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“Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe
SUICIDE: Honor vs. Abomination

Alecia Williams

Critical Reading, Semester 2, Class RE 260 G
Professor E. Singleton
May 10th, 2012

Abstract Is it an abomination to God or is it an honorable sacrificial offering unto the Lord to commit suicide is any form or for any reason? Suicide has been a contradicting issue since the dawn of times. In many countries suicide can be viewed as an offering unto God. Many Middle Eastern countries view suicide as an honor. To them such an act requires bravery and courage, and in return they shall be rewarded with eternal life dispersed by the God that they serve. This research paper will access and outline whether or not suicide can be viewed an a honor or an abomination base on the famous novel “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe, in relation to the protagonist of the story Oknonkwo.

The Qur’an and the Bible But does suicide deem honor and compensation in any country or any religion; factually? Actually suicide is looked down upon in both the Christian and the Islamic/Muslim religions. The Qur’an clearly states that “O ye who believe! Do not kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you Most Merciful. If any do that in rancor and injustice, soon shall we cast him into the fire.” (Qur'an 4:29-30) The Bible also states that “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (The Holy Bible 1978: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20) Clearly, both these religion detest the act of suicide in any form. Both thee Qur’an and the Bible states that God lives with-in you, your body is the temple of the Lord and he who destroys that temples, destroys God; thus, resulting in the worst kind of sin unforgivable by any religion or God.
Things Fall Apart If suicide is looked down upon in so many religions, why are there so many act of this abominable act? For example, in the book Things Fall Apart, one of the main character Okonkwo a man of vigor and strength, took his own life because he did not want to face the consequences of his actions for killing another man. Now, this is a society that knows nothing of who the Almighty God is- they worship and send praises to either the natural or the spirit world- yet, this culture saw that it was an abomination unto them for a man to take his own life. “It is an abomination for a man to take his own life. It is an offense against…” (Obierika, P. 207) It was such an abomination that the people of this village where not allowed to touch his body and he was to be buried like a dog. Although he was a great man there was no pity upon his act of abomination in the land.
Psychological factors Now it can be depicted that suicide as been clearly expressed as an abomination in many culture. This is an unforgivable act and no pity shall be given for such. However statistical data has proven that many suicide act results from many different resulting factors. “Psychological theories emphasize personality and emotional factors, while sociological theories, such as those posited by French sociologist Émile Durkheim, and stress the influence of social and cultural pressures on the individual. Social factors such as widowhood, childlessness, residence in big cities, a high standard of living, mental disorders, and physical illness have been found to be

positively correlated with suicide rates.” (Suicide 2012) But does this grant leeway for any human being to take his own life because he cannot handle the troubles of the world? No it is not. Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins, He was beaten and battered. Yes, it is true that He had the power to destroy these people but He did is for our salvation and our eternity with Christ the Lord. It is said that God does not give you more than you can bear, and any situation that he puts you in he shall take you out of. So for all the good things that he has done for us it would be unforgivable for a mere mortal to take the life that God has given to us and give it back to Him; whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Devil’s Influence Committing suicide can also be looked upon as the devil’s way of controlling one’s mind and behavior. Suicide is the giving in to pressures from demons that encourage self-destruction, destruction of the mind and the body. Now we all know that there has always been the constant battle of good vs. evil, and the devil himself knows that suicide is the most abominable act unto God, so he uses this as a weakness on individuals in an already depressed state of mind. When he finds a person in such a predicament he knows that he has to get to work fast to accomplish his goals of making one commit the abominable act, and if he has been successful in doing so then he has succeeded in winning another soul to be with him in damnation also known as the fiery pity of hell. One who intentionally takes his own life does so in utter disregard for the sacredness of life; he becomes blood guilty. When one commits suicide while in possession of one’s mental faculties, this shows one to be void of morality, lacking faith, or having no fear of God. It is a cowardly act, where one refuses to face up to the problems and responsibilities of life. The Ultimate Sin The biggest sin you can commit in this life is destroying the life that God gave to you. Suicide is not righteous is any way, shape, or form. It is a cowardly act on any human life. Jesus was not sacrifice he was killed by the hands of his own people. At which he accepted to save their souls from eternal damnation. So why is it that we as mere human beings feel the need that we have the right to destroy the life that our Eternal Father gave to us? Out of all the things that God has given to us. Life is amongst the greatest. So we should cherish and honor our life and our body because we are the temple of his dwelling place. There is no excuse for one to commit suicide. There is nothing in life that is too great or too much for us to bear. Jesus Christ shed his blood for us on the cross so that we would be cleansing of all our sins. Yet we are born into sin so therefore we shall always remain sinful of this world. However, a sin is repentable and can be cleanse if one shall go unto the Lord and ask for forgiveness. But the Bible and the Qur’an stated that an act of suicide, justifiable or not shall be unforgivable and he who commits such a crime shall be thrown into the fiery pits of hell.
Suicide vs. Sacrifice There is a big difference between suicide and sacrifice. Suicide is selfish, sacrifice is not. A person who commits suicide is only concerned with their problems and nothing else. They don't consider the effects their actions have on others. Sacrifice is just the opposite. It is out of concern for others that one gives their own life in order to save or protect them. This is honorable, whereas suicide is dishonorable. Suicide is a conscious decision that a person make to take their own life knowing that is wrong. It is a decision that inflicts pain and grief upon the people that they leave behind. Suicide is just an easy way out of life. Suicide is indeed a grave matter because it goes against the human and the Heavenly law that forbids one to kill, and to love life. One who commits suicide of course has full knowledge of their actions. Hence, they are taking their own life. Forever!

Religion | S/Million | Countries | Problem: Religion confounded with nationality – which is responsible for the variation in suicide rates? | Protestant | 190 | Prussia, Saxony, Denmark | | Mixed | 96 | ??say | | Catholic | 58 | Spain, Portugal, Italy | | Greek Catholic | 40 | Greece | |

Figure 1
Figure one shows a table of dominant suicide in religion. As it shows Protestants had the highest suicide rate in history. Although the table shows data of religious suicide in history, According to Dr. Reiss and Dr. Dombeck (2007) “exactly which religion(s), during what ages/developmental periods, and among which ethnicities remain unanswered questions. Many of the studies of the relationship between religion and suicide have been too small, contradictory, or flawed to make overall conclusions. However, research suggests that in the United States, areas with higher percentages of individuals without religious affiliation have correspondingly higher suicide rates. Involvement with a religion may provide a social support system, a direct way to cope with stressors, a sense of purpose and/or hope, and may lead to a stronger belief that suicide is wrong. Religiosity also seems to be related to other demographic factors; religious North Americans are much less likely than nonreligious people to abuse drugs/alcohol and to divorce (which are both associated with increased suicide risk)”

Works Cited

1 Chronicles. The Holy Bible: New International Version, Containing the Old Testament and the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Bible, 1978. Print.

Achebe, Chinua. "Chapter: 25." Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor, 1994. 206-09. Print.

Reiss, Natalie Staats, and Mark Dombeck. "Suicide Statistics." Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Wellness, Family & Relationship Issues, Sexual Disorders & ADHD Medications. 24 Oct. 2007. Web. 01 May 2012

Suicide (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved April 28, 2012, from Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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