“Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe
SUICIDE: Honor vs. Abomination
Critical Reading, Semester 2, Class RE 260 G
Professor E. Singleton
May 10th, 2012
Is it an abomination to God or is it an honorable sacrificial offering unto the Lord to commit suicide is any form or for any reason? Suicide has been a contradicting issue since the dawn of times. In many countries suicide can be viewed as an offering unto God. Many Middle Eastern countries view suicide as an honor. To them such an act requires bravery and courage, and in return they shall be rewarded with eternal life dispersed by the God that they serve. This research paper will access and ...view middle of the document...
Things Fall Apart
If suicide is looked down upon in so many religions, why are there so many act of this abominable act? For example, in the book Things Fall Apart, one of the main character Okonkwo a man of vigor and strength, took his own life because he did not want to face the
consequences of his actions for killing another man. Now, this is a society that knows nothing of who the Almighty God is- they worship and send praises to either the natural or the spirit world- yet, this culture saw that it was an abomination unto them for a man to take his own life. “It is an abomination for a man to take his own life. It is an offense against…” (Obierika, P. 207) It was such an abomination that the people of this village where not allowed to touch his body and he was to be buried like a dog. Although he was a great man there was no pity upon his act of abomination in the land.
Now it can be depicted that suicide as been clearly expressed as an abomination in many culture. This is an unforgivable act and no pity shall be given for such. However statistical data has proven that many suicide act results from many different resulting factors. “Psychological theories emphasize personality and emotional factors, while sociological theories, such as those posited by French sociologist Émile Durkheim, and stress the influence of social and cultural pressures on the individual. Social factors such as widowhood, childlessness, residence in big cities, a high standard of living, mental disorders, and physical illness have been found to be
positively correlated with suicide rates.” (Suicide 2012) But does this grant leeway for any human being to take his own life because he cannot handle the troubles of the world? No it is not. Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins, He was beaten and battered. Yes, it is true that He had the power to destroy these people but He did is for our salvation and our eternity with Christ the Lord. It is said that God does not give you more than you can bear, and any situation that he puts you in he shall take you out of. So for all the good things that he has done for us it would be
unforgivable for a mere mortal to take the life that God has given to us and give it back to Him; whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Committing suicide can also be looked upon as the devil’s way of controlling one’s mind and behavior. Suicide is the giving in to pressures from demons that encourage self-destruction, destruction of the mind and the body. Now we all know that there has always been the constant battle of good vs. evil, and the devil himself knows that suicide is the most abominable act unto God, so he uses this as a weakness on individuals in an already depressed state of mind. When he finds a person in such a predicament he knows that he has to get to work fast to accomplish his goals of making one commit the abominable act, and if he has been...