‘Suicide’ In The News: *Updated 7-29-2019
- States allowing Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)
- June 18, 2019.
- 2019 (assisted suicide) Updates.
- Ethics involved in ‘assisted suicide’ AMA.
- Death by harvesting organs?
- “Assisted suicide critic” ‘Death is not compassionate care’
- “NJ clears 1st hurdle to make assisted suicide legal“
- “Nation’s Capital Approves Assisted Suicide” (the vote: 11-2)
- “The God of the Bible is a God of life, not death. All forms of euthanasia, also known as mercy killing and assisted suicide, are considered the same as acts of murder in the Bible.”–Read more from Betty Miller.
- Death by intentional self-harm is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. ¹
- “In more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives; Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them; Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death.”–¹
- 2016: In America, “Suicide was the second leading cause of death for age group 10–24 (17.3% of deaths)” ¹ ² ³
- Are drug overdoses and suicides related? ¹ ² “We have a major mental health crisis underway in America, and it’s very much underestimated when we think of suicides and drug intoxication deaths as different phenomenon.” ¹ Professor Ian Rockett, West Virginia University. “The dramatic rise in opioid addiction also can’t be overlooked, experts say, though untangling accidental from intentional deaths by overdose can be difficult; The CDC has calculated that suicides from opioid overdoses nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014, and data from a 2014 national survey showed that individuals addicted to prescription opioids had a 40 percent to 60 percent higher risk of suicidal ideation; Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them.”– ¹
- In 2016, 44,965 Americans died by suicide, ¹ and in 2017, “more than 70,000 died from drug overdoses.” ¹
- “Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017.” (CDC)
- “American deaths by alcohol, drugs, suicide broke record in 2017, study finds.”–Ann W. Schmidt; Fox News; 3-6-19.
- 3-5-3019: “Veteran suicide is a tragedy of staggering proportions. Hard to believe an average of 20 veterans and service members take their lives every single day.”–President Donald Trump. “Trump signs executive order aimed at lowering veterans’ suicide rate.”–Anna Hopkins | Fox News; 3-5-2019.
“There is little exercise for faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace Him, this is the patience of the saints. Blessed Saviour! how sweet it is to look unto Thee, the Author and Finisher of faith, in such moments!”–Matthew Henry; 1662-1714.
The Bible mentions self-murder:
- Saul, rather than being captured by the Philistines, took his own life. As did his armor bearer.
- Abimelech, Ahithophel, Judas Iscariot ¹ and Zimri, were also self-murderers.
- “We must not injure another in his body. The life is the most precious thing; and God hath set this Commandment as a fence about it, to preserve it.”
- Self Murder: “Thou shalt not hurt thy own body. One may be guilty of self-murder, either (1) Indirectly and occasionally; as, first, when a man thrusts himself into danger which he might prevent. Secondly, a person may be in some sense guilty of his own death, by neglecting the use of means. If sick, if he hath received a wound and will not apply balsam, he hastens his own death. Thirdly, by immoderate grief: “the sorrow of the world worketh death”; when God takes away a dear relation, and one is swallowed up with sorrow. How many weep themselves into their graves!”
- “Fourthly, by intemperance, excess in diet. Surfeiting shortens life; “more die of it than by the sword”; many dig their grave with their teeth; too much oil chokes the lamp; (2) One may be guilty of self- murder, directly and absolutely. First, by envy. Envy corrodes the heart, dries up the blood, rots the bones; “envy is the rottenness of the bones.” It is to the body, as the moth to the cloth, it eats it, and makes its beauty consume; envy drinks its own venom. Second, by laying violent hands on himself, and thus he is felo de se; as Saul fell upon his own sword and killed himself.”
- “The Lord has placed the soul in the body, as in a prison; and it is a sin to break open this prison till God opens the door.”
- “A man’s self is most near to him, therefore this sin of self-murder breaks both the law of God, and the bonds of nature.”
Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary:
KILL, verb transitive
“To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means. To kill an animal or a plant, is to put an end to the vital functions, either by destroying or essentially injuring the organs necessary to life, or by causing them to cease from action.”
“SELF-MUR’DER, noun [self and murder.] The murder of one’s self; suicide.”
- Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
- Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
- 1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
“The Temple of God”–“the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
- 2 Corinthians 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
- Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
- Psalm 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
- Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts
- Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
- 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
- 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
- Revelation 14:12-13 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
- James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. Job 3:20-26
- Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
- Job 14:4 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
- Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
- Job 33:19-21 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
Commentary: “Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had no prospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he was in an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it be our constant care to get ready for another world, and then leave it to God to order our removal; as He thinks fit. Grace teaches us in the midst of life’s greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live.
A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for he has not lost his enjoyment of God, nor his title to heaven; nay, he is happy because he is afflicted. Correction mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees. Making a wound is sometimes part of a cure.”–Matthew Henry; 1662-1714.