Suicide is a very stigmatizing act. Fortunately, it is being more and more seen from a pastoral way than a condemning way. While it can contain elements of the sin of despair, modern psychology is showing more than not, it is a mental issue revolving around a deep depression. In essence, it is a sickness.
The article, “What does the Bible say about suicide?” by Jim Denison takes a closer and theological look at the sinful history and nature it can have but also its inherent relation to pathological state of mind. In this, Christianity is less harsh on this “unforgivable” sin as maybe in the past. This is not only good news for the deceased but also for the state of the mind of the family who endures this horrible cross. The article states,
“More people die from suicide than from homicide in America. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged fifteen to twenty-four and is most common among those aged sixty-five and older. Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed. In the last half-century, the suicide rate among adolescents and young adults has nearly tripled.”
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Hence a theological as well as a pastoral standard are needed when dealing with suicide and the family. Grief Counseling, Crisis Counseling, as well as Christian Counseling are all important disciplines in helping those facing suicide or families who have been hurt by the act itself
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