CONTROVESY IN MINISTRY PAPER
October 5, 2013
THESIS STATEMENT: Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give
us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.
Introduction: When I see the word euthanasia, my thoughts immediately takes me back to a program I saw on the TLC Network about co-joined siamese twins and to a gut-retching experience of my own. .The first case was about Siamese twins. These twins description: one had a full head and body while the other twin had only a head. The doctors called this head a parasite with some flesh that had a dysfunctional body. The dependent baby relied on the normal baby to ...view middle of the document...
It may be passive (stop treatment) or direct acts aimed at terminating life (active). The latter is wrong because it does not see God, as the taker of life Job 1:21; 38—41
Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. There are different euthanasia laws in each country, Voluntary, Legality of euthanasia, Involuntary and Non Voluntary for more information go to the cite listed at the end of this paragraph.
Sanctity of Life: God has given it and He sustains it. Because it is his gift, we must treat it with care and not discard it. To treat it lightly is a supreme act of ingratitude, but it also suggests that we think we own our life, when in fact God gave it and owns it. Christians have traditionally used this argument against suicide. It seems relevant as well to euthanasia in general. Finally, a further biblical indication of the sanctity of life is the prohibition against life-taking. Killing is condemned both in the OT (Exod 20:13) and the NT (Matt 5:21; 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Rom 13:9). While there are exceptions to the rule (e.g., killing in self-defense, capital punishment, just war), what is unexceptional is the prohibition against the deliberate, intentional taking of innocent life. In most cases, euthanasia is the deliberate taking of innocent life. Biblical teaching renders those cases morally unacceptable.
Not so fast, don’t push that button – I have a Living Will!
People need to a signed a living will to that effect or granted power of attorney to one’s family to make decisions on your health care, the absent of this document on one’s right to die it they unable to make a decision on how they want live out the rest of their life when all hope is gone and to prevent suffering. No reasonable expectation of recovery from physical, mental, or spiritual disability, he/she asks to be allowed to die rather than to be kept alive by artificial means or heroic measures. In some states living wills are not legally binding, but those who sign them hope friends and...