Beliefs of Different Religions About Euthanasia

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Beliefs of Different Religions About Euthanasia

For this essay I have decided to study the two religions Christianity and Buddhism. Buddhism has no major denominations, unlike Christianity, which has many denominations around the globe. However, I am only going to focus on Christianity as a whole, quoting teachings from the Bible (Old and New Testament), and then referring to the two major denominations of Anglican and Roman Catholic when their points on euthanasia are absolute. I have chosen those particular denominations of Christianity because Anglican represents Christianity as a whole, a basis, and Catholicism has some very strict rules that cannot be ignored.

Firstly, I shall explain
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Christians also believe that we are all equal as human beings. Therefore someone who is paralysed in a wheelchair, unable to do anything for themselves and barely conscious has the same social equality of someone who is perfectly normal. This is because God is benevolent (all-loving) and so can love everyone the same, regardless of their physical being. So to perform euthanasia on someone in a vegetative state would be morally similar to performing it on a normal human, simply because human lives are valued by God. Apart from valuing each other's lives, Christians are morally against euthanasia because they are against killing. "Do not kill" states one of the Ten Commandments, and by committing euthanasia would violate this rule.

"Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person." Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae, 1995. This is a quote using by Roman Catholics, demonstrating their absolute morals on killing. They believe it is completely unacceptable to kill anyone else, because God said that it was wrong to. Even when Anglicans may be persuaded that euthanasia is the best option for a person, out of love and compassion for a human, Catholics will not be convinced. They believe that killing of any kind is wrong, no matter what the
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