BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BIOETHICS
The Bible Bioethics and move on common ground and have many points of contact and discussion.
It follows that the meeting held by Rev. Nicola Patti Friday, January 28 in the 6th round of the Information Seminar "TAKE CARE OF LIFE" organized by the Movement for Life Marsala.
"The sacred text can not be found the law valid today in our cultural and historical context, - said Don Nicholas in his speech - but the basic principles to underpin and guide the principles of today's new science."
the words of the priest shows how the Bible, showing continuously in all her books, the ethical concern for the value of life for its quality and its accompanying health and human progress, his doubts and questions about meaning, it can certainly be support for Bioethics.
The speaker then explained the different views of life and death, between the Old and New Testament and then showed how to die a Christian and be respectful of the dignity of the human condition.
For the Old Testament, which has ignored for a long time to lead a worldly life, his earthly life has always been the "greatest good". Only in the texts Wisdom begins to relativize the value of a very long and successful life as the highest good and suggests a new and absolute value of fellowship and friendship with God, which extends beyond death, in the afterlife.
the New Testament is Christ's life. This is the main innovation of the NT: like God, Christ has life in himself (John 1.4, 14.6), for the sake of his father and brothers, He gives His life (Jn 10,11.15; 1 John 3.16). By the Holy Spirit, which is the fundamental principle of the new life of the believer, the Christian walk to the "eternal life" (Romans 8), so as to live a fully engaged in Christ in God through Christ (Rom 14.7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:15).
Both AT, and the NT have a high and deep consideration of life, is always considered in relation to God's life is seen as the fulfillment of man's faculties, the pleasure that accompanies its vital functions, integration in the world and their society. On the contrary, death is the negation of everything.
The essential difference is that the man of the Old Testament waited for the inevitable end as a natural conclusion of all living things. Outside of this life everything is fading. The same relationship with God is seen in the light of this life and is carried out in the field of earthly existence and human history.
Jesus Christ, the Risen and Living, has laid the groundwork for a different "culture" of death, the culture is different from the old testament, both secular and secularizing. A Christian culture of death, without hope and life after death, providing the foundations for a new attitude and prepare to die of human bioethics.
A die that restores the sense and meaning to suit the life lived and which is not seen as fleeting and unexpected moment. Death and dying are included as the last time the ground of existence and in the light of Easter, the first time for a new life. Entire route highlights the biblical principles for a life that is dignified and fulfilling quality, in all its aspects and dimensions. Acquire meaning as principles that are dear to Bioethics: the value and quality of life and its fullness, the redevelopment of the body and sex, the physical and mental health, extension and enlargement of years of life, and resolution to overcome all forms of disease, suffering and pain, and the attempt to consider not only the quality of life, but also, if not more, the quality of human death and death.