Our expert says:
I know of no religion which approves of suicide, and many believe in a range of unpleasant consequences, some of them eternal, for doing so. I think the original thinking was that suicide is a vreach of the property rights of God --- that our lives belong to him, and that we should not destroy what basically is his, not fully ours. Also, perhaps, the idea that suicide implicitly and profoundly expresses a lack of faith, not only in life and in oneself, but also in the possibility that God will see to it that we get through whatever problems are making us feel so hopeless.
And Shaun, on likening it to murder, British law used to treat it very severely. Not that long ago, literally, a suicide might be buried at a cross-roads and in disgrace, and would be refused burial in any normal cemetary. And even when I was a young student, attempted suicide was a crime, and you might awake to find a policeman sitting patiently at your bedside ! It seemd an odd idea of a crime --- what would you do to someone who kept attempting suicide --- impose the death penalty ?
And as buttercup says, while we may not feel certain of whatever happens after death, we DO know that an act of suicide alwats creates Hell on earth for the family and survivors.
Caroline, it's important that your concerns be taken seriously --- but you really, really need to and deserve to, see a good local shrink, and explore this properly with someone who can work directly on this, with you.
On J's point about the arrogant "martyrs" who kill others, this isnt the place to raise levity. but has anyone re-read the piece going the rounds, of questions about all those virgins promises to the martyrs ?
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