by Daniel John Lee
As a Bible believer, the selfish suicide of Robin Williams has sickened me. But what has sickened me even more, is how the culture and media have responded to it.
Because the Bible shapes my world-view, I accept the reality that suicide is murder — the murdering of one’s self. It is a heinous act — cowardly, selfish and completely sinful. Suicide is spoken of on more than one occasion throughout the Biblical text and always shows its to be a horrible, unforgivable act of sin. In fact, in many ways suicide is worse than murdering someone else. After all, it is within the realm of possibility that if a person chooses to murder another, that murderer could perhaps still find salvation at a later time, and repent of his actions. Not so the murderer of ones own self. If ever there was an unpardonable sin, it is suicide. When a person chooses to murder himself, he literally dies in the act of committing a sin. Because the Bible is clear that it is appointed once unto man to die, and then the judgment — suicide prevents any chance for that person to later find repentance and salvation. In effect, the person who chooses suicide is choosing eternal death. Don’t blame the writer for this view — I am merely restating exactly what the Biblical text states about the subject.
Yet what have we heard incessantly from the media and the culture? How wonderful a man Robin Williams was. How he lived a life of giving to so many people. How his suicide, while tragic, was merely the effect of a disease called depression, which Robin Williams simply could not defeat. In effect, the media and culture have conspired to show Robin Williams as an innocent victim. And yet, just the opposite is true.
Depression is not a disease. Depression is the result of not giving one’s heart to the King of Kings — YahShua of Nazareth. Suicide is not an accident — it is the selfish choice of an individual to hurt those who love him most by running away from his problems. Robin Williams is not a victim — he is a murderer, and forever will be known as a murderer in the Halls of Eternal Justice — despite what the majority of Americans may now feel.
And what have we seen over the past several days? Shepherd Smith of Fox News was initially brave enough to call Robin Williams’ suicide an act of cowardice but came under such an onslaught of vitriol, he later back peddled and apologized. That’s where we are as a nation. News anchors have to apologize for Truth because it offends so many people.
Rush Limbaugh rightly noted on his radio program that just a generation ago, before the vast deluge of political correctness had drowned this nation, it was commonly accepted by most Americans that when someone committed suicide, it was an act of cowardice and unmitigated selfishness. It was frowned upon, and most were disgusted by those who did such a horrid thing. But not now. Now, as the psycho-babble of the pseudo-science of psychology has taken control of this culture, we don’t even recognize Truth anymore. And let me be clear: most forms of psychology are merely man’s ways of trying to explain the human experience without wanting to consent to the Bible or its Author. Instead, we comfort ourselves with meaningless platitudes, desperately trying to justify an act of self-murder, and removing all responsibility for such an act by claiming a made up disease causes such suffering.
I realize some, if not most reading this article, may dismiss me as some cold hearted, idiotic Bible thumper who simply does not understand the complexities of modern life. But if anyone should know what depression is like, it would be me. My wife of nearly a decade turned away from God, became an atheist, and after divorcing me, manipulated the courts into cutting me off from my six children, whom I’ve not been able to so much as write a letter to for nearly four years. Talk about depressing. But why did this “disease” not claim me? Indeed, I’ve heard of many stories of men who have gone through similar ordeals as me, losing their families, and have chosen what Robin Williams chose, allowing their depression to drive them into that unthinkable act. And what made me different?
Let me give you a clue — it had nothing to do with some chemical imbalance of the brain. It had everything to do with the fact that, unlike Robin Williams and the others I mentioned — I have chosen to fully submit my heart and will to YahShua the Messiah of Israel. He, and He alone has brought me through the darkest of times, giving me purpose and joy even through the most painful of ordeals.
I’m not suggesting my personal life is an exact replica of Robin Williams. I would never suggest such a thing. I don’t know the man. But what I am saying is that just like him, I’ve had to wrestle with depression — as have millions upon millions of people since the time Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden — but what keeps someone from allowing depression to drive one to suicide has nothing to do with going to the right rehab hospital or taking the right drug — but has everything to do with complete and total submission to Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
And that, my fellow readers, is the lesson we should all learn from this tragic event.
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
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