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Thursday, November 08, 2012


Does God Forgive Suicides?
 
As you know the RC church call suicide a sin. They do not say God won’t forgive the person who takes his own life. I do not know what they do say about God’s forgiveness for them.
 
They do say that one must follow one's conscience. If the person commits self killing out of conscience, then I suppose it can’t be a sin.
 
In Anglicanism is there is not hard and fast ethical position about suicide. Some would take the RC line. Others would not.
 
My own view is that if a person chooses to commit suicide that is up to him and God. I would hope a person who contemplates suicide should talk it over with a priest or therapist to make sure that the desire to kill one’s self is not just depression – which can be treated. But if a person is in intractable pain and wants to die he should do all he can to end his life, with or without help. But finally any decision for any reason is up to the person.
 
I believe that there is nothing you can do –including suicide or even murder- that would stop God from loving and forgiving you.
 
I do believe God loves and forgives us no matter what.

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