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It¶s a method of destruction that produces rapid unconsciousness and subsequent death without evidence of pain or distress. It sounds so ruthless but the truth is that if any of your loved was to undergo unbearable pain and suffering and you know for sure that in spite of this entire trauma he or she will not live long, you will know howEuthanasia satisfies your conscience. People claim that they have their pet or a loved one undergo euthanasia out of respect and love for them. This is legal, since most of the times it is miserable to see the state of the person who is genuinely getting deteriorated and we keep mum about it and can do nothing. There are people who do not deserve to go through such a death, but we would have seen them live with such pride and dignity all their lives that it would be utterly painful to see them bed ridden and die every day. The benefits would be vast to a person who is suffering because it is the quickest way to set them free and give them the peace they deserve. To the patient, it is an end of an era since fighting for life is no more an option but only struggling for it is. There are different conditions of terminal illness that have signs of improvement and show different ways to life with a positive attitude but cases that are extreme are the ones that are prone to adopt Euthanasia. The benefits are shared mainly by the family of the patient since it saves the health costs and reduces the financial burden on them. It would be a great strain for the friends and family to look after someone who is terminally ill so Euthanasia benefits in this way too. The truth we need to accept is that, the medical supplies being used on a terminally ill patient could be used for a patient who is more likely to recover sooner or later. This type of death allows the patient to die painlessly and in a dignified manner and the controlled death will also give time for the loved ones to cope with the conditions and accept the loss and bid their farewells. ³Life is precious no matter what physical and mental state you are in´, but for those who have seen or have been around the people who had to through Euthanasia, will find it difficult to digest that life needs can be lived that way!
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May Christians Practice Euthanasia?
Bible study on euthanasia.
Technology continues to progress so that we can keep a human body, which would otherwise be dead, functioning for a very long time. It is increasingly important that Christians determine at what point the spirit leaves the body, and whether euthanasia may be practiced. Otherwise, the technology used to keep some individuals alive until recovery will be over run by costs of keeping the physical body of the dead functioning through mechanical life supports. Do not get me wrong. I am not suggesting that the cost of a thing dictates morality. But, because of technological advancement, we face questions which were of no concern to other generations. There are two types of euthanasia. For sake of clarity in this article, I will refer to the two types as positive and negative. The difference between positive and negative euthanasia is:
Positive Euthanasia occurs when an individual actively does something to cause the death of another. This is the case with assisted suicide wherein the "patient" is given carbon monoxide or some other drug to bring death.
So.as a voluntary. the mortal spirit dies. Therefore. 2:26. a man's mortal spirit dies and his eternal spirit (soul) returns to God. from the word of God. Mr. The following quote serves to define positive and negative euthanasia from the perspective of one who is proeuthanasia. we live in a time that we. Fletcher states correctly that positive euthanasia is suicide. In Suicide and Euthanasia many essays appear in support of positive euthanasia. at what point the spirit leaves the body. letting the patient die without any further struggle against it. I appeal to Biblical authority based on the following passages: y y y James 2:26. brings death to the patient. then we must maintain that the safe answer to this question is not to practice any type of euthanasia. And. 27:50 A person is dead when his mortal spirit ceases to life. families. Notice that positive euthanasia is considered suicide. In considering negative euthanasia. in the treatment of the terminally ill. direct choice of death (Suicide And Euthanasia p. let me suggest that Scripture reveals that a man's spirit is in his mind (brain). For the above statements. And. Matt. can determine if a . the person is dead (Jam. What is called negative euthanasia. Resuscitative techniques now compel them to decide when to stop preserving and supporting life.000 legally unenforceable "living wills" have been recorded. Ephesians 4:23 A human's mortal spirit is in his mind. Matt. through technology. can keep a physical body functioning apart from the brain. The question at hand is whether Christians may engage in positive or negative euthanasia.is the form in which suicide is the question . 47). but separate. says: In recent years the ethical issue about human initiatives in death and dying has been posed most poignantly for the common run of those in medical care. appealing to doctors. through technology. the real question is whether Christians may commit suicide or assist one to commit suicide. but the fact remains that the person is dead and the soul has returned to God. we live in a time that we. pastors. Hebrews 4:12 The spirit (mind) and soul are closely linked. people no longer just die. Joseph Fletcher in his essay In Defense of Suicide.doing something to shorten or end life deliberately . 27:50). So. is a daily event in hospitals. and lawyers to stop treatment at some balance point of pro-life. pro-death assessment.y Negative Euthanasia occurs when doing nothing. other than removing the "tubes of technology" or ceasing to administer care and treatment. About 200. if the brain dies. Technological life supports may keep the physical body functioning for a time. the person would have been declared dead and the physical body would have not been artificially supported. If the mind dies. What is called positive euthanasia . One part of our question is whether Christians may practice positive euthanasia. Refer to my previous article addressing assisted suicide explaining that Christians may not engage in this act. If we cannot determine. by Bible standards which predate technological life supports. Second.
