I came across this in my social media:
I have to say — that angers me.
To start with, there’s nothing ‘freeing’ about strangling yourself with a belt. In fact, as far as I know, there’s only one true freedom:
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36
Mother Theresa said this herself:
There is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead… I do not know how deeper will this trial go—how much pain and suffering it will bring to me. This does not worry me any more. I leave this to Him as I leave everything else. Let Him do with me whatever He wants as He wants for as long as He wants if my darkness is light to some soul…
I’m not making light of depression. I’m not disqualifying emotions, chemical imbalances, or anything of that sort. What I’m saying is that Robin Williams was a man who lived his life with a gift that he used to bring joy to others, but suffered so much that he felt he could no longer live another second in this world. In that horrible way of social media his death is being glorified and touted as “freedom”.
Suicide is NOTHING to glorify. Suicide is a horrible atrocity that absolutely destroys the people left behind. If another person had walked into his home and killed him, there would be shock, outrage, a call for laws to protect the innocent.
I’m so afraid that this gentle handling of the taking of one’s own life by a well-loved actor, especially someone who was an icon for many young adults as they were growing up, is going to encourage others to attempt suicide.
Don’t fall for it. Don’t let the lies of the great deceiver whisper into your year that ending your life is freeing. Don’t look at the happy and loving picture of a fictional cartoon character hugging another fictional cartoon character give you a happy glow about the thought of committing suicide.
Call someone. Call a help line. Call a pastor. Email a friend. Cry out for help.
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