“Making Sense of the Suicide of a Christian:” As a pastor, I can’t think of many things I like to do less than conduct the funeral of a believer who has committed suicide. The paradoxes pile up on top of each other. Describes the “themes that characterize the thought life and emotional disposition of someone who is suicidal,” but recognizes that descriptions are not explanations, and must fit in a larger biblical matrix of our existence as “created and covenantal beings.” Suicide is a sinful act, “and I am more than willing to discuss the sinful dimension of suicide with a depressed counselee.” Typical features include a sense of unendurable psychological pain, hopelessness in the face of problems, a sense of isolation, and the repetitive thought that suicide is the only way to escape the pain. Gives advice to counselors on what to say and do.
Making Sense of the Suicide of a Christian
Author: Jeffrey S. Black Date: January 02, 2000
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- Peace, be still: Learning Psalm 131 by Heart
- Making Sense of the Suicide of a Christian
- Review of Listening to Prozac by Kramer
- Dichotomy or Trichotomy? How the Doctrine of Man Shapes the Treatment of Depression
- The Valley of the Shadow of Death
- Medical Treatments for Depressive Symptoms
- How to Live by Truth (Not Feelings)
- Christian Doctors on Depression: Addam Masri, Andy Smith, James Schaller, Bob Smith Interviewed by Ed Welch