What does the bible say about suicide?
Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.
This command includes one's own self.
Do not murder yourself or anyone else. The bible is silent when
it comes to suicide. God odes not mention if you will go to heaven
or not. But realize that life is one of the best gifts you could
ever get. Life is tough, but God is stronger and if you ask him to
help you and fix what's wrong, believe that He will.
God gave you a precious gift: Your life. Why would you waste it?
If you're having problems in life, ask God to help you! WITH GOD
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Suicide is "GIVING UP!"
Jesus tells us to "OVERCOME"... persevere... not give up!
"...we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; and patience, experience [CHARACTER]; and
experience [character], hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because
the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
which is given to us." (Rom.5:3-5)
Those who are Christ's are bound through obedience to Him to
fight for their salvation and their crown by not giving up on Him
or God's power to overcome the flesh and the pulls of the world.
Life is a struggle. If there were no struggle, there would be
nothing to overcome. [see: Rev.2:7; 11; 17; 26 & 3:5; 21 &
Life's struggles... experiencing the depths of iniquity...
builds character- good or bad - depending upon whether we reject
it, fight it and overcome it through Jesus Christ; or give in to
it, join it and succumb to it.
The war of overcoming is fought in accordance with God's Word...
with God's "armor" - [Eph.6:13-18).
And we can't wield that armor without plenty of "practice and
training"... which is accomplished through reading, study and
practical applied obedience to God's Word, the Bible:
"...if ye CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then are ye My disciples indeed;
and ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."
Nor can we fight and overcome unless we know our enemy. In this
world, men believe other men are the enemy. But God's Word reveals
that the real enemy of mankind that needs to be overcome, is an
"...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
The majority of the world, however, is unaware of this enemy...
and remains virtually "UNARMED" and "DEFENSELESS" to combat it.
This enemy, therefore, remains free to devastate the earth's
population with its greatest weapon - "HOPELESSNESS."
Suicide is the result of hopelessness. Hopeless people have
nothing to fight for. Suicides are committed by those who are
ignorant of God's armor and set upon by these invisible powers.
They don't know how to fight this enemy they can't see.
Suicide is "self-murder"... the breaking of the sixth
Commandment. It's just one of the ten transgressions against God's
law that defines "sin" [I John 3-4], for which Jesus died on behalf
of His creation.
It's difficult to imagine someone knowledgeable of God's Truth
committing suicide... but who's to know or say how far the
character development of any individual has progressed... or
The majority of the world, however, remains deceived and at the
spiritual mercy of its merciless enemy. ["...that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE
WORLD..." - Rev.12:9] And suicides abound.
Judgment Day is ahead of man, on the Last Day, in which he shall
give account of his life's works to his Creator. This vast majority
of mankind who lived their lives in ignorance of God's Truth... and
of the true nature of man's enemy... shall have all of this opened
to their understanding then. The books of the Bible shall be opened
for all the generations of men to know and understand:
"...and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works." (Rev.20:12)
When they finally have their once deceived and blinded hearts
opened, to understand the Wisdom and Truth of God, they will be
given their first opportunity, that they never had before, to
"believe" what they are hearing for the first time... and to
"repent" of a lifetime of sin... and to cry out for their Creator's
mercy and forgiveness, to receive God's gift of salvation.
Jesus has given us a glimpse into the proceedings of Judgment
Day in the gospel of John: "...in the Last Day, that Great Day of
the Feast [which pictures Judgment Day], Jesus stood and cried,
saying, IF ANY MAN THIRST, LET HIM COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK. He that
believeth on Me, AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of Living Water. (But this spake He of the Spirit,
which they that believe on Him should receive..." (John
That's not the picture most of us have been taught regarding
Judgment Day... but He certainly reveals a hopeful future for the
majority of mankind, whom most men seem to believe are "lost and
burning in some imaginary ever-burning hell" at this very
God hates a "quitter." Especially, those to whom He has revealed
His Truth, Wisdom, Understanding, and to whom He has given His Holy
Spirit. To quit at that stage in the development of their
"re-birth" and virtually thumb their nose at His mercy and His Holy
Spirit, is abominable to Him... and UNFORGIVEABLE [the Unpardonable
"...For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the
Holy Spirit, and have tasted the Good Word of God, and the powers
of the world to come, if they shall fall away [give up and quit],
to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame."
But, suicides that are the result of hopelessness are done in
ignorance of God's Truth, the Bible... by those devoid of God's
Armor... by those who are defenseless; assailed by the enemy of
whom they are unaware. Their sin is forgiveable, as are all the
other transgressions of men against the Commandments of God. If the
"sinner" who commits them is made aware of their transgression AND
REPENTS OF IT.
That's what the Bible says about "suicide." Sin is the
transgression of God's Commandments. Potential suicides "thirst"
for "hope." A reason for living in a dying world. And Jesus'
encouraging Words on that Last Day of that Feast of Tabernacles
[which pictures His coming thousand year rule on earth] over two
thousand years ago, provides hope of a miraculous outcome and
future for the majority of mankind at the Last Day.
Suicide isn't unforgiveable. It's the same tragedy as any other
sin we commit in ignorance of God's Commandments. The world has
long been hurt and still suffers from it. All of which shall be
assessed at the Last Day as to what each of us may have learned
from it... and whether or not we repent before God for it, in
accordance with His Word... the Bible... the books that shall be
opened on that Day for the sake of Truth and Understanding, that
Justice may be served.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do
you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells
in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For
God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not
overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your
Psalm 34:17-20 When the
righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all
their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the
crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but
the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not
one of them is broken.