It’s not too late, it’s never too late?

Is our life really ours? If it is true than we should be able to do whatever we like to ourselves and our bodies…but what if we were put on earth for a hight purpose? What then?  I have never spent too much time worrying about suicide before now, once I considered it, but luckily I was too scared to ever try. But now one of my closest friends is determined to end his life.  He has been trying to find a way to do it for months, and I have been continually trying to stop him; but now I think he is going to kill himself.  I am sworn to secrecy.

Which brings to mind a whole different issue – trust. If I tell his parents, youth leader or another friend than I am betraying his trust. But at the same time if I do not tell and he does do it than I will never be able to look his family in the eye again. When is it ok to make a decision like this? Is his decision that this life is not for him his to make?

We both are Christians, and firmly believe that we are headed to heaven after death, but that still doesn’t make it any better. In Dante’s Inferno suicide was viewed as an unforgivable sin, and these sinners were sent to hell to dwell eternally in the woods of suicide. Because they did not respect their bodies during life, in the afterlife they are not given any.

This is an issue that has touched the lives of many, weather through someone we are close to or indirectly. And after much reading, praying, and listening to music I still don’t know the answer.

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