posted on Sep, 7 2012 @ 02:28 PM
Suicide being a sin was added to the bible to keep people from killing themselves:
This was copied from the crouch foundations website
Initially, suicide was not considered a cultural taboo. To the ancient Egyptians, suicide was not a violation of either the spiritual or
legal code. Suicide was seen as a just way to die if one was faced with unendurable suffering - be it physical or emotional. Martyrdom was
acceptable when faced with civil or religious persecution. The first person to debate the morality of suicide was the Greek philosopher, Socrates -
over 400 years before the birth of Christ. Socrates believed that human beings were the property of the gods, and did not have the right to take away
something, namely life, that did not belong to them. Ironically, he was accused of impiety and forced to take his own life by drinking
hemlock. The Greek leader Epicurus encouraged his followers to die by suicide when their lives no longer afforded happiness. Roman society hosted
trained technicians who would perform assisted suicides when their clients desired to die. Most early civilizations viewed suicide as a means of
escaping an unbearable existence, or of releasing loved ones from the burden associated with caring for the sick or elderly. There was no judgment
attached to such a death.
Early Jewish/Christian Struggles
During the early years of Christianity, many believers chose suicide over the difficult life of religious persecution. In fact, some early
Christian writers maintained that a self-chosen death was a goal for the genuinely pious to aspire. The number of Christian martyrs and mass
suicides rose so quickly that the ruling Jewish faction decided to forbid eulogies and public mourning for those who died by their own hand. This
action began the stigmatization of suicide in Judeo-Christian culture. The first church-led condemnation of suicide occurred when Jewish leaders
refused to allow the bodies of Christian suicide victims to be buried in hallowed ground. The few Christian condemnations of suicide came from the
notion that suicide was to be despised because it was the action of the betrayer of Jesus. Thus, suicide developed a “guilt by association”
because of Judas’ death by hanging.
The first Christian to publicly denounce suicide as a sin was St. Augustine in the 4th Century. The basis of Augustine’s condemnation was the
ubiquitous acts of suicide among Christians. Augustine’s influence on church doctrine resulted in a series of conciliar developments. In 305AD, the
Council of Guadix purged from the list of martyrs all who had died by their own hand. Using the pretext of piety, the 348AD Council of Carthage
condemned those who had chosen self death for personal reasons and the 363AD Council of Braga condemned and denied proper burial rites for all known
suicides. Although meant as a preventative measure, Church condemnation festered the stigma introduced by Jewish authority years earlier. The act of
suicide became immersed in shame and fear, remaining so for the next nine decades. In the 13th century Thomas Aquinas fortified the Church’s
official position against suicide. Unlike Augustine, who acted to quell the surge of suicide among Christians, Aquinas was motivated by a need for
intellectual understanding. Aquinas completed a comprehensive and systematic review of Christian theology, entitled Summa Theologiae. In this work,
Aquinas vilified suicide as an act against God (much like Socrates) and denounced suicide as a sin for which one could not repent. Aquinas’
admonition resulted in civil and criminal laws to discourage suicide.
Now the thing that really gets me from all the religious people is the heaven thing if you have read the bible then you know you don't go to heaven.
Do you remember what Jesus was teaching "Repent and prepare for the coming of the kingdom of god that will reign on earth with god being the blah,
blah, blah" kingdom and heaven are used depending on what book your reading in the bible. A human cannot ascend to heaven.
I am spiritual and do not fall for this religious stuff but for those of you that do please read the material (Bible)at hand and stop following others
Now judgment day is coming only 1 judgment day and that is at the end of this year when we are all judged. Did you learn all the lessons this time
around or do you have to repeat it, is your karma in balance.