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Theology of Suicide: Is is forbidden by the Divine, or a misconception?

ive read that theologians (St. Augustine and Aquinas) thought of suicide as against God's will basing, one, due to it's absence in nature, but there has been several cases to humans, and even lower forms of animals of suicide thus casting doubt that it is not a natural inclination. would it change their view had they been aware of the statistics, esp. back in the days when holy scriptures were written? Is it a misconception that it is an immoral and an unnatural act?

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You are seriously over thinking sweety. Suicide is self murder. God says 'do not murder'. Its one of His main commandments in bith the old and new testaments. What other animals do doesnt matter because God made humans higher than animals. We are set apart from other animals and are held to a higher standard than all other animals. Suicide is NOT unforgivable but it is wrong. It is a sin. And it IS displeasing to God. Our lives belong to God and are not ours to end at our pleasure. IF (big IF) suicide were now a 'natural' inclination its due to the advent of sin and death in the world, not natural to Gods intention for us. Suicide occures due to depression, hopelessness, fear - all of which are results of inherent sin in the world. Suicide is not of God or advocated by Him and it certainly isnt pleasing to Him. He can and will forgive it tho.

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So right!!! Awesome answer. :D
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Is it really murder if both parties consent?
Is it murder when you stop someone's suffering?
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Life is given by God and only God has the right to end it.
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but isnt that God also has the right to give us the right to end it on our own? How will we know if He bestowed it on an individual? Do we have the right to impede the sufferer if that's the case?
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God never said "do not murder". People used to claim "Do not kill" was one of His commandments, but it's not like "God" ever said anything.
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in the time of Shakespeare it was a sin so bad if you computed suicide you were burried with a stake through your heart,it was that unholy

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Of course it wasn't very common back then, because very few people had personal computers.
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whAt? did i miss something? i didn't see computers in the question
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It's in your answer.
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He got ya, Crow!
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sorry attack of autocorrect that was supposed to be attempted
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ha
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lol.
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Jehovah's witnesses who would rather die than be treated by the use of blood products fits the category of suicide. Jews consider that an offense to god. And while forbidden to eat pork they can take pork based medicine because it is in the preservation of life which is considered the greater good in the eyes of god according to their beliefs.

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Suicide is the murder of ones self, going against the God given mandate against murder listed in the ten commandments. I'd say it is most definitely forbidden.

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If suicide is committed (or computer, as Crow would say), and its caused by depression...depression is a mental health illness and not necessarily in your right mind. And if you're not in your right mind, how can God not forgive you?

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Suicide committed by someone who is truly mentally ill may not qualify as murder of ones self. Suicide just to duck responsibility may require a repeat performance since we each have a part to play, so just do it. Anyway, the issue is God's to decide.
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I agree.
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It would not change there minds and beliefs on the subject. I think they were just using that as an argument to support what the Bible clearly tells us about suicide. They could easily use another example if that one can not be used.
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I couldnt name any other animal that commits suicide like humans do.

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Whales, dolphins
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and there was this dog in 1845 that attempted it several times utnil it succeeded,
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“Jehovah has shown mercy to those fearing him. For he himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:10-14) Only God can fully understand the role of mental sickness, extreme stress, even genetic defects, in a “suicidal crisis,” which, the National Observer noted, “is not a lifetime characteristic [but] often a matter only of minutes or of hours.”—See Ecclesiastes 7:7.
Granted, one who takes his own life deprives himself of the opportunity to repent of his self-murder. But who can say whether one driven to suicide might have had a change of heart had his fatal attempt failed? Some notorious murderers have, in fact, changed and earned God’s forgiveness during their lifetime.—2 Kings 21:16; 2 Chronicles 33:12, 13.

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Thus, Jehovah, having paid “a ransom in exchange for many,” is within his right to extend mercy, even to some self-murderers, by resurrecting them and giving them the precious opportunity to “repent and turn to God by doing works that befit repentance.”—Matthew 20:28; Acts 26:20.
The Responsible, Scriptural View of Life
Life is a gift from God, not something to be abused or to end at one’s own hand. (James 1:17) Hence, the Scriptures encourage us to see ourselves, not as immortal souls, but as valuable creations of the God who loves us, who treasures our being alive, and who looks forward with joy to the time of the resurrection.—Job 14:14, 15.
Love strengthens our recognition that suicide—though evading one’s own burdens—only heaps more problems on loved ones left behind. As far as the one who rashly took his own life is concerned, we humans cannot judge as to whether he will get a resurrection or not. How reprehensible was he? God alone searches ‘all hearts and every inclination of the thoughts.’ (1 Chronicles 28:9) But we may be confident that ‘the Judge of all the earth is going to do what is loving, just, and right!’—Genesis 18:25.
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Simply put, suicide is a sin. It is never the right thing to take your own life. What does the Bible say about suicide? Don't do it! If you are an unbeliever, God is able to redeem your life and give you a true purpose for living through Jesus Christ. If you are a believer, God has already redeemed your life, and no matter how horrible your current circumstances, God can accomplish great things through the rest of your life.

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True.
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Seems like a waste. But -- there is no divine law against it.

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There was a large group of believers back in the day, who believed suicide was a short cut to heaven. They would Tie themselves together and jump off cliffs to Their deaths. This became such a problem, that in the year 347B.C. The church declared suicide a sin.the sin of suicide is not gods law it is a man mad law. of course one could argue that it's included in the commandment,"thou shalt not kill"

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interesting...
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