Parasites like him are the ones who make life hell for so many others like gays and women, by propagating homophobia and other nonsense that ultimately leads to so many people struggling with bullying and depression that some of them even kill themselves. Every chance they get, they only spew more lies and bigotry to make life hell for others. Such people don't grieve for parents who lost their gay children to suicide, so he deserves no sympathy himself. Fuck him and fuck everything he stands for.
“Life is a gift...
Life is a test...
Life is temporary assignment....”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
Looks like your son flunked, asshole.
Richmond, to answer your question: Even if that Christian believes that suicide is a terrible sin, they will still be prone to believe that their loved one is in heaven because ultimately they recognize that they can't know the mind of their god nor pronounce his judgement. Essentially, they think God is more merciful than to condemn a person for a singular act, and continue to hold on to hope that they will see their loved one again one day. Like all things in religion, it's the personal and emotional connections that cause one's beliefs to change.
In the news, Rick Warren (or his family) asked for prayers. I am puzzled as to exactly what prayer they wanted.
For all here saying that suicide is the unforgivable sin, there is one other--nonbelief. You can be the worse murderer, child molester, rapist, and repent and go to heaven. But non-belief, you will burn in hell.
** Goest thou for the book deal -- don't forget movie rights
Dear "Pastor" Rick,
When is the book detailing your ordeal with a severely depressed son going to hit the Xian-Fox talk circuit? GriefLit is a big genre. And "God" never overlooks an opportunity to bring material blessings to his big supporters.
"Having our son was a blessing... and our hearts would be inconsolable without our steadfast belief in God's power -- which however inscrutable can be turned into cash."
It's not over until the fat xian ladies pay for autographed copies.