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Jeffrey S. Black. Suicide: Understanding and Intervening.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 1st 2003. 34 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is a biblical counseling booklet on suicide that is a part of a series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  I highly recommend this series of booklets and I have found them very beneficial for my own personal spiritual growth and also as a resource in pastoral ministry.  The specific topic for this booklet is on suicide.  The booklet addresses those intervening and counseling someone who is struggling with wanting to commit suicide rather than addressing directly the person who desire to end his or her own life.  I made the mistake of not reading the subtitle of this work carefully and gave this to someone I was counseling that was feeling suicidal.  Nevertheless when I read this booklet I felt it was a treasure trove of help for the counselor and is jam packed with many insights despite its tiny size.

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How to Commit Suicide?

This piece of article is written by SlimJim and especially in light of his message at the UCLA Bible Study. If you want to kill your-self because of life’s challenges and sufferings, let SlimJim’s article help you to die to your-flesh and be alive in Christ.

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How to Commit the Most Successful Suicide?

Attention to all those who wants to commit suicide. If you’re not one of them, read this in case you ever need it. Then pass this along to friends and family member. Especially towards those who might be flirting with the thoughts of suicide. May this tip offer successful suggestions for those in their endeavor.

Problems right now in your life?

Even as the author writes this, the thoughts of the situation with his potential audience floods his mind. Who are you and what is the circumstance you are going through right now? Is there family problem? Daddy’s leaving…mom’s getting a divorce…older brother dies…sister’s pregnant…the list could go on. Other relationship problem? Your boy friend turns out to be cheating…girl friend wants to go out with another guy…stuck in an ugly relationship…breakups…you name it, many of you claimed it!!!

The writer here is no psychologist, hence there’s no answer from psychology here. Missing in this message is also any One-eight-hundred numbers for you to get a hold of any counselor to speak to. The solution of going to court to sue someone for damaging your mental state is foreign to the author. He’s no lawyer to give you any legal consulting.

How Eager are You?

Again may you be asked: how eager are you to commit suicide? Enough to pull out a gun and hold the trigger firmly? Driven to the point of such despair as to stand at the edge of a cliff and stare below soberly? Enough to commit suicide for real? Maybe the concept of suicide is not something you flirt with but is all too possible. Perhaps you are not held hostage by the idea of fear. Of fear of pain. Of fear of death. Of fear of the unknown. Or maybe you need some more bad news to spur you on towards suicide. You need to have more bad news of the awful state you are in. In such a case, this author would be much obliged to assist.

Lie to Yourself… Go ahead

Look inside yourself and examine yourself openly and honestly.

Of course, you don’t have to if you just want to deceive yourself.

How wretched are you? Your baggage of issues…how many of them have been the product of SIN? Or even inter-mingled with evil or wrong desires? Your issues…have they gave birth to illicit and malicious thoughts or actions? Perhaps revenge you have taken. Perhaps you have carried for quite some time a nearly unforgivable grudge against someone for something in the past.

You only choke yourself miserably and make your inner self all vile with the ugly reality of what you really are: A wretched sinner. Of course, some would accuse that this message as absurd and mean-spirited, that you are not wrong for this and that problems in your life…but what of those issues that you have wronged in?

Don’t think this message is to stop you from death. Its opening purpose has been very clear. DEATH.

If you want a reason to be miserable to commit suicide, here’s one:

As a sinner, you are going to hell for your wrongdoings.

Legally, (except in Oregon and the Netherlands) and to avoid the possibility of being sued, this author can’t go over how to use theoretical Euthanasia technique with a rifle. Nor should this author warn that in slitting one’s veins in the arm, slicing perpendicular to one’s finger rarely works.

If you are so eager, so desperate and out to do anything in your state of suicidal thoughts meditate on this verse:

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” (Romans 6:8)

What does it mean to die with Christ? “To die to your sinner self” (cf. Romans 6:6).

This death is with Jesus Christ. You die to him, just as He died for your sins. Here lies the method of the most successful suicide: You die to your old self and unlike sitting in a garage with a running car, there is something good to your death: You will live again and forever (cf. John 3:16)!!! To die to your old sinner self is to repent from your sins, not pulling the trigger. It is to acknowledge your sins and that God should have punished you in Hell but now spared you when you “died? to your sins by accepting Jesus Christ.

The ironic truth of the matter is, just as Jesus Christ died physically and raised physically from the dead, it is not impossible that you can die spiritually to your sins and be raised again to really live a spiritual life with God and Christ. Only then would you really begin to live. To commit the most successful suicide (to repent from your sins) go to the “How to accept Jesus Christ? page.

Important Note.

It is important that you seek help. Call the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation for resources. Jeffrey Black’s book is one of the many books that will provide help and intervention.

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