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  1. Chester Bennington.the singer of Linkin Park has died last nite…and since i loved his song “In The End” so much…i wanna share with u guys here…

    • Suicide is the most selfish and one of the most wicked thing a human being can do.
      No matter the problems we face( and some of us go through mountains of it), no matter how hard things might be, suicide should never ever be an option.

      The storms of life don’t last forever, the never will, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
      They love for our loved ones should be more powerful and greater than the problems/depressions that leads to this kinds of actions.

      I know his family & friends will miss him dearly, my best and my prayer’s to them.

      • Agree stanley!…But,sometimes as a human being,we can’t help from made a mistake…sometimes the mistakes that we made can be altered..and sometimes not…sometimes the path that we choose may lead us to a junction that will take us to a dead end and we can’t find a way back…But,for some who’s still been given a breath to breathe this wonderful air that God give to us…please,don’t lose hope…it might be rain today..but,it’s not going to last..the sunshine will peek from the dark cloud at the end…Stay Strong!

    • MA, hello sweetheart!

      Thanks for posting that song from Linkin Park. .. it’s sad. RIP Chester Bennington.

      Please don’t worry about me…I’m quite spoiled here. Hope and pray
      you are quite well. It so nice to read your kind and wise thoughts. I love you!

      • I always feel incredibly sad to hear about an artist committing suicide.we know that great talent can also come with a very sensitive soul. But my heart breaks to see this extraordinarily gifted man leave us this way and far too soon.

        Life is a precious gift. I cannot imagine gettIng to such a dark place that one would take their own life. There must have been despair and a lot of pain. My thoughts are with his family and band members. They will struggle to deal with this loss.

        It’s terrible that someone who could inspire us with his musical gift, could not find peace and happiness for himself in this life.

        RIP

        • Nny!!…First of all..how r u Milady??Health is okay?Everything is perfect?…and I miss u too!…

          Yeah!Agree with u Nny!…it’s always sad when we hear that someone gave up that easily in this life…there’s always a solution to every problem…the key is be patient…don’t give up too soon…Keep on fighting…

          • MA,

            I am fine! All is good!

            I am devastated when anyone takes their own life. It’s a terrible waste. Those who are left behind suffer greatly. They mourn the death of a loved one, but are left to ask – why?

            I will not sit in judgment on someone who was suffering and in great pain. One would like to think that theee is always hope, even in life’s darkest moments. But sometimes the darkness is so deep and overwhelming that one cannot see the light or rays of hope.

            I am just sad that a talented musician could not find his way out of the darkness. Life is always worth living.

            • Hey back Nny!…Yeah,once again very agree with u..we lost so many great talent in music and act due to the lost of hope in life…i wish we will not hear this kind of news again this year..

              Btw…i’m happy to know that everything is okay in your life now Nny!…But one thing we lack atm Nny…RAFA!!…Urgh!I can’t wait to see his action in canada Nny!…Hope he can go deep,and will gain a lot of confidence from that…tho’ come USO,once again we rafans will nervously monitor his progress…but Master’s first!!…C’mon Rafa!!Woohoo!!

        • Hello Nny,

          It’s extremely sad. And I don’t know what Bennington suffered – probably a lot of painful depression along with what I remember reading: that he fought addiction/ had a rough upbringing. I haven’t made a study of the band. Only bought their first album, Hybrid Theory, years ago. Their first album meant a lot to me at the time. I’m very sorry Chester felt he had to go. I’ve lost friend(s) and one family member to suicide — seen how deep the struggle can be, up close and personal. Cannot call what I’ve seen of it selfish, but I hear people use that word in connection to suicide a lot. Maybe in certain cases but not when it’s a lifelong struggle with mental health disease — it’s not selfish in the cases I know personally.
          One of my Linkin Park favorites…

          • rc,

            I didn’t know that Chester battled depression and drug addiction and a rough childhood. He had his demons. That explains a lot.

            I know the band, but was not that familiar with their music. I guess it was just too much for him.

            I am sorry that you lost people to suicide. I can’t imagine how painful that must have been.

