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Are you considering suicide? December 6, 2011

Posted by Henry in Matters of the Faith.
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One of the things I can never fathom is why a church goer should contemplate suicide or actually commit suicide. Is it because they have an incorrect view of God? Could it be because the church is not doing enough to help people overcome their problems? Could it be because individuals prefer to suffer in silence rather than to seek help in working through their problem? Are we living in such an insensitive and callous world where people prefer to suffer in silence because they are afraid or feel uncomfortable to approach a brother or sister for help when they are at their most vulnerable? Though not an exhaustive list these are just some of the myriad questions that one might ask in trying to glean some understanding as to why an active church goer should contemplate committing suicide.

I used the term “church goer” to differentiate between someone in the world and a Spirit filled Christian who one would not expect to do such a thing. This is not to say that I am not concerned about people in the world who may commit suicide. However, you would think that an active church goer would find strength in their religious beliefs and from their interactions with their church brethren compared to someone in the world with no religious leanings and therefore no concept of life and death. My reason for raising this topic though is that I know of church goers who have committed suicide and whenever I hear of such things my heart has been truly torn and I ask myself, why! Suicide is something you would expect to occur outside the church but not from someone in church. The reality however is that we live in very dark days when suicide has been increasing both among people in the world and people who arguably may be classified as Christians. Although suicide is a tragic experience both for the victim and their families I believe it is also preventable and this goes for both the non-christian and the church-goer alike.

I do not want to appear as to trivialise anyone’s experience but I believe that suicidal thoughts which leads to the final act is a product of deception. People who are or have been suffering from such thoughts have been deceived by the devil. The Bible says in 1 Pet 5:8 that “your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” As a result the said scripture says that we must be sober and be vigilant. A person having suicidal thoughts is not sober. I have good news for somebody however. Jesus says in John 10:10

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Though the thief comes to steal and destroy Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. There is no problem too great for God to solve. Jesus already made a way for you by dying on that cross at Calvary. This does not mean that you will not have troubles in this life but Jesus is there to take us through if we believe and have faith in Him. Jesus said in Matt 11:28:

 

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

If you are burdened, cast your cares upon Jesus and you shall find rest for your souls. Committing suicide is not the answer. Arguably if you do you are setting yourself up for a Christless eternity. Don’t allow the devil to deceive you but rather call upon the name of Jesus. Share your problems with someone else – don’t sit down and bottle up the pain and the anguish and allow the problem to fester. This only creates a window of opportunity for the devil to come in and start to put thoughts in your mind that if you end your life the pain and suffering will be over. But I tell you the truth today, the devil is a liar! Illnesses can be manifested in mind, body and spirit. If you are attending church therefore and you are sick in any of these areas approach the elders of the church for them to pray for you. The Bible says in James 5:

13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

My friends you have a way out. Do not be deceived into thinking that suicide is the answer to your problems. No! I might not know what you are going through but someone knows – Jesus Christ knows. Christ is the answer and He cares for you. The Bible says in John 3:16-417

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

You may have doubts and you may have fears but Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the Life.” He also says in John 8:12, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” All you have to do is to seek Him and do not allow the darkness of this world to overtake you. Ps 30:5 says, “weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.

13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Rom 15:13)

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1. ReignofFaith - December 23, 2011

I discussed this with a pastor this summer. The reason people commit suicide is because they do not know who they are. They have defined themselves by physical or emotional things and if these things are removed they are lost and feeling worthless. We must remember that regardless of anything we do (don’t do), have (don’t have), we are still heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We mustn’t let the enemy fill us with shame and encourage us to put our own selves into bondage. Actually, I believe people not knowing who they are is the cause for multiple issues. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

2. Henry - December 26, 2011

ReignofFaith,
Thanks for visiting my blog and posting your comment. Indeed I think people commit suicide because they don’t know who they are particularly in relation to God. Christ came into this world to set the captives free but many do not know it. This is why the good news of the gospel must go forth into the world to bring light and life to all who are perishing.

God bless!

ReignofFaith - December 26, 2011

Amen to that!

3. Alice Holbrook - July 20, 2012

I want to leave this world but it isn’t because I don’t know who I am. It is to stop the emotional pain I am in. I have talked to members of my church and was ignored. I tried praying to God but he has stopped listening. I figure I will be dead before the end of the year. I’m tired. I want to quit. No one will listen. You (who ever you are) won’t even answer me I’m sure.

4. Henry - July 21, 2012

Alice Holbrook,
Why do you assume that I won’t answer you? Is this the same way you approach God when you pray by assuming He wont listen anyway? This demonstrates a lack of faith. I do not know what you are going through right now but I know with absolute certainty that their is no problem that the Lord your God cannot solve. You need to believe on Him even when the answer seems like it is being delayed. Everything is done in God’s time and not in the time you expect. Even David felt like God had abondoned him yet his only choice was to keep on believing in God. So my prayer for you is that you would trust God and live. I am here to point you in the direction of any help you can get for your problems and to provide a listening ear if you need it. If you want to share anything with me privately you can email me via the link at the top on the “About” page. Just move the cursor over it and you will see the link.

5. descriptivegrace - May 26, 2013

“One of the things I can never fathom is why a church goer should contemplate suicide or actually commit suicide. Is it because they have an incorrect view of God? Could it be because the church is not doing enough to help people overcome their problems?”

It could be that the church is mistreating them and they don’t feel free to leave it for another because of abusing family views like “this is the one true church and if you leave this one for another you will go to hell.” They feel trapped, in other words. At one point I contemplated suicide for that very reason: but obviously I didn’t do it. I left that church despite what my family had to say about it because I had to for my emotional and spiritual well-being. If I had stayed, I probably would have ended up omitting suicide.


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