Some of these comments clearly indicate a misunderstanding about mental illness. All families have issues – to imply the lack of a perfect family drives people to take their own lives is throwing some strong accusatons about Mr. Warren’s family and oversimpifies the issue of mental health disease. I have watched friends who have been great parents fight to save their child as the child battles mental illness and all the challenges that come along with it – and this has been going on since the child was very, very young. Please save the judgment and pray for those who fight every day to save their children, family members, and friends from mental health issues.
The best way I ever heard it was like this, "You have a headache? Pray and ask God to take it away. If, after a while you still have the headache, take an aspirin."
God gave us brains and emotions and such. Was that an oversight or was he just messing with us? *g* Nahh.. Use them. Read and study the Bible but use your brain while you do..
I'm still waiting for the REAL story about how this happened.
I know something of suicides. A person will do it for basically one of three reasons....
1. They planned it out after choosing to do so. Such people show no sign of what they are about to do because they don't want to be stopped. The most you get as a warning sign is a sudden change from being miserable and depressed to being "okay" or even "happy"...especially if they start putting their affairs in order.
2. They give up hope that things will ever improve and are ready to attempt the act. Even a glimmer of hope can be enough to keep a person from taking action.
3. They are prone to hysterical behavior that may lead to actions taken without forethought (e.g., running out into traffic).
For the child to be fine then take his life "in a moment of despair" simply doesn't pass the stink test. There's something more, going on, but for a pastor to admit that his child committed any form of premeditated suicide would be a scandal.
Oh,how my heart hurts for humanity. I truly do understand the judgemental comments here because, sadly, I have thoughts like that myself. THAT is what we need to get over! It is such an important part of being a Christian: "we all fall short of the glory of God." I like to think Pastor Rick feels his shortcomings no less than the rest of us. We MUST look past that in order to help the suffering. The very existance of sin is not anybody's fault; it is the human condition.