when nothing matters for a moment, how can one survive?
Matthew 11:28-30 (New International Version)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
People, priests, pastors, friends – they use the above verse. But come to think of it, did you really find rest after hearing that verse from them? I am not saying that the verse is not true and I will not even think of that. But some people who use that verse are just hypocrites. Why? It says in the Holy Bible that: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
If these who give advice do not even know how to come to God, how do you think can they show you the way? How much more can they understand His words? They all made up their own stories and inventions that give them comfort, and these seemed for the long term, but finding out at the end, it’s just like their life, it passed in just a wink of an eye. Just like money, business, material or physical gains, they are all but for a short time.
Analyze those people who you look up to, they teach falsehood and earn a living out of it; but when you, as students, or friends, or relatives commit willful suicide, the body wouldn’t even get a chance to step on their churches’ grounds. The Vatican condemns willful suicide, and now they changed their stand.
A: In earlier times a person who committed suicide would often be denied funeral rites and even burial in a Church cemetery. However, some consideration has always been taken into account of the person’s mental state at the time.
But how can any person know if there is a willful suicide on the part of the one who committed it? In connection to this, let us analyze some Roman Catholic Church teachings in case of willful self-destruction. Is her teaching and her members’ understanding aligned?
“Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder… or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme dishonor to the Creator. (2 7)
In case of suicide, it is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. Imagine the rate of teens committing suicide, and that is in America. What more of the third world countries? What are the causes of suicide which is an infamy? Have you heard of prostitutes that are being excommunicated by the Catholic Church or any Churches? How about those who wanted themselves to be whipped and nailed on the cross in Pampanga? Why do the Roman Catholic Church allowed these physical abuse to oneself, if not, tolerate these as these are blatant supreme dishonor to the Creator?
Have you ever considered the situation of those left by those who committed suicide? For example, their parents, their friends, their barangay officials, their teachers, their guidance counselor, their priests, and what not; what have they been doing to have overlooked the victim which they supposed to be taking care of? And if it is not their fault, then whose fault is it? If no one dares to be accountable and responsible to each other, to whom will we point our fingers?
Season and suicide: People die by suicide more often during spring and summer. The idea that suicide is more common during Christmas is a common misconception. There is also potential risk of suicide in some people experiencing Seasonal affective disorder. Some studies have found that elderly people are more likely to commit suicide around their birthdays.[who?]
A young man, popular in television, as he won through sms text voting from fans here in the Philippines, died this December. Rumors and reports do not match, whether he died in his sleep or he committed suicide. Regardless of the rumors, obviously we learn a great deal here, neither you nor the people surrounds him own his life. Neither do we own our lives.
Yes, we all have the obligation to look after one another. But what happens when the people that surrounds us can no longer catch up, keep up, or understand us? Or you perhaps, what can you do when you can no longer bare the hardships and sorrows that neither your parents nor people around you can take away; or when you suddenly died unprepared?
Maybe you do not believe in the afterlife, even in the resurrection. Or you have a wrong notion of it coming from your false teachers. They themselves aren’t so sure where to lead you. They themselves do not discern God’s words. How about if you have not heard about the dreadful day that will come to those who do not believe in God? Who is to be blamed? Do you know?
Can we bring the dead’s life back? Can we bring our own life back, if we are dead? Of course we cannot. We can neither add nor subtract good or bad things for them, even for us, if that is the case. We all have done things under the sun and we are accountable for ourselves come judgement day.
What then is the affirmative action to avoid such acts of taking one’s own life?
Why not prepare for the future, the life that God has prepared for us? This time, let us read a more complete verse below, to find more meaning and understanding about what God says:
Matthew 11:28-30 (New International Version)
27“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I have been also depressed and frustrated this past few years, not that it affects my work or to the extent that I can not laugh with my friends. But there is this longing, like a thirst, that I have not quenched yet. Is it matters of heart, and mind, and soul? Yes. Why did I say so? These three are similar to a container when filled up, like a magnet when it attracts metallic things; in life, negative things that will give you a very heavy feeling. I think that this heavy feeling is burdensome, making one’s life miserable when one succumb to it.
