Saturday, September 06, 2008

Suicide vs Heaven

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.


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