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Causing death is unacceptable. The principle that governs Christian compassion, however, is not “minimize suffering.” It is “maximize care.” Were our goal only to minimize suffering, no doubt we could sometimes achieve it most effectively by eliminating sufferers. But then we refuse to understand suffering as a significant part of human life that can have meaning or purpose. We should not, of course, pretend that suffering in itself is a good thing, nor should we put forward claims about the benefits others can reap from their suffering. Jesus in Gethsemane—who shrinks from the suffering to come but accepts it as part of his calling and obedience—should be our model here. The suffering that comes is an evil, but the God who in Jesus has not abandoned us in that suffering can bring good from it for us as for Jesus. We are called simply to live out our personal histories—the stories of which God is author—as faithfully as we can. Our task, therefore, is not to abandon those who suffer but to “maximize care” for them as they live out their own life’s story. We ought “always to care, never to kill.” The Bible identifies God as our Creator, “the source of life.” (Psalm 36:9; Acts 17:28) In God’s eyes, life is very precious. For this reason, God condemns both taking the life of another and taking one’s own life. (Exodus 20:13; 1 John 3:15) Additionally, the Bible indicates that we should take reasonable precautions to protect our own life and the lives of others. ( Deuteronomy 22:8) Clearly, God wants us to value the gift of life. The Bible does not condone taking someone’s life even when the person is facing an imminent and unavoidable death. The example of King Saul of Israel supports this. When he was mortally wounded in battle, he asked his attendant to help end his life. (1 Samuel 31:3, 4) Saul’s attendant refused. However, another man later falsely claimed to have fulfilled Saul’s wish. This man was condemned as blood-guilty by David—a person who reflected God’s thinking on the matter.— 2 Samuel 1:6-16. The Bible does not list suicide as an unforgivable sin. Even though taking one’s own life is a serious sin, God fully understands factors such as mental illness, extreme stress, or even genetic traits that may lead to suicidal urges. ( Psalm 103:13, 14). Through the Bible, God provides comfort to those in distress. In addition, the Bible says that there will be “a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15) This shows that there is hope of a resurrection for people who have made serious mistakes, such as having committed suicide.