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user-inactivated  ·  585 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide

    I don't want to fight with you, but I would like an acknowledgement that you are breathing rarefied air, theologically speaking.

Yeah. I'm not looking to pick a fight either, but I'm more than open to a discussion. Just know that I'm not an authority on anything and don't want to come across as such. I'm also very well aware of Catholic and Mainline doctrine on suicide and am neither trying to ignore it or discount it. While I definitely can't speak authoritatively as a Baha'i, I would say from my own personal understanding that Baha'i theology is somewhat similar in regards to the subject of suicide, in the sense that suicide, like murder, ends a human life through human action and is therefore wrong.

I'm also well aware the amount of social pressures religions of all types can hold on people in terms of mental health, physical health, marriage, employment, sexuality, on and on and on. Sometimes these institutional pressures are bad, sometimes they're beneficial. Sometimes it's a wash.

I think it's important to keep in mind, at least from my perspective I think it's important to keep in mind, is that as societies evolve and their understanding and expectation evolve with them, so does the way they view the world from the lens of their religions evolve with them. Sometimes we take big steps forward, sometimes we stumble back hard, sometimes schisms result and other times people come together in very unexpected ways.

What I'm trying to say is, that the world is a big, crazy place. Every last one of us, in our own ways, are very, very lost. At the same time, every last one of us, in our own ways, are right where we need to be and on the right path.