Essay on A Christian's Arguments For or Against Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is the act of bringing about the easy and gentle death, usually someone who is terminally ill or in great pain, which is why some recognise euthanasia as 'mercy killing'. There are many types of euthanasia: Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the person concerned is no longer in a condition where they can make a decision for themselves, and that their death can be caused by their relatives or medical experts. Active or voluntary euthanasia is when the person concerned asks someone else to help them to die. Passive Euthanasia is when a person is allowed to die for example the life support system is withdrawn.

There is much evidence from the Bible that disapprove euthanasia. In
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Because all men were created in the image of God (Gen1: 26), the disabled and the weak shouldn't be pushed from society. In addition, from the Bible you can clearly see that Jesus goes to the ones that are physically or mentally weak and therefore the elderly should be helped to live a normal life.

Some Christians regard active euthanasia as murder, and the Roman Catholics regard euthanasia as ' a grave violation of the law of God' because it breaks the rule:' You shall not kill' (Exodus 20:30). Some Christians would disagree with active euthanasia but support the idea of dying with dignity, by setting up hospices like St. Christopher's hospice. The Golden rule states, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you', therefore when someone is in pain, one should obtain help to restore the ill person's life and let them enjoy life.

Some Christians would say that suffering is part of life and it shouldn't be 'dodged' by ending a person's life. In Romans 8:18, 'I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us', here it says that suffering can be endured because even if they die from this suffering, they will always join Jesus Christ and rejoice with God. Some Christians would say that in our old age we should be ready and equipped for the suffering that we will
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