"I have carved you on the palm of my hand. Isaiah 49:16" Christians believe that "life is sacred" (Pope Paul V1) and that "Life from its conception must be guarded with the greatest love". Christians believe that human life is so sacred that no one has the right to take this away. Everyone has the right to life even from conception. This is why Christians do not believe that abortion and euthanasia is right.
God gives people life so only god has the right to take it away. Virtually all religions state that those who become vulnerable through illness or disability deserve special care and protection, and that proper end of life care is a much better thing that euthanasia. Pope John Paul the 2nd sees euthanasia as grave violation of the law of god, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. The Catholic Church regards euthanasia as morally wrong. It has always taught the absolute and unchanging value of the commandment '' you shall not kill".
The tension with euthanasia lies between the ethical obligation to diminish suffering, especially in terminally ill patients who settle on a cognizant choice to end their life, and the forbidding against association by doctors and other health experts in the ending of a life. Executing another person is morally degrading because it
Also, man is not the final judge in matters such as life and death, he is only a ‘minister of God’s plan’ (Humanae Vitae, Paul VI). Paul II goes on to explain how human life is ‘sacred and inviolable’. Life is sacred because it is a gift from God and man was created in the image of God. God overlooks our lives from birth to death, and no one else has the right to destroy an innocent human being, especially one as innocent as an unborn child. Man is suppose to be the defender of the innocent, not the destroyer.
God became man so that all of humanity might be saved from the evils of sin and death. There was no other way that we, as humans, could achieve salvation without Him. Repentance was not nearly enough, it did not have the power to “guard the Divine consistency” for if death did not dictate mankind, God might be seen as untruthful, neither could it “recall men from what is according to their nature” (Athanasius 7). The transgression of humans began long ago when Adam and Eve failed to remain obedient to God’s law. With this Original Sin, corruption entered humanity never to leave until God the Father imposed His Word onto us so that we could be saved.
The ethical issue I will be analysing is euthanasia. Euthanasia is the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering. It gives people the option to end their own life (with assistance) if they choose to. In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it, but there are cases called euthanasia where a person can’t make such a request. The controversy behind it is what makes it an ethical issue.
Death is a personal situation and decision in life. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have the power to save lives and by the government interfering and not legalizing it they are interfering and violating patient’s personal freedom and human rights. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should become legal for patients; however, there should be strict rules and guidelines to follow. If suicide isn’t a crime why should euthanasia and assisted suicide?
According to patientsrightscouncil.org, “As one of their major goals, euthanasia proponents seek to have euthanasia and assisted suicide considered ‘medical treatment’. If one accepts the notion that euthanasia or assisted suicide is a good medical treatment, then it would not only be inappropriate, but discriminatory, to deny this good treatment to a person solely because that person is too young or mentally incapacitated to request it. In the United States, a surrogate’s decision is often treated, for legal purposes, as if the patient had made it. That means that, if euthanasia is legal, a court challenge could result in a finding that a surrogate could make a request for death on behalf of a child or an adult who doesn’t have decision-making capacity.”
It is a moral quandary that will continue to be discussed and a deliberated on as long as humankind are free moral agents with personal moral preferences. The question is do we allow our personal preferences to impede the decisions of other individuals? If we have the right to have our set of moral preferences do, other individuals deserve that same entitlement? One area of moral dilemma that requires our attention is regarding euthanasia. Euthanasia is the practice of ending life in order to relieve pain or suffering caused by a terminal illness.
From a Christian perspective, torture should not be used because all of mankind are sinners and some, by the grace of God, know the truth and have received salvation. So if everyone is a sinner, what right does a man have to torture someone who sinned? He has no right whatsoever. Gushee uses Romans 3 to describe how every individual is a sinner and not to be trusted because power will always be misused (Gushee, Pg. 4).