As soon as the life is terminated, this possibility is removed and any remnants of optimism and hop... ... middle of paper ... ...life will eventually be devalued as VAE leads society down a slippery slope. I believe therefore, that the validity of the slippery slope argument is confirmed in the sense that sufficient evidence is lacking to provide voluntary active euthanasia an escape from it. Works Cited Beauchamp, T. 1999, ‘The Beginning and End of Life’ in Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, eds Walters, L. & Beauchamp, T., Wadsworth, Belmont CA, pp. 94-98. Berk, LE 1998, ‘Death, Dying and Bereavement’ in Development Through the Lifespan, 3rd edn, Pearson Education Inc., Boston, MA, pp.
Christian Beliefs on Euthanasia 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.
According to the first perspective, it is unethical insofar as it interferes with God’s wishes that a person die. In relation to the second, the unethical aspect emerges from the fact that many doctors are no longer fulfilling their professional duty to reduce suffering but are, in reality, prolonging and intensifying it. Thus, to support passive euthanasia means supporting traditional religious and medical ethics. That is, the simple right to a natural and humane death, with as little extension of suffering as possible.
The slippery slope argument claims that if an action, such as euthanasia, were to be permitted, then society will be led down the slippery slope, or be permitting other actions that are morally wrong, “in general form, it means that if we allow something relatively harmless today, we may start a trend that results in something currently unthinkable becoming accepted” (“Anti-euthanasia”). The House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics concluded it is virtually impossible to ensure that all acts of euthanasia are truly voluntary. The idea that patients should have the right to decide when to end their life would impose on the doctors a duty to kill, thus... ... middle of paper ... ...not possible. It includes compassion and support for family and friends. It affirms life and regards death as a normal process, neither hastening nor postponing death, but providing relief from suffering” (“Anti-euthanasia”).
Many Christians view being alive as an honor and a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As long as you have breath, God has a distinct purpose for you. The bible doesn’t blatantly say rather or not a person will go immediately to hell if they kill themselves. However, it does say the only sins a person could commit that would undoubtedly send them to hell are rejecting Christ (Mark 16:16) and blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28). Nonetheless, it’s evident that committing suicide is outside of God’s will for his people as a whole.
An example of this would be a doctor not supplying his patient with drugs that would save his life, and as a result the patient’s life is shortened. I will set, discuss, and finally evaluate a debate about Voluntary Euthanasia using contexts from both the Roman Catholic Church, and the Church of England. Some of the key influences I will refer to are Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Doctrine of Double Effect, The Golden Rule, Church documents, and the Bible. Ignoring all religious views, an argument for Voluntary Euthanasia performed by someone other than the patient, is that it is simply ‘mercy killing’. This would, under general Christian views, be just because it was an act of love, and after all that is what Christianity revolves around.
In this paper, I argue that euthanasia is wrong by responding to the claims implied in other terms which euthanasia is expressed exchangeably and understood by and large; ‘mercy killing’, ‘dying with dignity’, ‘good death’, and ‘doctor assisted suicide’. Mercy killing The term of ‘mercy killing’ sounds very contradictory. Mercy, by definition, is a kind or forgiving attitude toward somebody that you have the power to harm or right to punish. As a trait exhibited by generous people, mercy is considered to be a virtue which we ought to pursue. On the other hand, killing, taking the life of other or oneself, is thought to be almost always wrong, and is condemned universally in most cases.
Then there is the second kind of suicide, which is “Justifiable Suicide”. I put that in quotes because as a Christian we do not believe in suicide and feel that no suicide is justifiable! This kind of suicide is rational and planned self-deliverance from painful and hopeless disease which will shortly end in death. This is by no way acceptable, for one there is no rational way of suicide and there is no justifiable reason to end your or someone else’s life. Even if a hopelessly ill person is requesting assistance in dying for the most compassionate reasons, and the helper is acting from the most noble motives, it remains a crime in the Anglo-American world.
The Greeks and Romans believed that it was important to die a “good death”, which refers to a clear and calm psychological state of mind (Hamel, 16). Therefore, “it was the physicians role to support the patient in the dying process and to help ensure for him or her a good death” (Hamel, 20). According to ancient societies, euthanasia was an approved custom. But, “with the rise of orga... ... middle of paper ... ... plea to the physician was, “Whose life is it, anyway?” (Religious Tolerance,1). Physicians should not be prohibited by law from lending their professional assistance to those competent, terminally ill persons for whom no cure is possible and who wish for an easy death.
It is believed that people can be blessed if they endure their misery." Islam has a similar belief of the Christian faith. They believe assisted suicide is an account of murder. In some countries, the patient who committed suicide, and the physician, or doctor that assisted the patient, should both go to hell. "We don't own ourselves, we are entrusted to God and the taking of life is the right of the one who give it."