolonged pain and suffering of terminally ill patients by inducing death, has been the subject of controversy for sometime. Dying with dignity, the kind of end we hope for ourselves as well as others, has in some ways become more difficult. With the advancements in medicine having leaped forward within the last 20 years, prolonging life by means of technology has become common place in the medical community. These life-sustaining advances in treatments have brought up moral issues of whether it is the right of an individual to suppress his or her own life-sustaining treatment if they so desire. Our society has become a youth-worshipping society.
This conflict is old, but to be specific, this conflict between people of faith and the scientific community, is centered on prayer, and the use of prayer as a supplement to, or as a replacement for, medical treatment. Should prayer be used as the only means of healing? Should people that keep their children from medical assistance, resulting in the worsening of their condition, be punished? Are parents that do the things mentioned above, in fact, making martyrs for faith out of their children? As research on this topic is done and new facts are found eyes are opened to things such as these, and the conflict is becoming more and more prevalent and urgent.
A God complex is when a doctor believes that he has the power to save a person’s life when God might intend that person to die. The doctor then plays God by trying to undermine the plan that God has created for the patient. Many battles are fought in our society today over who actually controls our destiny. Although euthanasia is not a new concept, it is receiving more attention today. The main advisory for euthanasia is the same one as it was from the start of euthanasia.