Suicide

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Suicide
Unit 7: Medical Ethics
Suicide ­ the act of killing yourself with the deliberate intention of ending your life
Traditionally
Unforgivable sin that automatically stops someone from entering heaven
Up till the 19th century ­ suicide victims were refused to be buried in Churchyard
Legal after 1961
Churches AGAINST it because:
OR Christian's view on suicide:
1. Life is a gift from God and is to be taken away only by God. No one has the right to destroy it.
"If we live, we live to the Lord and if we die, we die to the Lord, so whether we live or die, we are
the Lord's." Romans 14:8
"Naked I came from my mother's womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord
has taken away." Job 1:21
The Sanctity of Life teaches that all human life is sacred and special and must be respected for we
have a divine spark and something of God in us.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit...?" 1st Corinthians 6:19
Everyone's body is the `Temple of Holy Spirit' ­ precious in God's sight
2. Killing yourself deliberately= murder = it is a sin (6th Commandment "Thou shall not murder."
Exodus 20:13)
3. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..."
Jeremiah 1:5
God forms each life with a plan, so suicide is a deliberate way to spoil God's plan = disrespectful.
4. "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be." Psalms 139:16
Each individual is known by God who plans our lives.
Life has dignity and moral values and belongs to God. God decides how long we should live.
Nowadays:
Not sin anymore
Recognize: suicide = result of unhappiness, not wickedness victims should be helped

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Suicide
The Samaritans
Founded by an Anglican priest Chad Varah
Believed that many suicides could be prevented if the victims have someone to talk to.…read more

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