Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren is sharing a message for those who are contemplating suicide, saying that as the father of a son who took his own life, “I still grieve every day about the permanency of his decision.”
“A lot of studies have shown that almost everybody has felt suicidal at some low point in their life,” Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, says in a video message posted to his Facebook page last month.
Warren adds that while some may think suicide will end their problems, it is in fact a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
In his message, Warren shares the deep suffering and grief his family endures daily following the suicide of his son, Matthew, on April 5, 2013, explaining that his youngest child struggled with mental illness his entire life.
“It was the worst of my life and I still grieve every day about the permanency of his decision to take his own life,” Warren says.
Warren goes on to share a message with those contemplating suicide, saying that while the act may seem like a solution, it is in fact permanent and irreversible.
“Suicide is a permanent, irreversible attempt to solve a temporary problem. It is not a wise solution. You don’t have to die to end your pain,” Warren stresses, comparing the act of suicide to “using a nuclear bomb to wipe out a nest of mosquitos.”
“It’s irreversible and it’ll do far more damage than you possibly realize and it will affect many other people besides yourself.”
Warren goes on to emphasize that “no emotion lasts forever,” and while depression may feel intense, “it cannot last forever.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post