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Keywords

End of life care, biblical principles

Abstract

In our modern age, the line between life and death has become more and more blurred. This often leaves the family and friends of terminally ill patients to wonder how to make decisions about their loved one in the light of their Christian faith. The growth of modern life-prolonging technologies has given rise to a plethora of new and confusing technical terms. This paper will attempt to wade through these terms and definitions by looking at several scriptural situations dealing with the end of life. I will then highlight the biblical principles that must transcend every end of life situation. I should note that many end of life issues deal with technologies that simply did not exist during biblical times. Scripture will therefore not speak directly to every issue. That does not mean, however, that the truths to which the Bible speaks are not still relevant.

DOI

10.15385/jce.2013.13.1.3

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