DEATH AND LIFE AFTER DEATH
Does suicide always lead to hell?
Statistics show that the number of suicides is on the increase. Too many people, mostly young, commit suicide! Confronted with life's most devastating failures, like the bitter grief of a broken love or the anxiety of an insecure future, many escape the easy way by choosing the immediate and radical solution of suicide. Especially when they do not feel that they are supported by steadfast values, Christian principles and faith in God!
In a pagan world, suicide is rampant because of the void created by God's absence from the life of men, women and youth. It is up to us to fill up the void!
Some people take it upon themselves to make suicide easier. In some countries, there are organizations that assist individuals who plan on taking their own life. There are doctors who, unfortunately, offer their help to those who want to commit suicide. Of course, that is contrary to God's law.
It is obvious that God alone is the Master of life and that consequently it is forbidden to kill even oneself. In itself, objectively, suicide is a serious sin, a mortal sin.
Does it necessarily lead to Hell? I cannot be positive about this when I consider suicide subjectively, I mean in the actual situation of the suicidal person. At the crucial moment of decision, that person's judgment is easily impaired by the depth of the crisis he faces, and his will is consequently weakened to such a degree that he may not be sufficiently responsible. God alone can be the judge of that!
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