I'm sure that most Christians would agree that suicide is wrong; that is, it is a sin to take one's own life. However, we hear stories of people who die saving others' lives (e.g. a fire-fighter who dies from smoke inhalation after saving a family from a house fire, or a soldier who jumps on a grenade to save his friends), and we certainly don't condemn them for committing actions that caused their death.
The question I pose is: where is the line between suicide and selfless sacrifice? The idea popped into my mind recently (my brother introduced me to the Trolley Problem
, which is a kinda similar dilemma), and I can't think of a good brightline. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Some things to consider:
If one is intentionally standing on subway tracks and intentionally doesn't move when they see a train coming, that would be considered suicide, and would be condemned by many people. If, in the same situation, one is not moving because they are lifting a child to safety, they are considered a hero.
If one dies through inaction to preserve their own life (but while preserving other people's lives), how is that different than committing suicide and donating their organs to save other people's lives?
Just thought this was an interesting (albeit disturbing) topic. I believe there should be obvious brightlines separating sins and non-sins, so I'm looking for the brightline here.
"The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits"
- G.K. Chesterton