End of Life Decision

Suffering and Fallenness of the World

            Suffering in the Christian doctrine is an associate of sin. Therefore, George would perceive his suffering as caused by falling out of the Grace of God due to the evil he might have done. The doctrine views the world as inherently evil, and thus, it has wooed George to sin. He has not been in a position of running away from the absorption of the earthly elements (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). The elements cause one subdues to sin hence the suffering. The flipside implies that for the individuals who have identified the evils associated with the world and managed to escape, they are freed from the distinct forms of suffering.

            Moreover, George’s suffering can be interpreted as a corruption of his human self by the world. He is thus tied to the constraints of sin; hence his life might permanently assume a downward plunge (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). Christianity spells out the reward for sin is death, and, apparently, due to the corruption of his humanity by the world, the doctrine perceives that he might die to pay the price. Christian faith again explores the essence of God, sending Christ into the world to redeem man from sin. As such, the world was freed from seen as a result of the death of Christ. Suppose George adopts the viewpoint that individuals are inherently sinful, but their savior’s mercy prevalently cleanses them; he would endure suffering ALS in humble silence (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). Falleness of the world attaches suffering as a punishment from God for wrongdoing; however, the Christian narrative spells out the essence of a long life for a sinner to facilitate their repentance. Thus, George would seek to hope for a life extension which may be free of suffering (Ebels-Duggan, 2018).

Hope of Resurrection

            In light of the Christian narrative, suffering is inevitable. Therefore, one has to endure pain in the world to attain eternal life. The eternal life is identified as the existence after the resurrection of those that will die in a while still in adherence to the teachings of Christ. In this case, suppose George interprets the concept of suffering as a set up for endless peace that will come along with resurrection, he would easily cope with it (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). He would, therefore, look forward to enjoying the new life that is assured to those who die in Christ. The teachings on Christian faith states that since the human race ought to follow the ways of Jesus. And, since Jesus died and rose from the dead, humans are thus assured of conquering death. Owing to these teachings, George ought to be optimistic that his death will ultimately earn him a life that is free of trials and temptations (Ebels-Duggan, 2018).

            The Christian doctrine perceives death as the way to exit life and the way to begin a new life in Christ. Again, death is characteristic of the sufferings in the world that the human race should seek to persevere. George ought to, therefore, deal with his suffering conditions and make his relationship with Christ straight with the hope that he will enjoy the resurrection of the soul in his next life after death (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). Again, as Christ suffered, George should see to it that he should also suffer to resurrect and live forever like Jesus. With the hope of resurrection, therefore, George should seek to understand that death is conquered as it is not the final stage in the life of a Christian (Badham, 2009).

            Again, the Christian worldview perceives life as a precious gift from God hence not subject to individual termination (Ebels-Duggan, 2018). Therefore, irrespective of George’s condition of ALS, he ought to fight hard and not contemplate Euthanasia as God will decide whether or not he will die. As such, he should not take upon himself to end his own life. Again, the worldview perceives that God assigns trials based on His knowledge of ones coping ability. For this reason, George ought to demonstrate his faith in Christ and deal with the situation as God sees it fit. George should, therefore, not question his inability to perform generally as God has it all figured out (Ebels-Duggan, 2018).


Values and Considerations of Life

            The Christian worldview advocates for wholeness, high regard attached to life, and God as the custodian of life. Wholeness implies the period taken by an individual since birth to their last natural breath (Badham, 2009). Therefore, Christians would see to it that George ought to remain calm and live up to his last moment based on the plan of God. Again, since God is omnipresent, he acknowledges Georges suffering and entirely monitors his life (The Right to Die? A Christian Response to Euthanasia, 2009). The presence of God in all situations may also be employed to imply that He Has an idea of the duration of suffering allowed for George’s suffering. As such, when the time comes to detach George from life, He automatically does so without facilitation by a human.

