Euthanasia and Suicide

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  • Euthanasia and Suicide
    • Most Christians believe that God gives life and only God can decide when a life should be ended
      • Job 1:21
    • Some Christians believe that as humans have free will, they have a choice between life and death but to choose death, either by euthanasia or suicide would be a sin
    • Euthanasia is against the law in the Uk, but legal elsewhere, e.g. in Switzerland
      • Withdrawal of treatment is not illegal in the UK
        • This is called 'passive euthanasia' as the death is not caused by actually doing something
    • Christians believe in the sanctity of life. They believe life is a gift from God and it is therefore not up to us to end our life
    • Voluntary euthanasia is when a person is able to make a conscious decision, involuntary is when someone else decides for them
    • Roman Catholics believe that suicide is a sin that would exclude a person from heaven
    • The Dan James case
      • broke his neck in a rugby accident and lived in pain, could no longer walk and needed 24-hour care.
      • Ended his life with the help of a Swiss clinic
      • His mother believes that nobody has the right to judge him for not wanting to live like that
    • Today, although most Christians think suicide is morally wrong, their view has moved from being judgemental to compassionate
      • People have a better understanding of the reasons why someone may want to end their own life
    • Christ's teaching of agape may lead some Christians to think that it could be the most loving thing to do, depending on the situation
      • Matthew 7:12 - the Golden Rule


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