I have a couple of questions for you guys and I'd be very grateful for any serious answers. I guess I'm looking for your guys' personal opinions rather than the official line of a church (but referencing would be helpful to an extent). They're not meant to be provocative, but they're somewhat sensitive to an extent. I'm not a Biblical scholar, nor currently am I a practicing Christian (so no superfluous religious jargon please )
Also, I'm looking for general answers, but if there's some specific tenet of your own denomination which guides your answer (reliance on particular texts which help you reach a position, perhaps?) that would be helpful to know.
1. What is your position in regards to suicide? In what situations, if any, is it permissible or is it always morally wrong? Is it always sinful?
2. What do you think of euthanasia / assisting suicide in general, from a Christian POV? [For argument's sake, let's restrict this to cases where there exists unambiguous consent/intention from a terminally ill person who is of sound mind and cannot take their own lives]
3. What do you think of someone who encourages, aids or performs assisted suicide? Is THAT the sinful part of euthanasia? Are they more or less culpable than the person who seeks to take their own life? Is the position of a friend different from that of a doctor? [Again, I'm deliberately avoiding the word 'sin' but if you want to frame an answer like that, feel free]
I know these are very huge and ambiguous questions, but I'd just like to see a range of views rather than an argument; I appreciate it's probably not easy to do this justice in a paragraph or whatever (I realise I am basically asking: tell me all of Christianity's views on death, suicide and euthanasia which people have written entire books upon...)
Also if we have any mormons on-site (I can't remember if we do have any active members) I'd be particularly interested in hearing your response
Thanks a million guys