Death and dying are pathetic side of the face of life; however, it is a common experience to health care workers. The nature of death, alongside its meaning is not directly biological or scientific, but alternatively involves deep philosophical and non-secular questions. Conversely, medical technology has modified the scope, quality, and experience of death, and has changed the very definition of death. There are two issues facing bioethics, and these are euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Death takes on a particular meaning when seen within the Christian narrative. The Christian teaching about Jesus’death totally changed the way in which death is viewed and experienced. The way people view death can also vary depending on the situation they are in at that particular point in time (Doka, 2016). This paper will analyze, and assess a case study of Mr. George who is diagnosed of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). As a result of his medical diagnosis, he is considering voluntary euthanasia as a choice in order to avoid pains and suffering that awaits him during the illness.
How George Would Interpret His Suffering in Light of the Christian Narrative with Focus on Fall of the World
According to Sharp S. (2018), there are some reasons why human beings are suffering in light of the Christian narrative. One of the reasons is to measure our faith in God. There are some biblical examples where suffering was used as an example to test one;s faith. Let us take Job as an example, Job lost everything he had including his properties, along with children, yet he did not deny God (Job 1:13-22).After Job demonstrated his true faith in God, he then overcame the affliction and suffering and came out victorious with his state prior to the suffering being restored. Based on this biblical narrative, one would learn that one has to be patient, move closer to God, and inculcate the habit of perseverance while passing through any difficulty.
Conversely, George may not be thinking in that way. In the second narrative, suffering is used to punish human beings, as a result of their sins. In other words, why human beings are suffering is because they have sinned, and fall short of glory of God. In light of biblical narrative, no sinners shall go without being punished which means all sinners will be punished for all the sins they have committed. Meanwhile, George may be seeing the difficulties, and suffering is passing through as a result of the sins he has committed in his life.