Richard Merrell

Rookie - 0 Points (17/07/1949 / SYDNEY)

Suicide - Poem by Richard Merrell

To murder one's own body
Is to seal eternal death
To take your life by your own hand
And cut off your own breath.
For many say of suicide
'A brave act it does seem'
But a tragedy is this way out
From things that, might have been.
For to those that suicide
It brings them but a curse
Compared to the troubles they left behind
Their state is now far worse.

'cause choosing death instead of life
In the Christ who rose to save;
The only portion they have left
Is the rotteness of the grave.

John 3: 16

SUICIDE....'If a murderer is guilty because he is a destroyer of man, he who kills himself is under the same guilt. For he also kills a man. In fact his crime can be considered the greater, for the punishment of it belongs to God alone. We did not come into this life of our own accord. Therefore, we can withdraw from this habitation of the body.....only by the command of Him who placed us in this body. We are to inhabit it until He orders us to depart from it.' Lactantius c.304 - 313

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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