Depression and suicide
The recent suicide of Robin Williams has caused our nation to focus attention on this problem. As a Christian I am afraid of people saying that Robin is at peace almost condoning the act. People refer to him now making jokes with God and making him happy. It is important to remember that the commandment "You shall not murder" also refers to not murdering self. I know the Bible points out that God is the judge. Judgment on Robin is done by God, not by us. I have been close to people who have committed suicide. In fact, this has happened twice in my life. I began to doubt myself and wonder if there was something I could have done differently. It is an act that at times takes place in a split second, although many contemplate it a long time. Many even write suicide notes to explain their actions.
I am giving some passages that I believe establish life principles. What do they say to you?
Psalm 31: 5
Job 12: 12
Hebrews 12: 5-11
Romans 8: 28
I John 4: 8
Exodus 20: 13
Psalm 90: 10
Recently Doctors and Scientists have determined that these conditions physically change how your brain does business. Almost as if one had ingested some drug or chemical that leads to misery.
I feel that it's honestly not clear if their actions are truly their own. How does this impact culpability for self murder (suicide)? I surely don't know.
Since I can't give a clear answer I'll pose another question on the topic - e.g. King Saul - '...hold out my sword that I may run upon it.' Suicide for honor? Suicide in combat? Some soldiers carry pistols - useless on the battlefield but useful in situations where they might be captured and tortured, or alternately, if they are wounded in some particularly horrible fashion.
I recently heard that a friend who'd been suffering with MS may have hastened his own demise. What should I think of that? I don't know what to do about that but pray.
I've assumed in both cases that the Lord might judge them on their faith despite that. Trouble is, I'm not finding scriptural support for that supposition.
I guess the bottom line is nobody should want their very last action on earth, the last thing they do before facing the judgment; to be a sin!