Life. Did you have the free will to decide when your life began? If man didn’t have the power to decide when life began, why does man want to exert the right to end it? Life is one of the most valuable things that humans possess. Humans are the most complex of all creatures. Plenty of time is spent debating over beginning and ending of life issues such as, euthanasia. Euthanasia is a defined as, a “gentle and easy death”, derived from the Greek language (Keown 10). A “gentle and easy death” indicates that death would not come naturally, but by treatment or medication. For death to come by treatment or medication was not God’s intention for the termination of human lives. To illustrate, the Bible says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The body is a temple and it is a gift from God. Human beings were bought with a price for a valuable purpose.
The debate over euthanasia is a prevalent and pressing issue in today’s society, and possibly one of the most popular. Euthanasia is a topic that will separate a room of people by beliefs. About three years ago, 22 percent of the 18 members of the Humane Society board resigned over the controversial issue of euthanasia (Humane Society CEO Search Reignites Euthanasia Debate 2014). This is a debated issue in which many believe that a person should have the right to decide on how they feel (EUTHANASIA Will Be Debated at an Event in Cheltenham This Week 2014). Euthanasia is a heavily debated topic that is deeply divided because of personal conviction or religion. This is an ongoing moral and ethical worldwide debate, is the way out of suffering a harsh death for terminally ill patients and can be seen as mercy killing, but in reality euthanasia is a form of murder.
The Meaning of Euthanasia
Euthanasia is a word meaning “gentle and easy death”, which comes from the Greek language (Keown 10). When it comes to the ending of a patient’s life, many believe that doctors should be able to give a yes or no answer to patients on whether or not the person will suffer a painful death (Keown 10). Doctors want patients to relax in the mindset that when the time comes, suffering won’t be involved. This brings up the question of what a doctor’s true role is when it comes to euthanasia, and whether it was in the job description when the job opened. Few people have the twisted outlook that euthanizing a patient should be completely the doctor’s decision and have absolutely nothing to do with the family (Keown 10). The doctor performs euthanasia if the terminally ill patient requests it, but only because death would be in benefit of the patient (Keown 39). The value of human life is beyond words and the issue should be talked over with close members of the patient’s family before making a decision. It is always going to be difficult to say goodbye to a...