            I think it’s wrong to sit in judgment on anyone who commits suicide. Depression and drug addiction can take someone to a very dark place. I grieve for the loss of a life. But we can’t know their suffering.

            When I saw the news online, it just made me sad. Creative people can sometimes also suffer a lot.

            It’s a tragedy. But hopefully it can remind us that life is worth living, that life is precious. One would wish anyone contemplating suicide would reach out, but so many times they keep it inside.

            At least you helped me to know some of what this man was going through. I really feel for those close to him.

      • rc!!….You’re not posting yesterday!…and i’m miss u like crazyyyyyyyyyy!!!….Hehehe…you’re welcome babe!…And yeah!..After i know you’re with Mr rc..i admit i am less worry bout u baby!…

        Hey!…Take a look at the next page..you’re missing something that i posted 2 days ago for u…Oh!…I LOVE U…..MOREEEEEEEEEEE!!!WOOOHOOO!!

        • AM,

          I’m running out the door (still at George’s) but I will post later when there’s time. I don’t agree that suicide is always a selfish act. It’s much more complex than that. Take each case individually — it’s more often deep hopelessness and the decision taken after years and years of suffering. Anyway, the Bach adagio – is straight from God, every note, imo. It will all be sorted – it’s not ours to judge. For Chester and Linkin Park:

  2. rc!!…Yeah,i agree with u too…but,i don’t want to dwell much on it…don’t even want to judge why they took this path…it’s not our’s to judge actually…when i said i agree with stanley up there..i meant i was agreeing with almost everything he said except for the 1st line in his post…everybody have their reason for doing it…for us the outsiders who don’t know a thing what’s going on in their life shouldn’t be too quick to make a judgement..we’re not the one who’s suffered after all…

    Btw rc!!…running out the door???Oh God!!….”Please,please,please take care of my beloved rc and her nose and her injured arm…it seems she still didn’t learn from her clumsiness”…

    Btw rc!!…Oh God!!…the music is sooooooooo soothing!!…i almost fell off of my chair!…Thank u for posting it rc!!

  3. The Bible views suicide as equal to murder, which is what it is—self-murder. God is the only one who is to decide when and how a person should die. We should say with the psalmist, “My times are in your hands” ( Psalm 31:15).
    God is the giver of life. He gives, and He takes away ( Job 1:21). Suicide, the taking of one’s own life, is ungodly because it rejects God’s gift of life. No man or woman should presume to take God’s authority upon themselves to end his or her own life.
    Some people in Scripture felt deep despair in life. Solomon, in his pursuit of pleasure, reached the point where he “hated life” ( Ecclesiastes 2:17). Elijah was fearful and depressed and yearned for death ( 1 Kings 19:4). Jonah was so angry at God that he wished to die ( Jonah 4:8, if you read the whole story you would see that jonah was wrong and GOD was merciful). Even the apostle Paul and his missionary companions at one point “were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself” ( 2 Corinthians 1:8).
    However, none of these men committed suicide. Solomon learned to “fear(respect) God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” ( Ecclesiastes 12:13). Elijah was comforted by an angel, allowed to rest, and given a new commission. Jonah received admonition and rebuke from God. Paul learned that, although the pressure he faced was beyond his ability to endure, the Lord can bear all things: “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” ( 2 Corinthians 1:9).
    So, according to the Bible, suicide is a sin. It is not the “greatest” sin—it is no worse than other evils. However, suicide definitely has a deep and lasting impact on those left behind. The painful scars left by a suicide do not heal easily. May God grant His grace to each one who is facing trials today ( Psalm 67:1). And may each of us take hope in the promise, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” ( Romans 10:13).

  4. Parents are or should be role models to their child or children, they actions of a parent whether they are present or absent have a huge impact on their child’s or children’s life.

    Am not married and i don’t have a child, hopefully one day i will meet my one and only true love, who knows she could be here.
    When that day comes i will love my kids with ALL of my heart( and am not saying C. Bennington did not love his children) but one of the worse things that i could do to them is to abandon them or end my life, that’s selfish and wicked.

    Children need their parents especially in the days we are living in, i can write a lot on this subject but am a little busy and i don’t want to rush this sensitive & serious topic.