as long as the unborn baby shows signs of life. . 14:23). Now. The removal of a fetus from the womb may only occur when it has been determined that the fetus (baby) is not living. therefore. Abortion is a separate issue since it concerns the entering of the fetus' spirit (see article concerning abortion) unlike euthanasia which is the determination of a spirit's departure from the body. Not that an individual's conscience may annul God's will. everyone would die a natural death apart from any mechanical or human resuscitation and life support. . As for an individual's conscience in this matter." There are two problems here -. without technology. Jack Kevorkian said that a terminal illness was "any disease that curtails life even for a day. let me suggest that Christians may at no time exercise positive euthanasia which is suicide (murder)." Others state that "terminal" means that death is expected within six months or less. the mother's body (the baby's life support) must be kept functioning.person's brain is dead or alive. Thirdly. but that our conscience must be free of guilt in the liberties of God. let me suggest that. we are able to determine that a brain is dead. In this case. Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill. And. Let me suggest that since we rely upon technology to keep a body functioning apart from the brain. then he must avoid its practice to avoid sin (Rom." There are many definitions for the word "terminal. Fourthly. then we may cease the use of technology to continue life support of a body which has no spirit. So. someone may ask how the above position concerning euthanasia may apply to abortion. the spirit has been yielded up ." For example. This would be the exercise of negative euthanasia. In the case that a fetus is alive within the womb of a woman who is brain dead but on life supports. For. we must only act in accordance with our conscience. if through technology. A Christian may not actively engage in putting another individual to death no matter the state of the brain. every effort should be made to save the baby in the womb. if possible." Some laws define "terminal" condition as one from which death will occur in a "relatively short time. the life supports for the baby is the mother. when he spoke to the National Press Club in 1992.the soul has returned to God.the definition of "terminal" and the changes that have already taken place to extend euthanasia to those who aren't "terminally ill. until such time that the baby is able to live outside of the womb or determined to be dead within the womb. we must also rely upon technology to determine whether a brain is dead or alive. if an individual is not certain that negative euthanasia as described above is a moral practice." The co-founder of the Hemlock Society often refers to "terminal old age.
or a quality of life that is no longer acceptable to the individual.drugs used in assisted suicide cost only about $40.. Legalized euthanasia raises the potential for a profoundly dangerous situation in which doctors could find themselves far better off financially if a seriously ill or disabled person "chooses" to die rather than receive long-term care. announced that physician-assisted suicide would be paid for as "comfort care" under the Oregon Health Plan which provides medical coverage for about 345. however." .Even where a specific life expectancy (like six months) is referred to. if at all. the State of Oregon announced plans to cut back on health care coverage for poor state residents." An article in the journal.physician-assisted suicide. and managed-care facilities are offering physicians cash bonuses if they don't provide care for patients. immediately after the passage of Measure 16. Perhaps one of the most important developments in recent years is the increasing emphasis placed on health care providers to contain costs. 2. For example. euthanasia activists have dropped references to terminal illness. but that it could take $40. Smith... if it became widespread. physical or mental debilitation or deterioration. Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment ". In the United States. Oregon's law permitting assisted suicide. severe physical or psychological pain. Jean Thorne. many doctors are at financial risk when they provide treatment for their patients." and "meaningless life. " ".... Increasingly. In such a climate. "Hopeless condition" was defined to include terminal illness.. described assisted suicide guidelines for those with a hopeless condition." "desperately ill. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. studies have shown that the poor and minorities generally are not given access to available pain control. Wesley J. Some people diagnosed as terminally ill don't die for years. With greater and greater emphasis being placed on managed care.000 poor Oregonians. senior fellow at the Discovery Institute." "hopeless condition. This could take place if governments cut back on paying for treatment and care and replace them with the "treatment" of death." "incurably ill. from the diagnosed condition. Savings to the government may also become a consideration.000 to treat a patient properly so that they don't want the "choice" of assisted suicide. replacing them with such phrases as "hopelessly ill. medical experts acknowledge that it is virtually impossible to predict the life expectancy of a particular patient. In . the state's Medicaid Director. could become a profit-enhancing tool for big HMOs.. Within eighteen months of Measure 16's passage. That means just about anybody who has a suicidal impulse . euthanasia certainly could become a means of cost containment. thousands of people have no medical insurance.
many people will feel guilty for not choosing death." could serve as powerful forces that would lead a person to "choose" euthanasia or assisted suicide. Financial considerations. conditioned to accept euthanasia as normal and right. nurses and others. Here are two: Example 1: an elderly person in a nursing home. One doctor sets up a practice to "help" such people. they say Emotional and psychological pressures could become overpowering for depressed or dependent people. He does thousands a year for $200 each. How does the law protect people from him? Does it specify that a doctor can only approve 50 requests a year? 100? 150? If you don't think there are such doctors. what can be as strong a protection as the current absolute prohibition on direct killing? Answer: nothing. Once one signature can sign away a person's life. Think about this: What if your veternarian said that your ill dog would be better of "put out of her misery" by being "put to sleep" and you refused to consent. Or. treat you and your mother. at the same time. painless ending of her life" and you refused how would doctors. Euthanasia will only be voluntary. funds have not been made available for home care for the sick and elderly. who can barely understand a breakfast menu. They look at things as simply black and white. People for euthanasia say that voluntary euthanasia will not lead to involuntary euthanasia. to approve a "quick. if a doctor told you your mother's "quality of life" was not worth living for and asked you. hospital stays are being shortened while. would be expected to volunteer to be killed. In real life there would be millions of situations each year where cases would not fall clearly into either category. added to the concern about "being a burden. If the choice of euthanasia is considered as good as a decision to receive care. Registered nurses are being replaced with less expensive practical nurses. Is this voluntary or involuntary? Will they be protected by the law? How? Right now the overall prohibition on killing stands in the way. What would the vet and his assistants think? What would your friends think? Ten years from now. at a certain point. just look at recent stories of doctors and nurses who are charged with murder for killing dozens or hundreds of patients. what if the approval was sought from your mother. She and anyone who wants to die knows he will approve any such request. 1 3. Patients are forced to endure long waits for many types of needed surgery. Legalized euthanasia would most likely progress to the stage where people. who was .Canada. Example 2: a woman is suffering from depresssion and asks to be helped to commit suicide. as the closest family member. is asked to sign a form consenting to be killed.
