posted on Jun, 10 2013 @ 08:31 AM
Philosophical discussion - praying for death.
Do not judge those who are in so much pain that they pray for their own death.
Do not treat these people as mere statistics, but instead as individuals in deep pain.
It's not wrong for those in misery and/or pain to want to want to 'move on' as soon as possible.
What you consider an acceptable level of pain/misery isn't what others can endure.
We are not all the same.
Until we have walked in that persons shoes, we can't fully judge their feelings or situation.
Vatican Insider - Pope Francis message to
those who pray for their own death
The Bishop of Rome invited faithful to pray for those who are terminally ill and for all those experiencing extreme suffering, without treating
them as abstract moral problems. ...
The Pope said that Tobit and Sarah’s wish to die could not be considered blasphemy. In some situations, lamenting one’s misfortunes before God is
not a sin but a prayer. Even Job and the prophet Jeremiah cursed the day they were born. “The Lord hears, He listens to our complaints.”
The Pope explained how these biblical readings applied in today’s world, by mentioning three examples of people living in conditions of extreme
suffering: malnourished children, refugees, the terminally ill. The worst thing a Christian can do is to look at those who suffer “as though they
were an [abstract moral conundrum].”
And as a side note .. I hate the word 'blasphemy'. It's arbitrary and subjective. But for those who want to discuss the 'blasphemy' aspect that they
think may be there, the Pope says it's not 'blasphemy' for a person to pray to God to end their own suffering by the sweet release that death brings.
He gave scriptural examples.
Anyways .. I try to find something each day to talk about and I thought this was a pretty good philosophical subject to discuss on a rainy day.
Praying for your own death. Death as a welcome friend and not the enemy. Death is the opposite of what a living creature is supposed to wish for.
We all have that 'drive to live'. And yet, death is what many people pray/wish for to end their sufferings and misery. What does that say about
humanity that there are so many people suffering and that many pray for death? What does that say about God that there are so many people suffering
that they pray for death? Discuss ...
ETA .. just wanted to add ... with the exception of the Popes statement about wealth redistribution .. i find his statements on the spiritual issues
and on the running of the church to be
edit on 6/10/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)