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HAVE RESPECT FOR LIFE!
SAY NO TO SUICIDE
“You will continue to live after death.
Suicide is an illusion. Get help.”
The calm and resignation achieved, in the manner in which one considers terrestrial life, and confidence in the future, gives the Spirit a serenity that is the best preventive measure against madness and suicide….
Question 943. What is the cause of the weariness of life, which sometimes takes possession of people without any assignable reason?
Idleness; lack of conviction, sometimes satiety. For the person who employs their faculties in the pursuit of some useful aim in harmony with theirs natural aptitudes, exertion is not disagreeable: their time passes quickly in congenial occupation; and they are able to bear the vicissitudes of life with patience and resignation, because they look forward to a more solid and lasting happiness in the future.
Question 944. Has a person the right to dispose of their life?
No, that right belongs to God alone. The person who voluntarily commits suicide contravenes the providential ordering that sent them into the earthly life.
a) Is not suicide always voluntary?
The mad people who kill themselves do not know what they are doing.
Question 952. Do they commit suicide those who fall victim to the excessive indulgence of passions which they know will hasten their death, but which habit has converted into physical necessities that they are unable to control?
They commit moral suicide. Do you not see that the person, in such a case, is trebly guilty? For they are guilty of a want of firmness, of the sin of bestiality and of forgetfulness of God. More studies in the SPIRITS' BOOK get your FREE PDF copy here:- http://www.ssbaltimore.org/PDF/Spirits.pdf
Question 957. What are in
general the effects of suicide on the state of the spirit by whom it has been
"The consequences of suicide vary in different cases, because the penalties it entails are always proportioned to the circumstances which, in each case, have led to its commission.
The one punishment which none who have committed suicide can escape is disappointment; the rest of their punishment depends on the circumstances. Some of those who have killed themselves expiate their fault at once; others do so in a new earthly life harder to bear than the one whose course they have interrupted."
Observation has confirmed the statement that the consequences of suicide are not the same in all cases; but it has also shown us that some of those consequences, resulting from the sudden interruption of life, are the same in all cases of violent death. Foremost among these is the greater tenacity and consequent persistence of the link that unites the spirit and the body, which link, in nearly all such cases, is in its full strength at the moment when it is broken. Whereas, when death is the result of natural causes, that link has been gradually weakened, and is often severed before life is completely extinct. The consequences of violent death are, firstly, the prolongation of the mental confusion which usually follows death, and secondly, the illusion which causes a spirit, during a longer or shorter period, to believe themselves to be still living in the earthly life. (155 and 165.)
The affinity that continues to exist between the spirit and the body produces in the case of some of those who have committed suicide, a sort of repercussion of the state of the body in the consciousness of the spirit. It is thus compelled to perceive the effects of its decomposition, and experiences therefrom a sensation of intense anguish and horror; a state that may continue as long as the life that they have interrupted ought to have lasted. This state is not a necessary result of suicide; but those who have voluntarily shortened their life can never escape the consequences of their want of courageous endurance; sooner or later, and in some way or other, they are made to expiate their fault. Thus, many spirits who had been very unhappy upon the earth have stated that they had committed suicide in their preceding existence, and that they had voluntarily submitted to new trials in order to try to bear them with more resignation. In some cases the result of suicide is a sort of connection with terrestrial matter, from which they vainly endeavour to free themselves so they may rise to happier worlds, access to which is denied to them; in other cases it is regret for having done something useless, and from which they have reaped only disappointment.
Religion, morality, all systems of philosophy, condemn suicide as being contrary to the laws of nature; all lay it down as a principle that we have no right to voluntary shorten our life; but why do we not have that right? Why are we not at liberty to put an end to our sufferings? It was reserved for Spiritism to show by the example of those who have succumbed to that temptation, that suicide is not only a fault, but is an infraction of a moral law, (a consideration of little weight with some persons) but is also a piece of stupidity since no benefit is to be gained by it. Quite the contrary, as the Teachings of Spiritism concerning this subject are not merely theoretical; for it places the facts of the case before our eyes.
(The Spirit’s Book, Allan Kardec, 1857)