Notes on the medical ethics section of R>S full course for suicide.

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Deliberately ending one's own life
Main reasons for committing suicide:
Depression, schizophrenia or other mental illness.
Serious difficulties coping with life, e.g. drink, drugs, money - the person cannot see any other
Bereavement: a loved one dies and someone feels they cannot carry on without them.
Bullying: someone feels so insecure and frightened they would rather be dead.
Old age: a person is unable to live independently and feels it would be better if death came more
Serious or incurable illness, or someone is in so much pain or is deteriorating quickly, they would
rather die with dignity than let it drag on.
Pressure: they feel they are not living up to other people's expectations
Most Christians today are against suicide but understand why some people may commit it. Rather than
condemning that person people believe the right response is to be loving and forgiving and to offer help.
For suicide Against suicide
Free will- God gave us free will to do what we want. God chooses when we are born and when we die,
not us.
Job 1:21 "the lord giveth and taketh away"
Christians believe that by suffering they become
closer to God, and share in the suffering of Christ.
They believe God sometimes allows suffering so
we can learn.
It is selfish
Exodus 20 "Thou shalt not kill"
1 Corinthians 3:16 "Don't you know that you are
the temple of God?"
Christians have the reasonability to respect their
bodies because God lives in them.


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