Quote Originally Posted by Knowledge View Post
It isn't really discussed directly in Scripture IMO. I think people like to force their theology on topics, make them fit, and declare it as truth,
Not to derail things, but the Christian attitudes towards suicide are largely from the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). The scriptural basis does seem a little thin, but the RCC has this notion (put loosely) that God can speak through The Pope on some issues, so they don't really need a scriptural basis for everything.

Kinda handy that.

This may provide a bit more light on the RCC's position: https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/cgi/v...ontext=ndjlepp

I'm a bit divided on the subject. I think one should bear their burden as long as they can. But we all know that "as long as you can" is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual.

Being in constant discomfort is very, very sapping. You take someone like Awerbuck who lived a physical life and had to have a fairly high level of pain just from old injuries (I have those, and I didn't live the life some of y'all did), and now tell him that for the rest of his life things are going to get worse, with no relief, and only death at the end, and that for that whole time you'll be spending what you worked a lifetime to accumulate?

We know so much more about the brain and the mind than our forefathers. We can "see" inside the brain in some ways, and see the impact of genetic predispositions on things like dopamine and serotonin production and uptake, we have the ability (fMRI) to watch the brain action at a gross level. Much of it is still a mystery, but we know that "choice" is often a very tenuous thing. It's still a choice, but the options to choose from narrow in many ways.