It Is a Mistake to Reject Religious Principles in Favour of Secular/Ethical Principles for Guidance in Medical Ethics

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“It is a mistake to reject religious principles in favour of secular/ethical principles for guidance in medical ethics”
A religion such as Christianity has rules and guidelines that are made by the Church using teachings and bible scriptures so that Christians can live a moral life to achieve an afterlife. An example of this is the Ten Commandments that was given to Moses which contain laws such as ‘thy shall not steal’ and ‘thy shall not kill’. These laws were giving to Moses so that people would do the right and good things. Secular principles such as Utilitarianism and laws made by the government for non-religious people to use as guidance to outline the right and wrong. Within this essay, I will examine how religion is a part of the
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They believe blood transfusions are not acceptable due to their religion. Beneficence does not respect Christian’s views because they are healthcare professionals are seen to be superior to the patient. Deuteronomy 31:8 states ‘and the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed’. This shows that God has the supreme authority to when it comes to people and he is the only one who can make decisions when it comes to a person’s life. Justice is another principle that is seen to equally weigh the benefits, risks and costs when making a decision. Justice is respected by healthcare professionals who fit in with Christian views when they believe “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mark 12:31). Patients are not treated differently when it comes to their own circumstances of their medical treatment. If one patient gets x amount of medical treatment so will the other patient. Non-maleficence means no harm is done to the patient when receiving medical treatment. This is stated in the Hippocratic Oath that “above all, do no harm”. The body is sacred and ‘God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27). This principle is seen to be agreed on by religious principles and secular principles as

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