Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | March 3, 2010

Suicide!

Are we assured Hell if we successful commit suicide? Is there truly no forgiveness for killing oneself? From a scriptural standpoint, is this yet another so called “gray” area that we should just leave up to God to decide if a person obtains heaven after killing oneself? As you have probably heard in the last few days, Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide  (I think over the weekend) at his apartment in Los Angeles, CA. As you may or may not be aware, this is a family that practices Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints…you know, the young guys who ride bicycles while wearing only black and white witnessing 2 by 2 in the streets…you’ve seen them). First, lets read up on what Mormons say happens to those who commit suicide.

From an LDS perspective, suicide is a moral issue and is to be handled with particular sensitivity and human caring. The General Handbook of Instructions (1989) says, “A person who takes his own life may not be responsible for his acts. Only God can judge such a matter. A person who has considered suicide seriously or has attempted suicide should be counseled by his bishop and may be encouraged to seek professional help” (11-5). Such contacts need to be personalized and enduring. The inclination to commit suicide represents a crisis in a person’s life and should not be taken lightly. Underlying causes should be identified and treated.

The body of a person who has committed suicide is not dishonored. If the person has been endowed and otherwise is in good standing with the Church, the body may be buried in temple clothes. Normal funeral procedures are followed (see Burial).

Suicide and attempted suicide are painful and dramatic aspects of human behavior, but this does not mean that they should not be dealt with in terms of the same basic principles as those applicable in understanding and managing any other aspect of human behavior. Thus, principles associated with concepts of agency, accountability, Atonement, eternal life, immortality, resurrection, and family establish the frame of reference Latter-day Saints use to guide their responses to such behaviors as they occur.

Despite traditions and beliefs that recognize and honor the ways in which value decisions led to the death and martyrdom of Jesus Christ and of Joseph Smith, there is no support in LDS doctrine for anyone intentionally seeking death. Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 3, Suicide

I’ll let the scriptures decide what we should say about individuals who commit suicide.

I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Ok, so lets say that some people WILL be able to gain heaven after suicide, then this scripture is a lie. Why? Well, it clearly says that “he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” If you have successfully committed suicide, what ever happened to waiting for the “way out so that you can stand”? You can’t stand in death can you?

Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Again, if some go to heaven while others go to hell after committing suicide, then this scripture is a lie as well. Why? Well, if I have suicidal thoughts, will not our GREAT GOD keep me in “perfect peace” if my mind is stayed on Him??? Answer this, do we serve a POWERFUL or POWERLESS GOD?

Judge for yourselves if the Latter Day Saints stance on suicide versus what thus saith the Lord in the Holy Scriptures is correct. If you still feel suicide is a gray matter, I suggest you not even attempt to find out what happens to the souls of those who kill themselves. (in other words, don’t you go killing yourself to see if you can make it in the gates of heaven) Instead, stand on the promises of God. If He clearly promised that He wont give you more than you can bear, you must believe it. If God clearly promised that He would never leave you nor forsake you, you must stand on that promise. If God clearly said that He will keep you in perfect peace, you have to trust that He will! I don’t care what Joseph Smith or the Latter Day Saints tell you in their little book of Mormon. You don’t answer to them, you answer to God who gives LIFE more abundantly! Amen?

Finally, a true death with dignity would respect life, see it as God’s gift, and fight to keep it. Fight on my dear brothers and sisters, fight on!

Using scripture as your basis, what are your comments?


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