Saturday, September 06, 2008
A man came to a priest and said: “I have a tremendous, almost irresistible impulse to kill myself. If I do, will I burn in Hell?”
What should the priest say? If he says, “No, of course not. G-d is merciful. He knows that you couldn’t help yourself.” (all of which is true), I wouldn’t bet on that poor man going another day without taking his life.
On the other hand, the priest might say:
“To kill yourself is to commit murder.
I've seen much evil caused by well meaning priests trying to console grieving families. I'm with number two here.