What is someone supposed to do if they're Jewish and reading your page about suicide? What about a Muslim, or perhaps a Hindu? I mean, probably a good amount of the blue who read that page are actually contemplating suicide and you're trying to shove your religion down they're throat. Maybe your page will even convince them that they have lead their entire life completely wrong because they never accepted Jesus as their savior. Great. Yet another thing to make them feel worse. What the hell kind of message are you trying to send?
My response is in Green:
Thanks for writing me. You asked what kind of message I am trying to send. I hope it is a message of hope, but having been a Deputy Sheriff I know some people are not going to accept that hope and will commit suicide anyway. I try to be realistic and by doing so I have to try to cover all the bases. Whether you like it or not and whether I like it or not does not change the truth. The truth according to the Bible is that anyone who dies without having accepted the free gift of salvation offered by the death of Jesus Christ for their sins, and His further resurrection, will be lost for eternity. It does not matter whether they are Jewish, or Muslim, or Hindu... Jesus Christ is the ONLY way. Should I lie to these people about what I believe so that I don't hurt their feelings? That would be stupid, it would be like saying; I don't want to hurt your feelings so I will stand by as you send yourself to hell and not say anything. (Matthew 25:41 NIV) "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:46 NIV) "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
That is not how I have been taught to show love for others. You may disagree with me on theology, but you need to know that I believe this with all my heart and therefore, I have no choice but to try to convince people that accepting Jesus as their savior is the only way they will be able to be reconciled to God. (John 3:16 NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:36 NIV) Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
Jesus is also their only hope of really truly being happy in this world. They would not be contemplating suicide if they were satisfied and happy. I know where real joy comes from. I did not write my suicide page out of boredom, I wrote it out of experience. I have been there and found what real joy and freedom mean. I agree my message might make some people feel worse, but I trust the Holy Spirit to deal with those people and give them a chance to know salvation. If they reject Jesus, well at least they had a chance and made their own choice.
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