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Old 23rd September 2011, 11:52 AM
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NSB, a close friend of mine blogged about depression and his faith in this great post. While he never was suicidal, I think his points about how one with depression has difficulty escaping it may be relevant.

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My husband is the one who brought me to church and helped me to become a Christian. Now he has a brain injury and serious depression and he believes Christians are delusional. I wish he could see that God has not forsaken him.
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Believe me, I know what I am talking about. I have been going through major depression for more than last two and half years and before I discovered my spirituality, on several occasions, I had suicidal thoughts. But since I found Christ I know God has a purpose for creating me - however small it might be. I may not understand that purpose yet there must be one - it's maybe just beyond my grasp of comprehension. That's all. Living a good, kind and forgiving life as shown by Christ is the journey through which we find our little purpose and our place in God's creation. So I was wondering why would any Christian kill himself/herself? Is it just a momentary lapse of faith and understanding?
well the "once saved always saved" would say its impossible to commit a sin that leads to death so I guess from their standpoint suicide is never committed by a real Christian, God has a purpose for your life somtimes were like Abraham and want to make it happen ourself.......its not easy but the bible says be content in all things, depression is the opposite of being content. It also says love your neighbor, that means your supposed to have an emotion that you don't even feel, you might not even like your neighbor, he or she could be a real pain in the butt, But thats what God's word tells us to do, do things we really don't feel, thats not always easy either, so it kinda comes down to forcing yourself to do these things whether we want to or not, thats just how it is, you have to make yourself love and make yourself be content.......you may say that seems like being a phony and not being truthful to the way you really feel, But we need to remember God didn't say we were to do these things when we felt love or when we had a really good day.......He just said to do it.
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As has been already stated, depression is a mental illness, a sickness, a disease. And just as it is not the fault of the person who dies of cancer, it is not the fault of the person with depression who takes their own life.

I am a person who gets depressed. I take medication. I try to prevent stress which triggers my depression. I pray. But I still get suicidal thoughts.

Sometimes, I am in such emotional pain, I just want it to stop. When I am in an episode, it feels like my depression will never end, that I will have to endure this torment forever. If I believed in the eternal torment of Hell, that would be it. Wouldn't you do anything to escape?

Some might call me a coward because of my desire to escape this pain but I think I am very couragous. I have gone though many of these episodes, too many to count, and yet I am still here. I have not taken my own life, even though I have had many oppurtunities. I fight my disease even though it continues to come back time after time.

Just like a faithful and righteous person can still die of cancer, no matter how hard they fight and how hard they pray, so to it is with depression.
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