I strongly agree with George on this issue of suicide.  Just as with any
other transgression of law, intent is an important factor.  I don't know
about anyone else, but I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what my
state of mind is, much less anyone else's.  There is no set rule for many
things.

For example, we know that murder is the spilling of innocent blood.  What if
a criminal is holding many people hostage and is about to kill one of them.
A sniper tries to shoot the killer, but somehow kills a captive instead.
This is certainly the spilling of innocent blood, so its murder, right?  Is
it?

What about someone who is so mentally unbalanced at some moment that they
commit suicide, where there is no way that they would do so under normal
circumstances.  Are they really exercising agency in the same manner that
they would if they cheated on their husband (and you thought I was talking
about a man!)?  I don't think so, but my opinion is irrelevant.  She will be
judged by someone with perfect knowledge.  I am quite happy to leave that
judgment to someone qualified to make it, because I am most certainly NOT
qualified to make it.

Jon

George Cobabe wrote:

> No.  You and I are not in a postion to make such judgements and should not
> do so.  Can you imagine telling the family of such a victim this
> speculation?  You do not know the circumstances or the state of mind of
such
> a person and cannot understand the judgement that will be offered to them.
>
> Comments may be found to the contrary, but the thinking and practice on
this
> subject has changed a great deal in the past number of years in the
church.
>
> I have a friend whose father was a successful businessman, with a lovely
> family, a great contributor to charity and whose name is prominently
> displayed as a major contributor to BYU.  He had the world by the tail by
> any standard.  He was the Bishop of a singles ward and when released from
> that calling went into a depressive period which ended when he took his
> life.
>
> The Apostles, yes plural, which spoke at his funeral make it clear that
you
> should not judge him unwisely or harshly.  I would take their advice on
this
> matter.
>
> George
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stacy Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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>
>
> > I am now positive that if one kills himself he will end up as a
telestial
> > being.  Am I right on this point?
> >
> > Stacy.
> >
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