Euthanasia Essay example

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Euthanasia The word euthanasia comes from the Greek: 'eu'- meaning well and 'thanatos' meaning death, therefore euthanasia literally means 'to die well'. It is now often understood as causing death to happen, usually because of the pain and suffering of the individual. There are three types of euthanasia: Voluntary euthanasia, when a person asks to die before or during illness. Nonvoluntary euthanasia, which occurs when a patient is in a coma or not in a proper state to make the decision for themselves, this usually means the decision of relatives and doctors to stop drip feeding a patient or giving them drugs that they need to live. Involuntary, …show more content…
Although this verse seems quite straight forward it is not, as with Exodus 20:13 which is translated in 'The Good News Bible' as 'do not commit murder' but by others as 'Do not kill'. What is meant by 'kill' in this commandment? Is it meant to mean murder which euthanasia is not or does it mean that killing fellow humans is wrong under any circumstance? Many wars have been fought because of God even though the Bible states that war is wrong. So surely killing people because they are in serious pain and want to die is better than killing people because they are in, what someone believes to be, the wrong place.

Deuteronomy 32:29:

'I, and I alone, am God;

no other god is real.

I kill and I give life, I wound and I heal,

And no one can oppose what I do.

This is a part of a song recited by Moses and Joshua 'so that the people of Israel could hear it'. Once again God is making it clear that life is god given but in this passage he says that 'I heal'. Is it meant that God heals through man? Or does it mean that we have no right to tamper with life even if we are endeavouring to save it? This would support passive voluntary euthanasia. Surely keeping a person alive by extraordinary means is just as wrong in accordance with this passage as euthanasia. Christian doctors might argue that

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