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DocReits July 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

Well said Dr Williams,

I would argue that God does not have a “wonderful plan for our lives”. He promises the Christian persecution in this life, (2 Tim 3:12). Your text involves a promise to the nation of Israel as they began their 70 years of exile in Babylon(Jer 29:11), not a message to the individual believer. Hebrews 11 tells us what to expect as believers and it is not pretty. We live in this Western bubble where Christians are not persecuted anywhere near to the extent that they are in other parts of the world.

I agree that we need to come alongside those with suicidal thoughts and minister the Word of God and be there for them as support during their dark hours without condemning words. God does not send any believer to hell who commits suicide. As you know, there are so many various reasons to suffer great depression including chemical imbalances.

I have personal experience with suicidal ideation that I suffered for years. I have prayed for the strength to take my own life. How twisted is that to pray to the God who made me to have Him help me to do the very act He did not want me to do. One of the things that helped me was to be reminded that I would be with Him soon and out of the situation which drove me to despair. Looking at eternity and this relatively short time we are here on earth was of much help.

Reading and listening to others who had similar or much worse problems than myself also helped me to realize I was not alone. I took courage in seeing and hearing about their battles and how they survived often with great courage to face another day. I knew God was helping me in turn take courage to go one more day and to focus on the minute by minute journey and not so much on the long haul, because I did not see any light at the end of that tunnel while on earth.

So I thank you for bringing up this subject which has been a huge part of my life. I hope many will read this article and take solace in the thoughts expressed.

God Bless you,


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