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Suicide and Euthanasia

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As human beings, we may sometimes feel depressed and think that life isn’t worth living. The feeling of despair and hopelessness, or suffering from an incurable or very painful illness, can sometimes lead to the desire to end one’s life.

However, no matter how despondent you feel as a result of emotional trauma, mental anguish or physical discomfort, ending your own life is a sin. This is called suicide:

Definition of suicide: the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally

Sometimes, when a loved one is in the throes of agony from a sickness without cure, we may feel it best to end their torment by facilitating their premature demise. This is known as euthanasia or assisted killing:

Definition of euthanasia: the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma

The Scriptures forbid murder or senseless killing (as opposed to self-defense or war), and suicide and euthanasia fall into this category.

The sixth commandment is:

“You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:13.

The Scriptures record several suicides:

Saul, Israel’s first king (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul’s armour bearer (1 Samuel 31:5), Ahithophel, King David’s counselor, Zimri, King of Israel (1 Kings 16:15:20), Judas, one of Master Yahshua’s twelve disciples (Matthew 27:3-5).

There are many reasons why people choose to end their lives — financial ruin; loss of a spouse, friend, child or relative; a wrecked reputation; a terminal disease; job loss; incarceration, failure to achieve a certain goal, an uncontrollable addiction; rape; exposure of intimate photographs or videos; bullying; peer pressure; feelings of inadequacy; end of a relationship; divorce; loneliness; guilt; shame…

Whatever it may be, it is against Almighty Yahweh, the Living God’s decrees to make that decision. Our lives are not our own to take:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

If you take your own life, there is no hope for salvation and eternal life. The wages of sin are death — spiritual death that leads to an eternity in hell. Despite the agony you may be experiencing, the best thing to do is persevere, pray, and confide in someone you trust… there’s always someone willing to listen.

Don’t isolate yourself or spend hours thinking about whatever is troubling you. You will never find the light if you remain in darkness.

Don’t convince yourself that no one cares about you or your problems.

Keep busy and be optimistic.

Do things that make you feel happy, eat your favourite foods, go for a walk.

If you’re confined to bed, read a book, rest and yes, have a good cry once in a while, but don’t sink to the level of self-pity and self-loathing.

Let your friends and family know that you need company and comfort.

If you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, let nature takes its course and hold on however painful it may get.

If you feel lonely, unwanted or unloved, remember that God loves you and wants the best for you.

If you have suddenly gone blind, deaf, lost a limb or been irreversibly scarred, remember that life goes on… you just have to adjust. Self-acceptance is the key to overcoming obstacles.

(see Where do we go when we die?, The Ten Commandments, The 12 Deadly Sins, The Great Deception and Wake Up! It’s 1984)

 

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Take No Prisoners

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“He who works the killing of a man’s soul, kills his own soul, and kills his own body, and there is no cure for him for all time.
He who puts a man in any snare, sticks it in himself, and there is no cure for him for all time.
He who puts a man in any vessel, his judgement will be great at the great judgement for all time.” Book of Enoch

Prison: A building (or vessel) in which people are legally held as punishment for crimes they have committed or awaiting trial.

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Being incarcerated is a terrible experience, locked up in tiny cells or damp dungeons — sometimes in chains — denied your freedom, separated from your loved ones and perhaps never able to see the sun or feel its warmth. Even worse if one is innocent of whatever misdeed one is accused of.

Here are links to photographs of prison conditions all over the world:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/22/world/cnnphotos-encerrados-south-american-prisoners/index.html

http://www.valeriobispuri.it/reportage/jails-sud-america/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/africa/south-africa-jail-mandela/index.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/21/asia/philippines-overcrowded-jail-quezon-city/index.html

Our Heavenly Father Almighty Yahweh does not support imprisonment. In the Scriptures, we see that whenever the Hebrew judges solved disputes and anyone had committed a crime that could not be atoned for, they were sentenced to death either by stoning or by the sword; after consultation with Yahweh, or forced into labour but not imprisoned. Likewise for all prisoners of war, they were put to the sword, as Yahweh commanded.

It is wrong and cruel to confine and enslave your fellow man — prisons were an evil practice of the Gentiles who worshipped Satan and the other fallen angels (see The Great Deception, Pagan gods and Pagan feasts); Joseph was imprisoned by the Egyptians, and later on this system of justice was introduced to the Hebrews by the Romans.

There are even those who keep men, women and children as sex slaves, sweatshop slaves, commercial slaves, industrial slaves and domestic slaves, subjecting them to inhumane conditions and torture — ‘the killing of a man’s soul’ — as human trafficking booms.

The only prison man is decreed by heaven to ever have to live in is hell — the eternal jail — and this sentencing will be executed by the Great and Ultimate Judge, Yahweh Almighty.

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life; the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” Revelation 20:12

“And the heavens declare His righteousness, for Yahweh Himself is Judge.” Psalm 76:8-9

“For Yahweh is our Judge, Yahweh is our Lawgiver, Yahweh is our King, He will save us.” Isaiah 66:16

“For Yahweh will execute judgement by fire, and by His sword on all flesh; and those destroyed by Yahweh will be many.” 2 Timothy 4:8

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One Who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you to judge your neighbour?” Judges 11:27

“Do not complain, brothers, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; see, the Judge is standing right at the door.” Isaiah 3:13

“For we know Him Who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.’ And again, ‘Yahweh will judge His people.’” Deuteronomy 32:36

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3