Jürgen Moltmann on Responding to Suicide

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Robin Williams. Image By Eva Rinaldi, via Wikimedia Commons

The internet has seen no shortage of opinions on the subject of suicide in the wake of Robin Williams’ recent passing – some more helpful than others.  A few years ago I attended the funeral of an old church youth group friend, who had committed suicide in his late twenties. It was the first of such funerals I’ve attended (and so far, the only one). After the service, I ran into my old Sunday School teacher, who years earlier had taught both myself and the deceased how to memorize Bible verses (he actually made it fun, and I count him as an early major influence on me becoming the Bible and theology geek that I am today!). It didn’t take long for me to discover that he had a strong opinion about this death: Scripture clearly teaches that suicide is self-murder. And despite what others might have said in the service, self-murder is the type of final act which certainly has a bearing on your eternal destiny.

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