Christian Beliefs about Euthanasia
Euthanasia is the practice of helping people who are seriously ill and
in intolerable pain to die, either at their own request or by others
deciding to take away life support. I will be looking at voluntary
Euthanasia, where a terminally ill person asks for help from a doctor,
relative or a friend to die with dignity. There are other names for
voluntary Euthanasia and these include assisted suicide, mercy
killing, and easy or gentle death.
I will be discussing the beliefs of Christians on the issue of
Euthanasia. In order to do this, I will be looking at the Old
Testament and the New Testament exploring the ...view middle of the document...
’ This shows that we belong to God and therefore, our
lives are equally important to God.
The New Testament includes the two greatest commandments that Jesus
gave. When Jesus was asked by a teacher of the law which commandment
is the most important of all, Jesus replied to him, ‘Love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with your entire
mind, and with all your strength.’ He said that the second most
important commandment is, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’.
Mark 12: 28-34. Loving God includes keeping the Ten Commandments,
including do not kill and by loving our neighbor as ourselves, we
should treat them as we would like to be treated in that situation.
1 Timothy 5:8 says that ‘Anyone who does not look after his own
relations, especially if they are living with him, has rejected the
faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’ This shows that, as
Christians, we have a duty to care for our relatives if they are ill.
Pallatitive care is caring right to the end. Christians have this duty
as they believe that life is sacred and belongs to God.
1 Corinthians 3: 16-17 says that we are a temple of God with the
spirit of God living inside of us. He says that ‘If anyone should
destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God’s
temple is holy; and you are that temple.’ This shows that by
destroying the life of a person, we are destroying God, so we...