ORIGINAL POST — Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God has posted on his blog the question “Does the Bible condemn suicide?” He uses a comment he received to a recent thread on euthanasia–
“In the Bible, there are six recorded suicides. In none of these is there any implication that God condones or condemns, that they went to hell, although he doesn’t encourage them either, any of them.”
–to invite his readers to focus their comments on the Bible and suicide in general:
I would love to know what those six recorded suicides were … I would love the specific references … and I would love to know if Bible readers and serious Bible students agree with the above statement.
For context, Walsch points out that the previous thread “produced a slew of responses.”
I read every one of them, and found them all, every one, to be extraordinarily interesting. In the survey I took, nearly 85% of respondants chose Answer B: God is essentially neutral in the matter of assisted suicide … or any suicide, for that matter. The second largest response was for Answer A: God says it is okay. The smallest number of responses … only a handful, including multiple and continuing posts from one person … chose Answer C: God says it is “wrong.”
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