Euthanasia and Religious Beliefs

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Euthanasia is a popular debate among our society today. It raises major concerns in terms of morals and ethics. Some may argue that euthanasia is morally wrong, while others think as human beings; we have the right to self-determination and should be able to choose our own fate. Growing up in a Catholic family and being raised as a true believer of God, I think that euthanasia causes an ethical dilemma. The role of religion, plays a major part when it comes to end of life issues. Each life is one of dignity and self-worth. Each religion has a different viewpoint on this topic. Passive vs. active euthanasia differs from each other for various reasons. Active is when a medical professional, or another person purposely does something to make the patient die, while passive is when a medical professional doesn’t take the necessary steps to keep the person alive. For example, disconnecting a feeding tube or not giving the patient life extending drugs. Roman Catholics as well as Eastern Orthodoxy oppose both passive and active euthanasia because they believe that it intervenes with God plan for the soul (Traina, Christina). As for the Muslim religion, they believe that human suffering is for a divine purpose in which this case; they also oppose euthanasia (Traina, Christina). The Protestant religion takes many views on this topic. There are the conservative Protestants, moderate Protestants and liberal Protestants. Each one of these differs from the other.

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