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Religious Studies

Christianity: euthanasia

Christian attitudes towards euthanasia

Christianity teaches that all life comes from God:

Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'

Genesis 1:26-28

The bible also teaches that life is sacred:

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19

For this reason Christians believe that it would be wrong to take life:

You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13

Elsewhere in the Bible it's clear that human beings are not meant to choose when they die:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

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