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Question: "What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?"

The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul's armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4-6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). Five of them were wicked, sinful men (not enough is said regarding Saul's armor-bearer to make a judgment as to his character). Some consider Samson an instance of suicide (Judges 16:26-31), but Samson's goal was to kill the Philistines, not himself. 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.

According to the Bible, suicide is not what determines whether a person gains entrance into heaven. If an unsaved person commits suicide, he has done nothing but “expedite” his journey to hell. However, that person who committed suicide will ultimately be in hell for rejecting salvation through Christ, not because he committed suicide. What does the Bible say about a Christian who commits suicide? The Bible teaches that from the moment we truly believe in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life (John 3:16). According to the Bible, Christians can know beyond any doubt that they possess eternal life (1 John 5:13). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). If no “created thing” can separate a Christian from God’s love, and even a Christian who commits suicide is a “created thing,” then not even suicide can separate a Christian from God’s love. Jesus died for all of our sins, and if a true Christian, in a time of spiritual attack and weakness, commits suicide, that would still be a sin covered by the blood of Christ.

Suicide is still a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. Serious doubts should be raised about the genuineness of faith of anyone who claimed to be a Christian yet committed suicide. There is no circumstance that can justify someone, especially a Christian, taking his/her own life. Christians are called to live their lives for God, and the decision on when to die is God’s and God’s alone. Although it is not describing suicide, 1 Corinthians 3:15 is probably a good description of what happens to a Christian who commits suicide: “He himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”



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Comment by jennifer hodge on March 4, 2012 at 10:48pm

I believe that with God we can over come any tragedy in our lives. I know that our strength to over come is through God's word; the bible tells us that it is the bread of life. We must feed on His word daily for spiritual strength,  just as we eat food for our physical strength. The wisdom and strength that you gain from your "eating The Word", is your tool for fighting all temptations, including suicide. May God give you strength to keep fighting, with Him all things are possible, in Jesus name amen.

Comment by jennifer hodge on March 4, 2012 at 10:38pm

I have a brother that attempted suicide; he died later at the hosp.....I believe that only God can take the life of a christian. my brother's heart was broken and his love rejected and he was tossed out like an old dish rag, I thank God that he accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and savior as a young man.  God was there with him on his knees, he cried out in his pain and God took him home.

Comment by lise neville on March 24, 2011 at 4:37pm

what about suicidal thoughts?

I believe in Christ...But I live with such deep depression that even though I know with out doubt suicide is wrong I think about it one if not several times a day.

I have NO INTENTION of acting on these thoughts but but I can't seam to rid myself of them. The fight is exhausting.

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