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Jeremy Crooks

Jeremy grew up in Sydney Australia. He has tertiary qualifications in business, training, and Bible. With experience in both church ministry and corporate human resources, Jeremy has a strong interest in how faith is demonstrated in our homes and workplaces. You can contact Jeremy at jeremy@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for your thoughts on this topic Jeremy.

    I am concerned that some of the things you said could be directly and severely damaging to some of our readers if not clearly understood.

    Could you clarify in what sense suicide is a “grey area”? I’m concerned that this could be easily misunderstood by those who are tempted in this area (especially young people) to suggest that suicide is not necessarily sinful or to downplay the massive damage such a decision has on those around such a person.

    I’m confident you don’t mean to endorse suicide at any level, but a few words of public clarification would be greatly appreciated.

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    Jeremy Crooks

    Hi Jason,

    Suicide is damaging and anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts should seek a trusted and supportive friend for counsel.

    My comment is that suicide is no more a sin than any other sin. Some have taught (particularly in the Catholic church, but not limited to there) that if someone commits suicide that they are not going to heaven or they could not have been a child of God. That is far from the truth.

    In regards to my saying it is a grey area, I was particularly thinking of end of life (aged issues). Choosing to end one’s own life is far different to choosing to end someone else’s life. They grey area comes when we look at the means of death. e.g Did they slit their wrists, not follow the doctors lifestyle suggestions, or take a little too much medication? I don’t have all the answers, but in our increasingly complex world, we have more ethical dilemma’s in this area.

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    Jason Harris

    Got it. I agree. Thanks for those clarifications. =)

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    Greg Gorton

    As someone who has on multiple times attempted suicide and am severely grateful to my merciful God that he kept me alive to continue the work he has planned for me here on earth, I believe that suicide does not send you to hell, but it is a sin in that it prevents you from doing God’s will. That said, I see suicide as being “doing an active action that leads to death” rather than “passively avoiding an action that may sustain your life” and that one should consider killing oneself as not always “suicide” just as killing another may not always be “murder”.

    As to voluntary Euthanasia, I struggle to believe that anyone is in a position where they wish to die greatly enough but can not practically do so (other in the “pull the cord” situation as discussed above”). If they need “that extra push” then they don’t have the full drive necessary and should not be given it. God is holding them back from the need drive for a reason.

    In all other ways I agree with what has been said here and am VERY supportive of the fact that it has been brought up to be discussed in a proper, Christian fashion, despite its controversy.

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    Jason Harris

    @Greg,

    I really appreciated your comment on several levels, particularly your view of how God fits into the picture of your past struggles.

    Your distinction between active/passive was very helpful, as was your comparison to killing/murdering. For instance, is it suicide to throw yourself on a grenade that’s been lobbed into a crowd of people? I think we’d all recognise that this active act of “self-killing” is not suicide, but is rather selfless and heroic. I think these distinctions provide a helpful framework for assessing other more complex situations.

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    Elizabeth

    interesting post. I am interested in your thoughts about premature babies and the often expensive and major surgeries they are subjected to in order to keep them alive. I have a 3 month old and fortunately he was born at 42 wks and not 25 weeks or thereabouts. In the Netherlands, a baby born at 24 wks is left without any medical attention to assist it to survive. If it is born 1 wk later, they will hook it up to machines, give it open heart surgery etc etc. What do you think about leaving premature babies to die? My husband and I discussed this recently and I just could not imagine having to make a decision like heart surgery or worse for a 25 wk old baby. Hmm.

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      Jeremy Crooks

      Hi Elizabeth

      Wow. I am struggling with those same questions. As someone who believes that life begins at conception, I think wherever we draw the line is arbitrary. It does seem unfair that the rich can support premature babies with medical technology, but the poor cannot. I try to see it as a blessing for those who can afford it. Yet, we have a problem when we expect that level of health care to be universal. It is not financially possible. I am not sure that the absence or withdrawal of medical technology for life is a moral issue. It is just a reality of the fragility of life in general. Happy to hear other thoughts.

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