AOW has a post about Robin Williams, so I guess it's not too late to say something.
My wife was listening to a prominent Christian radio show the other day, as she does every day.
I don't have a link to a podcast of the show, but she says that she heard a therapist, who had been working with Williams shortly before his death, say that Williams had accepted Jesus as his Savior.
Now, some of you may see a problem with that.
You only need to do it once.
And, I find it a little odd that a man would come out and reveal that about a client/patient when the patient didn't, but another side hopes it's true nonetheless.
Yet Robin killed himself.
Historically, suicide has been considered a sin, even a (pardon the pun) deadly sin.
Send you to hell type of sin.
There was quite some discussion about this while Kervorkian was active.
The reason, is that we get right with God through faith in His deliverance of us, and not our own works.
To say that you go to heaven on your own effort is to refuse the free gift of God (salvation).
to say that you must add your own works to the mix, is to denigrate God's free gift, saying it is not enough.
To not have faith is to condemn yourself.
The argument on suicide as spiritual suicide is to say that you have given up faith in God to deliver you.
But if delivery from sin is a spiritual issue, then what is delivery from physical pain?
Is it spiritual?
Had a talk with a couple guys at work today about this (who asked my opinion).
I told them:
If I knew I was going to die a painful death, and I did not expect God to deliver me from the pain:
If I killed myself having faith that Jesus died for my sins and broke the hold of hell on my life and that I'd be with Him, does my lack of faith in him to heal me physically, overcome my faith that he will welcome me to heaven?
I view (from the comfort of my relative good health) suicide as a form of desertion of my post.
Yet, what if a servant felt relieved of duty? Who am I to challenge that?
My dad longed for weeks for God to take him.
But he waited to be taken.
His widow feels the same way.
But she's waiting to be taken.
What of the person, so tormented, mentally or physically, that they are impatient and can't wait?
Is the impatience the sin?
We all have many sins.
Or at least some.
All are deadly.
The one that's deadliest is to refuse God's free gift.
I'd like to think that God (Who was merciful to us sinners to send His Son, "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life") is not as picky as we might think He is.
That if someone had a mental problem (Alzheimer's, depression, etc.) or an imprecise notion of theology, that He would still recognize their faith in Jesus as their Savior.
What say you?