Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

901 WordsMay 23, 20164 Pages
Legalized Murder? Euthanasia allows someone who is suffering from a painful, terminal illness or is comatose to die painlessly. The word “euthanasia” is made up of two Greek words—“eu” means good and “thanatos” means death. Thus, the word “euthanasia” translates to “a good death.” The concept of euthanasia has been around since the 14th century. Even then, it caused much controversy among physicians, lawyers, sociologists and psychologists, making it one of the most complex problems of the modern world. There have long been debates about whether euthanasia is a positive force or a negative one and whether or not it should be legalized. I believe that euthanasia should be illegal for three main reasons: religious concept, ethical questions, and development of medicine. What modern people call “euthanasia” is, in my opinion, still murder. It may be a “mercy killing” but it is still a killing. On top of that, when one person asks another to help them die, it is not only murder but suicide. Furthermore, from a religious perspective, life is in the hands of God and only God can decide when a person dies. Consequently, no person has the right to decide when another person dies. Of the Ten Commandments, the fifth says “Thou shalt not kill.” The process of dying is a spiritual matter. Jesus on the cross chose to suffer until his death, without taking the medicine that would allow him to forget his pain. How long we live is determined by God. Accordingly, people cannot choose

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