Robin Williams and Suicide

A few days after the tragic suicide of Robin Williams occurred, much has been written and said regarding the death of this comedian/actor.  Much of what has been written has been helpful, but much of what has been written has also been harmful or misleading.  One of the most helpful things I’ve read in the wake of all this is entitled, “Robin Williams didn’t die from a disease, he died from his choice.” You can find it at the link here, written by Matt Walsh.  Check it out and I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.


2 thoughts on “Robin Williams and Suicide

  1. Here is a friend of mine, Jeff McDowell’s, response to this article. I think it bares re-posting.

    I would also encourage that we’re not too quick to dismiss the choices the LORD puts before us. This is the point of the article that I find compelling (that choice is involved within the human condition). And biblically speaking, if we’re held responsible before God, then yes, choice plays a role. This is the clear teaching of the Word of God. Scripture is either true or it is not. We are held accountable to handle the Word of God accurately. If there are exceptions to responsibility for a soul before the LORD, then this is clearly for the LORD to judge. It is not Judgement Day nor am I the Judge. Let’s leave that to Whom it belongs! If there are extenuating circumstances to which there is no working will, then let’s show humility and allow God to make that call. But remember exceptions are just that: exceptions! Our goal as followers of Christ is to proclaim truth. The truth of God’s Word teaches that humanity is responsible before Him, particularly what they have or have not done with His Truth, His Word, His Son. However, as another warning, don’t mistake a belief in human choice and responsibility to imply that in a fallen world, marred by sin and human depravity, that every soul has the same opportunities for choice across the board. To what degree that a soul has been marred through the fall and depravity and how this ultimately affects his/her free will and ability to respond to the LORD, remains to be seen. Again, eternal judgement (and one’s standing) ultimately fall into the hands of our God. Nevertheless, that same God teaches me/us that such judgement will involve our choices and moral responsibility before Him. So in conclusion, this is why I personally hold to (preach and teach) a strong choice model when it comes to the actions that we as humans do before Him.

  2. I don’t agree that this is a reality choice. If anyone has ever been extremely depressed, they lose their hold on reality. I don’t believe that Jeff was at the same low that some can reach. If you can rationalize then you are not at the very lowest point. I have been there. I have been a Christian all my life and yet I could not think clearly. By the grace of God my daughter noticed and we sought medical attention immediately.
    I did not know what I was doing at that time. It came on suddenly and I didn’t see it. With medical attention, it did not last long but I will never forget it. Never!
    There is no way I could say that Robin Williams made a conscious choice to die.
    We should not make the statement that people have a choice.
    They don’t always have a choice.

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