Saturday, April 2, 2011

So, Ultimately...Where?

I thank each of you who have been patiently reading about Linda Ireland's death, Gordon's mishap and other information relating to both.  Today, is the final entry discussing this topic.  While I'm sure this probably makes you very happy, I felt it needed to be said.

As you read yesterday, it is possible that Linda accidently fell into the Detroit River.  After all, if it could almost happen to Gordon while in a state where he wasn't totally in control of himself, it is possible it could have happened to her.  The difference being that there was no one there to help rescue Linda, if this was the case, as there had been for Gordon, that fortunate day.

So what is so important about this?  Well, it brings up the subject of suicide vs accidental death.

Some people believe that if someone commits suicide that person will not go to heaven, because it is sinful to end one's own life.  It may not quite be what people sometimes think.  This is another one of those debatable issues.

God did tell us in the 10 Commandments that thou shalt not kill.  While this does mean not to kill someone else, it can also refer to one's self. 

In the Old Testament, when God used Moses to bring the 10 Commandments to the people, He did so in the covenant God had made with His chosen people, the Jews, for the Messiah/Saviour had not yet come to earth.

For us, who are living under the covenant of Grace, as taught in the New Testament, the 10 Commandments are a guildeline to live by.  They were given to us so we would know and recognize that we are sinners, that each of us has sin in our lives and need a Saviour.

God cannot look upon sin.  He cannot look upon us.  We, sinners.  This is why He made a way for us to come to Him.  He loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

We believers who have come to Christ are able to escape hell and spend eternity in heaven, with our Lord, fulfilling God's plan to save His people.  This was written about in more detail over the past few days.  More importantly, it was written about in the New Testament portion of the Bible; read it for yourself.

Why is this important to the topic of suicide?  Well, while suicide may be a sin, it is not an everlasting sin, that can change where someone will go to, after experiencing their mortal death, here on earth. 

As per the Bible, there is only one (1) unforgiveable sin:  Not trusting in/believing on the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Many people do not understand that we are born dead.  Spiritually, dead.  We do not obtain eternal life until we come to Christ, when we are then made alive, with the assurance of heaven, upon our physical, mortal death.  You can read this for yourself in the book of Ephesians (chapters 1 & 2).

When Christ died for our sin, He did so for our past, present and even future sin.  His blood covers our sin and washes us clean, so that God cannot see our sin.  So, we are not just forgiven, but also washed clean.

This is for all believers in Christ, not just some.  Let's face it, even God's Word (the Bible) tells us that we become a new creation when we become saved, but we still have our old nature.  While a believer may not choose to sin, we do from time to time fall into sin. 

The book of Romans is one of my favourite books to read.  In chapter 8, you'll find out that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus!

In 1 John 1:9, God tells us that when we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  He also told us in Acts 16:31, that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

So, let's look at this situation of suicide.  Even a believer can become depressed and not be in control of their mental being, due to physical problems that disturb their brain. 

Let's say for the sake of argument that a believer did decide to end their life, due to being mentally compromised. 

Some might believe that God makes special provision for those who are not capable of thinking straight.  Others might say that the person would go to hell.  But, those people would only say this if they didn't know God's Word enough to know the truth; only if they hadn't read and learned the truth of God's Word, as I mentioned above.

Even a believer can go to heaven, after suicide.

Let's look at this from another angle.  Let's use the same scenario of a believer choosing to end their life.  Can anyone definitively say that once the deed was in process, they didn't change their mind and repent, crying out to the Lord, even if they could not change the outcome?  No.

In any case, it makes no difference if someone ends their life, if they are not saved, not trusting in Jesus Christ for their eternal salavation.  Those people, like it or not, spend eternity in hell.

Why?  Because they were never made alive in the first place, they were born spiritually dead (as discussed previously) and died while still being in the same condition.  Never having come to Christ.

So, my friends, if you or anyone you know, love and/or care about do not yet know Jesus Christ as Saviour, I would suggest you/they do so, now.  Now, is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

Please don't put it off.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  We are not even guaranteed even our next breath. 

All it takes is a drunk driver to veer into your lane, as you drive.  Or, a severe pain somewhere in your chest or head, that comes over you in an instant.  Please, come to Christ, now.  Before it's too late.

So, where is Linda?  Only God knows, for sure.

Until next time...

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