            The high value associated with life takes into consideration the precious nature of life hence not subject to human threat or withdrawal at will. For this reason, the Christian doctrine is against George’s idea of Euthanasia as it seeks to withdrawal life it never brought forth. Again, the teachings forbid withdrawal of life and classify it as murder (Gill, 2012). The practice is punishable by God as He is the giver of life thus it is highly prohibited. The teachings point out an instance of Cain’s endless suffering as a result of terminating Abel’s life. For this reason, it would be quite difficult for George to come into consensus with the essence of initiating Euthanasia based on the religious perspectives (The Right to Die? A Christian Response to Euthanasia, 2009). The biblical story states that it’s the Lord who gives life, and hence He has responsibility for it.

            George might consider the concept of individual autonomy and the need to end his suffering period as justification for Euthanasia (Badham, 2009). However, the condition has spelled out his expectancy, implying that his suffering may be short-lived. Again, the biblical story depicts the suffering of Christ as able to wipe off the pain; hence he ought to seek Him for the ability to cope with the suffering. As a result, the reasonable time for his death will arrive without facilitation (The Right to Die? A Christian Response to Euthanasia, 2009).

Based on the values and considerations above, what options would be morally justified in the Christian worldview for George and why?

            Based on values held by Christianity on the dig of life, George is not justified to conduct Euthanasia. As such, he ought to be subjected to the effective treatment procedures until his death comes. He, therefore, needs to be availed with the necessary drugs majoring with pain relievers, to aid him in reaching his end with minimal suffering (Dalferth, 2018). Since Euthanasia is supported by the urge to discontinue one from pain, healthcare professionals should direct their efforts towards the management of his pain. George will, therefore, be in a position of lying comfortably on his bed while utilizing his remaining senses of taste, smell, sight as well as taste. In this condition, George will be in a position of interacting with his loved ones using the senses (Gill, 2012).

            Containing George’s condition, with play a significant role in loved ones coming into an agreement with his status as time goes. The situation would be unlike if Euthanasia was initiated as loved ones would be forced to come to terms with the untimely death. The implication is that people are more likely to recover from mourning a natural death than an inflicted one (Dalferth, 2018). The denial that comes along with an inflicted death is inevitable. Again, his unhealthy condition is not comparable to death.

            The Biblical narrative seeks to explain the need for one to find God at their times of suffering that He may answer them back with blessings. Therefore, the Christian worldview advocates for a continued practice of seeking God to either help George cope with the situation or rest in peace if his time has finally come (Dalferth, 2018). Again, with his senses remaining active at the point of intensification of the condition, he can commit to pray for his situation.

Based on your worldview, what decision would you make if you were in George’s situation?

            My worldview is Constructivism; thus, I employ initiatives based on prior occurrences of the same kind (Duffy,  Jonassen, 2013).  Therefore, I would seek to reflect on particular instances where an individual suffered from the same case as George. As a result, I will evaluate the essence of Euthanasia if it was carried out. Again, I would discredit it suppose it never proved fruitful. However, based on my past encounters, I would opt for Euthanasia. Alongside aiding in the pain reduction, the practice allows for the attainment of individual autonomy as well as reduction of costs that may be associated with the maintenance of life.

            Containing the conditions calls for a continuous process of medication. As a result, a lot of finances would be used to finance a life that is not likely to recover. In my opinion, the funds can be redirected into regenerative projects or saved for my family expenditure should I depart. Since death is inevitable, avoiding Euthanasia does not guarantee one a life frees of death. As such, I would request for discontinuation from the life-supporting machine since at some point, and I would eventually die (Duffy,  Jonassen, 2013). The condition of ALS is progressive and gets to the point that the expectancy of an individual can be calculated, implying that Euthanasia would be beneficial for the ones loved ones to learn to accept the situation and move on. In respect to the concept of individual autonomy, I would expect that healthcare officials responsible for initiating Euthanasia to heed to my request. An individual’s decision concerning their health ought to be respected as it is a reflection of their perception of wellbeing.


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