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According the Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae; The Gospel of Life (1995), the request from someone to help them commit suicide comes from a place of despair, but ultimately it is a request for “companionship, sympathy, and support in a time of trial.” It is a “plea for help to keep on hoping when all human hopes fail.” Facing death makes us face our humanity more acutely, our human instincts detest death and suffering.

Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin, is death.” According to the bible, death was a direct result of sin. It was not part of God’s original plan, when Jesus conquered death, he gave us back hope in the promise of the resurrection of our bodies. Subjectively, suicide is gravely immoral. It rejects love for oneself and our duty of justice and love towards the people and communities we are a part of. Suicide is a rejection of “God’s absolute sovereignty over life and death.” (Evangelium Vitae). Wisdom 16:13 “You have power over life and death; you can bring a person to the brink of death and back again.”

According to Ryan Anderson (2015), classifying any group of people as eligible to be murdered is a violation of our nation’s equity laws. It judges the “worth” of one life compared to another. Our right to life can never by in harmony with suicide and therefore we don’t have the right to make ourselves die.

I agree that suicide is always immoral, a grave sin against oneself that goes against our very nature. I believe we are meant to complete the whole journey, like running a race, the last few miles are difficult but a part of what makes us complete. 2 Tim 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” When we keep the faith amidst great suffering, we are uniting our suffering with Christs and finishing our race, we can’t cut short this journey, we not only shortchange God, we shortchange ourselves and those around us.


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