they are changes that should logically reduce the call for euthanasia .it is not forced on them and that voluntary euthanasia will not be forced on them either. They are missing the main point . You don't need to be against abortion to appreciate the way the laws on abortion have changed and to see how it could well happen the same way with euthanasia/assisted suicide as soon as the door is opened to make it legal. 4. Euthanasia people state that abortion is something people choose .it is an issue of the way laws against an action can be broadened and expanded once something is declared legal.but they miss the point that when one kills for self defense they are saving innocent life . History has taught us the dangers of euthanasia and that is why there are only two countries in the world today where it is legal.pain control medicines and procedure are far better than they have ever been any time in history.either their own or someone else's. It is remarkable that euthanasia advocates today think they know better than the billions of people throughout history who have outlawed euthanasia . With euthanasia no one's life is being saved . People who support euthanasia often say that it is already considered permissable to take human life under some circumstances such as self defense . it's a form of suicide that demeans the value of life. be it voluntary or involuntary.what makes the 50 year old euthanasia supporters in 2005 so wise that they think they can discard the accumulated wisdom of almost all societies of all time and open the door to the killing of innocent people? Have things changed? If they have.even non-religious ones . Ethical Reasons: Ethical reasons against Euthanasia include the following questions: o What are the circumstances when carrying out Euthanasia would be justified? o Euthanasia is the act of ending one's life.depressed by her illness? Would she have the strength to refuse what everyone in the nursing home "expected" from seriously ill elderly people? The movement from voluntary to involuntary euthanasia would be like the movement of abortion from "only for the life or health of the mother" as was proclaimed by advocates 30 years ago to today's "abortion on demand even if the baby is half born". o In case of involuntary Euthanasia.for thousands of years have made euthanasia a crime.it is not an issue of force . That is why almost all societies . Religious Reasons: Euthanasia is opposed by those who believe that it is against the will of God to end a life. Reasons against Euthanasia 1. and it would rob the sufferer of the right to live. According to them.life is only taken. who decides if the life of a terminally ill patient has to be ended? . in which a patient is not asked before a decision is taken to end his life. Some fear that Euthanasia would make the society devalue life of those that are weak like the sick and the old. even if it is termed as Mercy Killing or letting die. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. 2.
Certain sections of the society argue against Euthanasia.Be it voluntary Euthanasia. that cannot be treated. on the ground that older patients and those abandoned by their families may feel morally pressurized to end their lives to free their family of troubles and expenses of their medical treatment. Practical Implications: The cases where Euthanasia is sought are complicated medical cases. Switzerland. Euthanasia is not a recent concept. Some also believe that if a patient wants to end his life out of his own will he should be allowed to. Hinduism have a mixed view about it. they should have the right to do so. Some believe that legalizing Euthanasia might reduce the impetus to search cure for the terminally ill. Medical care of such individuals is expensive. With opinions about Euthanasia varying among different religions and individuals. Although most of the countries have laws against Euthanasia. a 51 year old French school teacher who had been suffering from an incurable and painful form of cancer. Thailand and the states of Oregon and Washington in the United States of America. or involuntary Euthanasia. Euthanasia and the Law Euthanasia has been a raging controversy all over the world. . A relevant case is that of Chantal Sabire. if he chooses to. 3. where her plea to end her life had been rejected by the French law. According to them. as this also relieves medical resources to be used in cases where the patient could be cured. it is difficult to have an end to the controversy regarding the practice. people opposing it on ethical grounds say that no one has the right to take a human life. Reasons for Euthanasia People who support Euthanasia believe that everyone should have the right to die with dignity. If they choose not to bear the pain. Another reason given to support Euthanasia is to relieve an individual of physical pain. in which a severely ill person asks someone else to end his life. it has been legalized in the countries like Netherlands. It finds mention in almost all the religions of the world. rather than being reduced to a vegetable state and be a burden on others. While Islam and Catholicism condemn it. A large number of people who choose Euthanasia are those who suffer from painful diseases. Some argue that Euthanasia might be used by relatives of such patients to avoid the medical costs without exploring all the possible options of treating the patient. one should be allowed to terminate his life.
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