The value of human life has significantly eroded in today’s modern world.The exposure in medical research laboratories, in soap operas that feed the psyche of millions ,and even in the music consumed by our teenagers. High standards that were placed on life before no longer exists with many people not even valuing their own lives.
Not only has there been an increase of various life threatening assaults against other people,but against themselves . Some people have assumed the right to end human life, there is a common thread that connects murder,suicide,infanticide, euthanasia and abortion (not talking about the politics of abortion) .
Although these moral issues have resurfaced increasingly in today’s society, they are not new, they have been addressed from ancient of days . God is the giver of life and the only One with the right to take it. Furthermore, because He is the One who has given life , human life has an enormously high value.
Genesis 2 :7 ” And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground , breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul “.
Suicide in Ancient times. The scriptures in a honest and straightforward way tell of suicides. Ahithophel ( 11 Samuel 17 :23 ),
Abimelech ( Judges 9 :54 )
Saul (1 Samuel 31: 4)
( Zimri (1 Kings 16 : 18 )
Judas Iscariot ( Matthew 27 : 5)
In these references in the Scriptures it does show that these individuals chose to take matters in their own hands in solving their personal problems. Like Job some had serious family and personal problems that drove them to desperate thoughts. In more rational moments they would not have considered suicide as the viable alternative. Abimelech,Saul,and Zimri their personal disobedience had put them in such critical situations that they chose suicide as an escape. Ahithophel and Judas were two dangerous betrayers, Ahithophel betrayed king David and ofcourse Judas we know betrayed Jesus.
There is also record of Job’s wife encouraging him to commit suicide as a way out of the series of tragedies that happened in the family ( Job 2:9 ). Job 7 :15 shows that Job did consider suicide during his ordeals but he chose to trust God and did not committ suicide. Elijah the prophet had suicidal desires but he too did not take his life.
Selfish, short -sighted “solutions”. Those who consider and chose suicide does it without thinking of their loved ones,family and friends. They consider suicide from a selfish short-sighted “solutions ” to whatever crises ,trauma in their life. They feel hopeless,desperate,no desire to live They are impatient and do not want to wait for God or man to supply the solution or help needed.
The persons who takes their own life actually rejects the divine Saviour or man’s help and attempts to be their own deliverer. The entire book of Job reminds us that crises can occur in anyone’s life suddenly and without any explanations. Life is full of surprises, setbacks uncertainties ,difficulties and even if you’re not Christian or a person of Faith, you must have the will to live no matter what obstacles or disappointments come your way.
Think long and hard at the word “suicide” if you would not kill another person no matter what the situation (not talking self-defense) so why kill yourself. Suicide is intentional,premeditated it is murdering yourself without facing a murder charge and going on trial. NO relationship,job soulmate, first love, grief,verbal or physical abuse is worth killing yourself. Tell yourself “this too shall pass ” and rise like the Phoenix. As for Christians we trust and wait on God while we watch and pray , change will come,God is faithful.