I don’t want to be overtaken by something I am aware of like guilt feeling. I am not doing the good task I am supposed to do, the things I learned in the Church of God.
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah
They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…
So, I feel my guilt and it is overwhelming. It is logical for me to say this because I am once freed from the heavy burdens, but I am carrying it again. I should be a reflection of a true Christian; but I most of the time fail to be one and it pains me. I have two problems, being plagued again by human ills, and my guilt.
In order for me survive, I still thank God for the hope and His calling to repent. Do you think a man can cure me of all these? I am still fortunate for knowing who I need to consult with: my Doctor, my Helper, my Saviour. Through His words, I will be healed, I will find comfort, I will have a flesh heart. Serving God is my happiness and joy, and it is my duty as a man.
Hebrews 4 (New International Version)
… “Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If I have bad days, what more can we expect from those who have not heard the true teachings of God. How much more human ills can plague them? Some people say, take things one step at a time, “make sure you are stepping up, for crying out loud!”
If you heard Jolina’s rendition of the song, “Maybe It’s You,” or if you watched the movie, “The Love of Siam,” you might say that many of us feel and facing the same situation as that of the lyrics and the script. We thought that perhaps, something or someone else will make us feel happy and contented. But we are unsure of what the future holds for us. Likewise, we are unsure if those people we look up to will remain on our side by the road we travel. Can things or people we care about make our burden light?
There are decisions we make, fights we face, we all have our own struggles in life. Have you watched Survivor one to nth? Did these people really survive? Indeed, for a moment, and it is not the reality, it’s a game, although some thought that it’s how they live their life, full of challenges.
How about the book entitled, “The Little Prince”? Have you read it? It was written by Saint Exupery. Among the famous quotes translated in english are: “One cannot see well except with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes”, “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed”, and “It is the time you have spent with your rose that makes your rose so important.”
I think it tackles about life, from birth to death, decisions to make, belief, way of thinking, paradigm, thinking outside the box, going out from your comfort zone and taking the right path, abortion, cancer, etc. The writer was looking for an answer from people, from things, but later found out that self becomes more confused. His thirst for the truth remains unquenched, for the path wasn’t there to be found by the naked eye, “…the essential is invisible to the eyes,” as the author said. What is essential that needs to be seen? What kind of heart, eyes, are we talking about?
Still, it is better to have a Holy Bible as the basis or the background to fully understand what truly is a man, even the writer. We long for something that is unseen, that is the truth. Some of us just grew up without it to guide us. Our conscience and guilt, even our thoughts cannot agree among themselves when we feel that we did something wrong. The bible says so. It even says that what you reap, you sow.
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown spiritual seed among you,…
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
It is clear, that the unseen is the spiritual longings that we feel and human ills results if we take the wrong path and notion. How can you feed the spiritual starving people? Can we put our faith and life on things like, maybe? Can we just teach people to look to the unseen things and let them search exactly like that one looking for the needle in the haystack?
The meaning of life, the life we need to live, the life that is awaiting us needs to be clear, most especially, it should be based on Truth.
Matthew 11 (New International Version)
25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
We all need to learn the things of God, in order for us to be guided everyday, every moment, that we can survive from human ills. Remember, human ills can plague man. While the plague is not there yet, find the old path, the old way, where the good path is.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 KJV
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3
I am appealing to you who have still the time and sense of awareness, the common sense, the consciousness; the one who is reading this post now; or even you who think no one cares about you. You still have hope, from God. While you have the time, when you think you still have options left and focus, please read these verses:
Ecclesiastes 12 (New International Version)
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
1 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”-
2 before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when men rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
5 when men are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags himself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then man goes to his eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
or the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
or the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Galatians 6 (New International Version)
9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
11See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
16Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.