    • No, I think you just make people uncomfortable with the religious stuff, Stanley. I have nothing against religion, but you should keep in mind that not everyone subscribes to the same religion as you. Obviously it’s a free country and this is the non-tennis forum, so post all the Bible stuff you want. Just don’t be surprised if some people don’t really know how to respond to it if they aren’t religious/Christian…

        • Kevin,

          Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with GOD( JESUS CHRIST).
          Most people think that it is a religion but true Christianity is GOD’s grace & mercy extended to sinners( like you, me & the entire world), all we have to do is receive it by faith i.e puting our trust in JESUS CHRIST.

          GOD’s word( the bible) would say For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son( JESUS CHRIST died on the cross for the sin of the world), that whoever( it doesn’t matter who they are or what they have done, GOD is merciful) believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

          Kevin am a young man and i have spent most of my life outside the will of GOD, i know what it’s like not believe in God or have no faith but i also know the JOY, the MERCY and the GRACE of GOD that surpasses all understanding when you put your trust in JESUS, you become a new creation, every chain is broken.

          I won’t trade what i have in jESUS for anything this world has to offer, my faith in JESUS CHRIST my LORD & my SAVIOUR is greater and more precious than all.

          I would sincerely ask you to put your trust in JESUS, HE can forgive you and wash your sins as white as snow, you can have the assurance that when your time comes( we will die one day, me, you & all) you will spend eternity with a HOLY, JUST and MERCIFUL GOD.

          #Onlybelieve!
          #JESUSlovesyou!

          • In response to your previous post, when did I say that you should not say things about God or Jesus? I was just letting you why some people might not respond to it, since you asked if everyone was asleep. I specifically said post all you want on the non-tennis forum about spiritual matters, just don’t be surprised if some people don’t know how to engage in that conversation. So please don’t act like I said you should stop posting spiritual/religious things in order to “please me”…

            I was raised and confirmed Catholic, Stanley. I am not an Athiest. I am not anti-religion or anti-spirituality. I actually consider myself to be on some sort of spiritual journey through life. What I am, at this point in my life, is Agnostic, meaning that I just don’t know whether there is a God or not. I am the type of person who really needs tangible evidence of things to throw my faith behind it. While I am just not sure if there is a God, I am absolutely 100% open to the possibility that there IS a God. While I don’t believe any human who claims to “know” there is a God, I also do not believe any person who claims to “know” that there is NOT a God. In fact, deep down, I would love for there to be some sort of all-knowing, all-loving deity, or dieties. However, I just have yet to see any tangible evidence that there is or isn’t a God, so I have to remain Agnostic until I experience some sort of evidence of the existence/non-existence of a God or Gods.

            I understand that there are many people in the world who are able to have faith in something they have never seen, and I have much respect for those people. I have much respect for your faith, Stanley. Sometimes I even feel jealous of people like you who are able to have faith in something so deeply. Another aspect of religion/spirituality that is very difficult for me to grasp is the fact that there are many hundreds of different religions and theories of what God is, and all of them think that their version of God is the true real one and that all the others are wrong and crazy… So if only one can be right, how do we ever know which one is right?

            So that’s where I stand in terms of my own beliefs. Just know that I totally respect your beliefs. I was originally just trying to answer your question of why people maybe weren’t responding to your bible post. That is all.

            • I guess my issue is that people are of different faiths and we are all entitled to believe in our faith. There are those who are agnostic and don’t believe in God.

              For the record, I am Jewish. We do not recognize Jesus Christ. We also do not believe in Hell. I do believe in God.

              I gave no problem with anyone talking about their faith. But proselytizing is something else. To try to impose one’s faith on others or presume that their faith is the only one, is when it becomes a problem for me.

              There is no one religious faith in this world. When I read quotes from the Bible and comments referring to Jesus Christ as the only God or the Bible being the gospel, then I have a problem.

              There is no one faith. There are many faiths and they all deserve to be respected.

              Condemning anyone who commits suicide as evil or wicked, is wrong. That kind of judgmental attitude is just offensive to me. Nobody thinks suicide is a good idea. Life is precious. But for those who cannot find peace or relief and are sufferIng and can’t find a way out, they should not be condemned. Spirituality should be about compassion and forgiveness.

