104-year-old Australian scientist dies in assisted suicide

One truth about stories of suicide is this: they didn’t have to end the way they did. They could have chosen a different path. God reminds us in story after story in His word that He will never waste the pain we struggle through in this life, but He will turn it around for good somehow and use it to strengthen us and to help others.

Some of the common themes that seemed to have driven these men to suicide, and that the enemy still uses against us today are these – fear, despair, hopelessness, depression, illness, darkness, guilt, disillusionment, deep heartache, loss, grief, pride, revenge, sin.

Yet it’s important to note that nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that the act of suicide, no matter how tragic, is an unforgivable sin. If you are a believer in Christ, you will go to heaven. The Bible is clear that sin which cannot be forgiven is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and the refusal to believe in Christ.

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

 


A 104-year-old Australian biologist, David Goodall, died by assisted suicide in Switzerland on Thursday, after fighting for months in a right-to-die case that attracted global attention. On the eve of his death, Goodall said he had not had a moment of hesitation. “No, none whatever,” he said. “I no longer want to continue life, and I’m happy to have a chance tomorrow to end it.” Goodall resolved to end his life in the last year as his quality of life deteriorated due to lack of mobility, doctor’s restrictions, and other issues. He was not considered ill, and Australian law prevented him from getting help killing himself there, so he traveled to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal, with the help of the right-to-die organization Exit International.

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