A follower of Natural Law would object to euthanasia, chiefly for this reason. A follower of Natural Law would argue that the sanctity of life is important, building up on what St. Thomas Aquinas asserted- that all life is sacred. Euthanasia denies a person’s natural course of life and this takes away sacredness of life. Euthanasia, although it could be used to end a person’s suffering is not taking into account that God set people’s lives out to be a certain way and only he can take and give life. A doctor does not have the right to do this because he or she is not God and should not ‘play God’.
Christianity teaches that people should not work on the day of Sabbath as God himself didn’t and that it should be the day of rest. However, Jesus didn’t follow these rules and decided to do the most loving thing and heal a sick person on this day even though he wasn’t supposed to. Some could argue that situation ethics and its ideas about love fit into Christian theology perfectly because even Jesus broke rules to do the most loving thing possible. Johns part of the gospels state that “God is love” and from this we can interpret that Christians must live their lives by trying to be Omnibenevolent and doing the most loving thing in all situations no matter how extreme. Fletcher incorporated the quote from the gospels into his ethical theory and devised six propositions and four principles.
There must be a reasonable chance of success or benefit. Similarly, a Jew is not allowed to undertake activities which clearly endanger health. The use of drugs, for example, is permitted in order to improve health or reduce pain; one is not required to suffer needlessly. However, the teachings of most authorities would prohibit the use of drugs taken for the purpose of providing a “high” or a mind-altering experience, because of the dangers involved to the user and others (My Jewish Leaning,
By continuing to eat meat the issues of factory farming can not be fixed. There is a demand in the United States for meat, which allows the large scale factory farming. Converting to vegetarianism has many benefits and can help reduce the problems that are risings out of factory farming. Not eating meat will decrease the demand for meat, which in turn will save animals from a life of abuse. Vegetarianism is one of the healthiest diets, so it will boost your over all health.
The fact of the matter is that the animal products we buy are the source of considerable pain and cruelty. Yet, animal-based products are ubiquitous. People have no other choice but to submit to the societal norm that places humans above animals. The inherent value of life therefore has its double standards. For instance, pro-life proponents emphasize the importance of life as an intrinsic value derived from their religious principles.
In David Lane’s, "A Neuro-evolutionary Argument for Vegetarianism,” he outlines two main argument against the killing and consumption of animals. Lane supports his argument through the materialistic perspective. Unlike other vegetarian arguments that rely on a spiritual premise for its support – I.E Animals have souls, the notion of the materialistic perspective is that only the physical realm exists in issues such as vegetarianism. Lane's first argument is that every animal with a functioning central nervous system has the capacity to feel pain and suffering. Lane bases this claim on factual evidence, the science of neuroanatomy, which indicates how pain is produced.
The Jews do not practice the laws of kashrut for health reasons but rather as a submission of themselves to the infinite wisdom of God. “Kashrut is not a measure of physical cleanliness, but of spiritual purity” (Witty 425). Kashrut, or kosher, is not limited to dietary intake. To be Kosher, or to make kosher, is literally the separation of pure and impure and learning how to distinguish between the two in all aspects of life. This separation is in no way limited to dietary intake, but rather, the Jew’s pure diet should translate as an example of a pattern of “kosher” choices (Watty
Food Inc. Animals are living beings and should be treated with decency in our society. I think that people often see animals as inferior creatures because they are not like us. However they are living creatures that depend on the same sources and basic needs to survive on this planet. For this reason alone, I believe that humans should treat animals with more decency.