              I am not going to get into anti-semitism. That’s another discussion. In the movie “Inherit the Wind”, Spencer Tracy plays Clarence Darrow and at one point in the Scopes trial he says – the Bible is a book, it’s s good book, but it’s not the only book.

              I think that sums up my feelings.

            • Kevin,

              You write like a nice person and i will love to talk to you more, you sound like me a few years ago and i understand some of the questions you have.

              When i said “is everyone sleeping” i was just asking because i wanted to chat with someone, i couldn’t sleep and all my friends in the real world lol! were all asleep, please don’t misunderstand.

              I lived my life without GOD for a long time and i know what that’s like, my faith in JESUS CHRIST is more real to me than the very stars that i see in the night, it’s more precious than everything i own, including my life.

              Kevin salvation is not just an important subject, it’s the most important revelation because it deals with the eternal destination of a human being.

              I was planning on writing more but i will stop here for now cos am exhausted, i didn’t sleep well yesterday and i woke up early today, i was with some friends and they have depleted all my energy.

              I promise to post a comment related to this subject either on sunday, monday or on tuesday, i believe it might answer some of your questions and direct you towards the right path.

            • Agnosticism is an interesting concept, Kevin. As far as I know, it’s only applied to the case of belief in God. Otherwise, we generally default to the position that if there isn’t good evidence to believe something, we don’t believe it.

              I don’t believe in God for the same reason I don’t believe there’s a purple elephant in my living room: I don’t have any good evidence to believe there is.

              Do I *know* there’s no God? Well, no. Does that make me an agnostic? Well, am I agnostic about the purple elephant in my living room? I don’t think so. I think I just don’t believe there is one. And I think we should adopt the same attitude in both cases.

  5. Being a Pagan i dont believe in god anyway, only that when you go you go onto the next level, i dont believe for one minute that anybody that goes down the suicide root does it lightly, and i dont think people should judge people that do take their own lives, nobody knows what emotional inner demons and turmoil a person is probably going through, debt, depression, loss of a loved one etc, all very well for people to play god and say things get better, but they dont always , im not saying its wrong or right, but sometimes people cant see a way out ….

    • Suicide is not the answer to whatever problems etc we face in life, it should never be an option.
      There are those who steal, prostitute, kidnap etc because of poverty but that does not mean their actions are okay the are wrong, i can name many examples but i think you get my point.
      Our problems should not lead us to make catastrophic decisions,especially suicide.

      The problems we face in life does not give us the justification to do that which is bad/evil.
      I don’t want to get personal but i know what it’s like to face giagnatic mountains/problems, you don’t know what to do, where to start, it feels like the world is against you, life just becomes bitter, bitter & bitter and you want to throw in the towel, but i thank GOD that i met a friend that sticks closer than a brother his name is JESUS CHRIST, i thank GOD for his LOVE and strength in my time of need.

      If we trust him(JESUS), he will walk with us and lead us through every trial and tribulation, he will move those mountains that are immovable and break those chains that are unbreakable by man, JESUS loves us and he died for our sins, when we trust him we receive the gift of GOD which is eternal life through Jesus Christ.

      I know that mental illness can lead to suicide and i sympathize with those who go through this and i hope that they get the help they need, GOD knows our heart and is JUST & MERCIFUL.
      I also know that some drugs( both legal & illegal) have some side or nagative effects that lead to suicidal thoughts/tendecies, depression etc, some were banned a few years ago and you should ask a or your doctor for advice b4 you take any drug.

      You should also do some research to learn more, i also read in an article that chester bennington had a problem with drugs, alcohol etc.
      I liked one of their songs “Numb/Encore” a few years ago, i haven’t listened to it in yrs, he was a good vocalist.

      I wish his family the best!

  6. A Psalm of David.
    1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    He leads me beside still waters.
    3 He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.( PSALMS 23)

  7. To change to a more cheerful subject have just been watching Chris Froome powering his way to his fourth TdeF title (barring a catastrophe on the Champs Elysee) tomorrow.

    The above is for RITB who I know is a fellow TDF fan.

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