Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Such a void within the intellect of an intelligent man results when all truth is relative and all hope is temporal. How sad.[/b]
Jesus made suicide obsolete. One commits suicide when one feels he or she simply cannot make it to go on living. This person feels they cannot be reformed, cannot be improved, cannot be rehabilitated, etc. There is no way but to terminate
Jesus Christ makes this desperate action obsolete. Whether you loath yourself or love yourself Jesus effectively crucifies you with Himself and brings you back for a whole new start.
Surrendering your life to the Lord Jesus you completely start OVER again from the beginning. That is another reason why conversion is called being "born again"
So a pioneering Christian, the Apostle Paul, informed us following learners of this -
"I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." (Gal. 2:20)
SUICIDE is obsolete and an inferior remedy to surrendering one's life to the lordship of Jesus.
Instead of Nietzsche contemplating SUICIDE he should have done as Paul did and learn as Paul learned. By receiving Jesus Christ the death and resurrection of Jesus was completely applicable to his own problems by getting the old "I" out of the way and starting over again with a new "I"
which is Christ one with him.
Paul was a pioneer of a normal and successful disciple of Christ. How much faith you exercise in what Christ has done for you effects your subjective partaking of these blessings.
Paul realized that Jesus not only died for him that he would be forgiven. Jesus died for him so that his old man, his old fallen Adam "self" could be terminated and he could have a brand new beginning united with the risen Christ.
One more quote. The Roman Christians were firing hard questions to the Apostle Paul worried that some of them might regard being a Christian a license to continue sinning.
"What then shall we say ? Should we continue to sin that grace may abound ? Absolutely not! We who have died to sin, how shall we still live in it?
Or are you ignorant that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death ? We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:1-4)
We are so thankful God had in Paul the best model of a man using faith to enter into the richest experience of the new covenant salvation. And many others in history followed and learned from his letters and experience.