The ultimate sin

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By Greg Dumas

    While in India, I read an account of a woman who had leaped in front of a train with her baby in her arms.  Pinned to her sari was a note declaring that life was too great a struggle; it simply wasn’t worth the effort.  Let us consider for a moment: Is suicide the ultimate sin?  Our Bibles record the stories of a number of people who committed suicide. In 2 Samuel, chapters 15-17, we read of a man named Ahithophel who was, at one time in his life, a counselor to King David, but when he became involved with Absalom in a sinister plot to overthrow the king, Ahithophel was implicated, and ultimately he compounded his sinfulness when he chose to hang himself.
Previous to that episode, King Saul, a wicked and despiteful man, had killed himself on the battlefield, see 1 Samuel 15:10-23.  Sin can plunge a person into depression and despair. Such was the case with Judas, who, after betraying Jesus, hanged himself.  In the words of Luke, Judas“went to his own place,” Acts 1:25, that place being one that I want to avoid.  

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