It Is a Mistake to Reject Religious Principles in Favour of Secular/Ethical Principles for Guidance in Medical Ethics

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“It is a mistake to reject religious principles in favour of secular/ethical principles for guidance in medical ethics”
A religion such as Christianity has rules and guidelines that are made by the Church using teachings and bible scriptures so that Christians can live a moral life to achieve an afterlife. An example of this is the Ten Commandments that was given to Moses which contain laws such as ‘thy shall not steal’ and ‘thy shall not kill’. These laws were giving to Moses so that people would do the right and good things. Secular principles such as Utilitarianism and laws made by the government for non-religious people to use as guidance to outline the right and wrong. Within this essay, I will examine how religion is a part of the
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To summarise the four principles are seen to be secular but with depth they are parallel to scriptures in the bible and religious beliefs. However, medical professionals sometimes need to make decisions for the patient which may not fit the religious criteria, for example if two patients needed the same treatment but only one medical professional was there to perform the procedure the doctor performing would have to decide which patient should have it. This reject religious principles because God gave us life, he should be the only one to have the authority to take away our life.
Need is another guidance when it comes to rationing and prioritising of how medical treatment is used and allocated. Need is commonly defined through the use of the term ‘clinical need’. Clinical need is the degree of immediate threat if life, the individual’s immediate degree of ill health, a lifetime of ill health and the potential to benefit from healthcare. We cannot always respect people’s wishes on what treatment they need because the NHS does not have the money to fund the resources since the population is increasing rapidly. Religious principles are rejected when needs are accessed because not everyone can be treated as fairly as each other to receive the same amount of resources. In John 13:34 it says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you, you also are to love one

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