Seen on PostSecret:
I’ll admit I don’t know how many Christians really believe their god would send suicide victims to hell, and some Christian resources suggest the same thing, though they do an awful job of handling the issue — if you gave your life to Jesus before committing suicide, you might still be saved! Or, from Christianity Today, “While there are no conclusive statistics on the phenomenon, some studies suggest a high rate of suicide attempts among young people with same-sex attractions. These are not people sticking their fists in the face of God. These are children who look in their own faces and hate what they see.” Sensitive little jerks, no?
For what it’s worth, the people who jumped from the buildings on 9/11 were officially labeled victims of homicide, not suicide. It’s not a consolation, of course, but seems relevant to point out.
To respond to the original secret, though, the Falling Man isn’t in hell now. He jumped out of the building to escape hell.
Side note about the picture: If you haven’t read Tom Junod‘s piece about this image, “The Falling Man,” do it now. It’s one of the best magazine articles you’ll ever read — all focusing on the image from 9/11 that dares us to get it out of our minds. If nothing else, just read the first paragraph. If you have read the article, check out the just-released epilogue from Junod.