13 Reasons Why Not
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 04:07 PM
If you go on the internet, you will find several articles entitled, "13 Reasons Why Not." This is in response to a new TV show called, "13 Reasons Why." "13 Reasons Why" follows the aftermath of a teenage girl's suicide and the tapes she left behind that single out each person who she thinks contributed to her death. Let me share my 13 reasons why not…why suicide is never a good option!
- God is the giver of life. Only He has the authority to take it away ( Ps. 139:16 ).
- Suicide can increase suicidal behaviors according to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Among 12-13 year olds, being exposed to a classmate's suicide was associated with being 5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2013 ( Luke 17:2 ).
- There are no do overs. Suicide is final! The few who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco all agreed that the moment they let go they knew they made a mistake. From what I have read every one of those individuals are still alive appreciating the gift of life (Hebrews 9:27).
- There is an eternal hell, and the pain you feel now will not compare to the eternal torment that will begin 10 seconds after you take your own life. When I was 26, I planned my own suicide for months and one of the things that stopped me was the possibility of hell. I didn't want to kill myself. I just wanted the pain to stop. What if suicide leads to an unimaginable never ending agony ( Matt. 25:46 )?
- It is selfish. Yes, your pain in this life will end (only to be replaced by something worse) but your family and friends will be devastated. My grandfather committed suicide when my mother was 19. His suicide haunted her until the day she died. His suicide was the other reason that stopped me from taking my own life. I didn't want to add to my mom's pain. (Philippians 2:3,4).
- There is a God who loves you. In the 1980's movie, "Ordinary People", the lead character was suicidal and said that when you are in this type of depression you feel like there is no one who can help you. That was my experience but praise God I turned to Him ( Ps. 46:1, Ps. 23 ).
- There is a Savior who died for you. He will take away your guilt and shame and give you a reason to live. He will give you hope ( 1 Peter 3:18 ).
- Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. People who want to kill themselves often say that they feel alone. In Christ, you are never alone ( Hebrews 13:5 ).
- You were created for more than this. That is, more than a life of despair. God has a purpose for your life ( Jeremiah 29:11 ).
- There is a church community who will accept you and love you ( 2 Cor. 2:6,7 ).
- There are Pastors and Biblical Counselors who will walk with you through this valley. After I committed my life to Jesus Christ, I had friends and counselors in the church that encouraged me. I knew God was with me ( Gal. 6:2, 1 Peter 5:1,2 ).
- Heaven is real. Not because someone claimed to go there and come back but because the Bible says this is true. And 10 seconds after you die, in Christ, you will realize that there is no more pain and no more sorrow. There is a reason to hope in this life and in the next ( Rev. 21:1-4 ).
- The TV show "13 Reasons Why" presents suicide as a way to have your voice heard. But the truth is, the day after your funeral, most people will move on with their lives and you will soon be forgotten ( Eccl. 9:5 ).
There are better ways to handle the things in your life that seem unbearable. Jesus is the answer. It has been 37 years since I've had those suicidal thoughts but today I have joy and peace and hope. This is available to you through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this click "I'm new" on this website and then click "What is the Gospel?" or call me at 715-687-3306 or 715-897-0562. We love you and want to help.
Pastor Bill Nesbitt
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