sincerely, kryz

28th of March 2023

28th of March 2023

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Dear Reader,

hi. i found a snippet from dr. sproul’s book from a friend on facebook (thanks, justine!), and want to share it to you too. this is a direct quote from the late dr. sproul.

What happens to those who commit suicide?

By: Dr. R.C. Sproul (SURPRISED BY SUFFERING)

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Historically the church has taken a dim view of suicide. However, many people do, in fact, kill themselves.

I was once asked on a television talk show whether people who commit suicide could go to heaven. I answered with a simple yes. My answer caused the switchboard to light up like a Christmas tree. The host also shocked by my response.

I explained that suicide is nowhere identified as an unforgivable sin. We do not know with any degree of certainty what is going through a person’s mind at the moment of suicide. It is possible that suicide is an act of pure unbelief, a succumbing to total despair that indicates the absence of any faith in God. On the other hand, it may be the sign of temporary or prolonged mental illness. Or it may result from a sudden wave of severe depression. (Such depression can be brought on by organic causes or by the unintentional use of certain medications.)

One psychiatrist remarked that the vast majority of people who committed suicide would not have done so had they waited twenty-four hours. Such an observation is conjecture, but it is based on numerous interviews of people who made serious unsuccessful attempts at suicide and subsequently recovered from their overwhelming discouragement.

The point is that people commit suicide for a wide variety of reasons. The complexity of the thinking process of a person at the moment of suicide is known comprehensively by God alone. Therefore, God alone is able to render a fair and accurate judgement on any person. Ultimately, an individual’s salvation is dependent on whether he or she has been united to Christ by faith alone. The fact remains that genuine Christians are capable of succumbing to a tidal-wave of depression.

Though we must seek to discourage people from suicide, we leave those who have done it to the mercy of God.

this issue has been a long debate within the christian community, and i too, thought about it. i graduated with a degree of bachelor of arts in psychology, and currently pursuing to be a clinical psychologist, and to be a believer and be sandwiched with this mental issue and sin issue is quite a difficult thing to weigh on at times. maybe it is safe to say i am taking my stand with dr sproul (who is a theologian himself) in regards with this issue. the part where he said,

“One psychiatrist remarked that the vast majority of people who committed suicide would not have done so had they waited twenty-four hours. Such an observation is conjecture, but it is based on numerous interviews of people who made serious unsuccessful attempts at suicide and subsequently recovered from their overwhelming discouragement.”

DR. RC SPROUL (SURPRISED BY SUFFERING)

true. no one on their right mind will think of getting rid of themselves. that is why it is important to take good care of our mental health. we should know how to weigh rational between irrational thoughts as these can be gateways for good and bad thinking that is crucial for our behavior. our mind is a highly functioning organ same as the other organs in our body. so if it has defects, there will be low functioning as well. this is a good reminder for us to take extra care of our minds and not to overlook the things we find emotionally and mentally discomforting.

please have a gentle night. hugs with consent!

grace be upon you.

Sincerely,

Kryz.

if you want to order the book:

https://www.ligonier.org/store/surprised-by-suffering-hardcover

hebrews 11:16

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