Christian perspective on physician assisted suicide

christian view on euthanasia

The responsibility to remain true to one's vocation as Christian Christians believe that each one of us has a unique vocation from God to fulfil in this life. Although the Bible teaches that humans have a calling to be stewards of all of God's creation and should have a certain respect for plants and animals, it certainly teaches that the respect we should have for the lives of human beings is special.

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However, this does not mean that Christians have to fall back on their own autonomy as highest arbiter when making decisions in this regard, as if their religious beliefs do not provide any moral guidance. In light of what the Scriptures say about the kind of care God wills that we provide to those who suffer and are facing death, we reject such claims as neither compassionate nor caring.

The ethical issue is not so much the responsibility to decide on when and how a seriously ill patient should die, but rather whether this responsibility may include in certain circumstances the decision in favour of medically assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia.

It was an awful thing, to lie in bed. However, it cannot be denied that today autonomy is often understood as pure self-determination. In the case of the sixth commandment it is conspicuous that a very specific Hebrew verb is used, namely one that refers to blood revenge against a fellow Israelite, but not to the killing of someone in war or by means of capital punishment.

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In the case of the sixth commandment it is conspicuous that a very specific Hebrew verb is used, namely one that refers to blood revenge against a fellow Israelite, but not to the killing of someone in war or by means of capital punishment. They wish to take away the suffering of terminally ill individuals, and they may even claim that there is a moral obligation to do so. The Ars moriendi tradition can, of course, not be retrieved in our day without significant reinterpretation and adaptation. A philosopher like Alasdair MacIntyre and a theologian like Stanley Hauerwas unashamedly defend the authority and validity of particular moral traditions, Aristotelian virtue ethics in the case of MacIntyre and Christian virtue ethics in the case of Hauerwas cf. Their death certificates will not name the cause of death as suicide. Therefore, there must be no difference between any of these actions. De Villiers Examples might include removing a ventilator from a grandmother with no hope of recovery, or choosing to refrain from potentially fruitless chemotherapy. It should therefore be the first and preferred option for suffering terminally ill patients. Others approve of assisted dying in rare cases.

The decision to resuscitate a patient who had a serious heart attack could avoid her certain death at that particular point in time and could add many more happy years to her life. In the context of this article the ethical issue could be defined even narrower: 'May the responsibility of the Christian to take care of his or her own life and those of other persons, include in the case of the terminally ill Christian the decision to request medically assisted suicide or euthanasia?

It should rather be one of gratitude, joy and humility on account of the undeserved, unconditional nature of the gift. However, many Catholics—particularly in the United States—cite various quotations by Pope Benedict XVI as a source for continued disagreement and controversy regarding these controversial issues.

But I still have my mom, sister, kids, family and dear friends whose lives are deeply connected to mine. Jainism Jains believe that the soul has always been here and cannot be destroyed and that through the process of death, one transitions to a new body. I feel like my breathing has become a little more labored.

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