Suicide is not painless, nor the end

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Back in the late 70s, thru the early 80s, M*A*S*H was a very popular television show that told the story of two crazy doctors trying to thumb their nose at the war during the Korean “police action”. The opening theme song for MASH was “Suicide is painless”, a subtle melody which echoed the thoughts of a 15 year old writer, the son of Robert Altman who directed the movie of the same title. That same song has since echoed in the lives of many in our world where suicide has become an almost plague in our world, not to mention the lives it has sadly touched.

Within the past few months, as well as recent weeks, the nation has seen a dramatic increase of instances of suicide among many, especially Hollywood celebrities and music stars. But even in the lives of average people, suicide is on the increase, especially in young people. The CDC reports that since 2008, the rate of suicide deaths has jumped up to 7.8% in 2011. In 2012 the number of deaths attributed to suicide rose to another 3.6%, even in places outside the U.S., like the UK, suicide rates are on the increase, and the numbers seem to suggest they won’t drop anytime soon.

So what is going on? Why are people taking their lives? We could probably shed light on a growing list of factors why people are ending their lives, from psychological disorders, depression, guilt, and/or remorse, but the one simple answer to this problem happening to many is, they do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

When a sinner comes to Christ, something changes, something wonderful and that is, all of the guilt, the hurt, heartache and condemnation brought on by a life full of sin has been literally washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, it is forgiveness that cleanses the person and from that point on, they are never the same, they have, in affect, become born again.

Yet, most cannot say this. This leaves them at the mercy to their current state, in essence, they are subjects to the god of this world – Satan, to sin (for they have not repented) and to death (the result of the fall of man). When someone then decides to take their life, they do so under the impression that the problems and cares, the heartaches and worry which brought them to this point in time in their life will be gone and they will cease to exist. But sadly, the word of God gives us all a much clearer warning of what lies ahead after death, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb. 9:27)

It is appointed to men to die, death is a direct result of sin and it is the enemy of man. But death is not the end of life, for there is still life after death and that life will continue in one place (heaven) or in another place (hell). The determining factor is either did the person, at the time of death have their sins forgiven, or did they die in their sins?

When a sinner takes their own life, they have determined their final outcome – Hebrews 10:27 “but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” the judgment in this case is in a place called Hell, it is where they will remain until the final judgment.

I have often said that all of the hurt, the pain of this life cannot compare to the overwhelming darkness that lies in the place called Hell. Yet, Hell is still raging, the fires have never ceased and people are still going there with every passing second in the passage of time.

Suicide is, in effect, self-murder. The unfortunate thing about it is that the one who commits it cannot repent of it. The damage is permanently done. We can see in the Bible that murderers have been redeemed (Moses, David, etc.), but they had opportunities to confess their sins and repent. With suicide, the person does not.They are forever bound to that torment.

The only solution to every problem is Christ, when he said, “I have come to give you life and life more abundantly.” John 3:16, a well known verse speaks volumes of the love of God for the sinner, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever shall believe in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Christ came to give us life, not death, suicide takes, it is a form of pure evil and a direct partner of Satan himself, who the word says comes to “Kill, steal and destroy”.

I am reminded of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana who committed suicide. He was so troubled in his life and spirit that his only solution was to commit the final act of rejecting God, by taking his life. In his suicide note which was left behind, he stated the following:

“I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general. Only because it seems so easy for people to get along that have empathy. Only because I love and feel sorry for people too much I guess.

Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

How tragic, but the one thing which is noted in his full note (which I have not included) is who or whom he addressed the letter to, not his wife, not his child, but a life long “imaginary” friend named Boddah. It was common knowledge with many who knew Kurt that his “friend” was a spirit and that same spirit seemed to progress his life and torment him so. This is a direct result of Satanic influence. Again, when a persons life is not rooted in Christ, that person is subject to the spirit of this world, they are at his mercy and Satan shows no mercy, he hates man and his only thought is to kill and send as many to Hell as he can.

Suicide is not the answer, actually it is pushing someone into the next life (judgment) before they can repent, suicide not only robs family, friends and loved ones of their departed ones, it robs the person of the opportunity to repent in this life. After this life is over and done with, there is no further opportunity to repent. Suicide is not only demonic, it robs the soul from salvation while on this earth.

While we cannot determine every action of every person who commits suicide, I’m speaking here mainly of those who were either children and took their life, or even a Christian, the final determination lies with God in those situations; “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Gen. 18:25

But in those cases, they will be judged for their actions. However, this is NOT the case to those who died without Christ, that is the exception! No sinner, those who never knew Christ, who committed the act of self termination, can enter into the kingdom of heaven. They are lost.

The answer is Christ. The answer to your problems is Christ. The answer to the pain and tragedy of this world is Jesus Christ. Only he can bring the peace and love and overwhelming joy that one craves. That is the answer – not suicide.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

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