January 17, 2006

High court upholds Oregon assisted-suicide law

High court upholds Oregon assisted-suicide law - The Changing Court - MSNBC.com

The Church has often come down hard on suicide. Sometimes they have even treated it as the impardonable sin. That is an easy stance for someone who has never been pushed so close to the edge or plunged so deep into the darkness that there appeared to be no way out.

Is suicide unforgiveable? Maybe our "legal" understanding of sin creates some difficulties we are not prepared for? Maybe our understanding of sin as a legal transaction is not a problem for us, but it should be?

Maybe the true sinfulness involved in suicide is not that of the person committing suicide, but on the part of the church and Christians who never reached out. Sin is more relational than legal.

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