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A person must first realize that euthanasia is a subject that is not easily defined. The origin of the word "euthanasia" comes from ancient Greek meaning "good death." The following shows us
that there are three categories to which euthanasia can be classified. "(1) by an affirmative act designed to bring about death, such as the injection of air into a person’s veins; (2) by refusing to commence or continue further medical treatment required to maintain life; (3) by refusing to commence or continue further , ‘heroic’ or 'extraordinary ' measures, such as the use of a heart-lung machine following a massive stroke. " The first two definitions are commonly referred to as euthanasia by action and euthanasia by omission . However, euthanasia can also be voluntary where an individual chooses death. Euthanasia is not a black-and-white issue and the ethical concerns are even more complicated. As euthanasia has become more prevalent the medical community has had to adjust its understanding.
On the surface, euthanasia is a conflict to any physician. A doctor is to prolong life, not to end it.
"For doctors, this dilemma challenges the Hippocratic Oath which commits them to increasingly incompatible duties-to preserve life and relive suffering. This conflict of conscience is steadily magnified by the swelling numbers of elderly people. In these circumstances, many people fear the prospect of senility far more than they fear death."
Yet the argument could be made that a physician is in fact helping another person by assisting in their death. They are relieving the pain of the suffering person. Perhaps this willingness to remedy pain by any means possible is too apparent in this day and age. When studying the topic of euthanasia one needs to wonder whether or not people are seeking a short answer for an ongoing problem. Thus
, the medical community needs to look for further cures, and likewise people should be willing to see a problem through . Naturally such a topic has induced controversy from a religious perspective as well. Christian people see a basic good value in human life and wish to do anything that will preserve life. "Christianity affirms what mankind has said about the inherent value and dignity of human life. It affirms man's basic unity and his living-in-this-world for God and for others, although he has a destiny beyond this world." The previous statement is one that expresses a [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] opinion. Yet the same thought is common to all Christians. A very similar opinion is expressed by the Orthodox Church.
"The Church accompanies its faithful from even before birth, through all the steps of life to death and beyond, with its prayers, rites, sacraments, preaching, teaching, and its love, faith and hope. All of life, and even death itself, are drawn into the realm of the life of the Church. Death is seen as evil in itself, and symbolic of all those forces which oppose God-given life and its fulfillment. The Orthodox Church has a very strong pro-life stand which in part expresses itself in opposition to doctrinaire advocacy of euthanasia." ([http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article7101.asp ''The Stand of the Orthodox Church on Controversial Issues''] by Fr. [[Stanley Harakas]])