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In many cultures and religions, the meaning of death is not just a physical event, but carries a heavy spiritual significance (Grand Canyon University, 2018). In Christianity, death is given its ultimate meaning in terms of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection (Grand Canyon University, 2018). Ethical issues during end of life arise such as euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Euthanasia is the act of ending someone’s life in a both a peaceful way and without prolonged suffering (Grand Canyon University, 2018) Euthanasia can occur voluntarily, involuntarily or nonvoluntarily (Grand Canyon University, 2018) Physician assisted suicide refers the assistance or supervision of a physician to help end life (Grand Canyon University, 2018). The argument supporting physician assisted suicide and euthanasia is the respect for autonomy over the control of an individual’s life and the appeal of acts of mercy and compassion (Grand Canyon University, 2018).
There is a significant difference between intentionally ending a life and accepting the end of life. I personally do not agree with assisted suicide or euthanasia. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), the organization opposes euthanasia because it is inconsistent with the core commitment of the nursing profession (ANA, 2021). The highest act of freedom according to the Bible is the sacrifice of oneself for others and yielding one’s freedom to God’s purposes (Grand Canyon University, 2018). Every man and woman embody inherent dignity; therefore, euthanasia and assisted suicide opposes God’s instruction and direction. The alleviation of suffering in this world is part of the Christian duty but never through killing the sufferer (Grand Canyon University, 2018).
Reflect on the analysis of the sin of suicide and, thus, euthanasia from the topic readings. Do you agree? Why or why not? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response.
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.