Dealing with Suicide

Yesterday morning, I woke up and for some strange reason I was thinking about people  who commit suicide. Where do they go; heaven or hell? So I decided,  in my mind, they go to hell. Murder is sin. They murder themselves and don’t have time to repent. Right??….. Well …..

I went to Sunday school yesterday morning and Pastor Clayton got to talking about suicide. I don’t think he really meant to get on the subject, but he did.  He was talking about the only unforgiven sin.   Matthew 12:31-32

31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

So does this mean suicide is forgiven? It clearly says the only unforgiven sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. It even says words against Jesus are forgiven. Another scripture he brought out is           Romans 5:20-21

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So where do people go who commit suicide? I personally do not know for sure and Pastor Clayton never said he knew for sure. I think it is the easiest argument to say hell. I also think grace goes far beyond what we can comprehend. We are not to judge, but we are to be judged. So if you are dealing with a lost loved one who has committed suicide, and your not sure what to think, just remember, where there is sin, there is much more grace.

As a side note….

Just because the lord is very gracious, it doesn’t mean we can go about sinning all the time.        Romans 6:1-4

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.


3 Responses to “Dealing with Suicide”

  1. 1 Josh
    July 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Who knows …I do think that depression is a real medical, clinical condition, and sometimes that can make people (even those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them) do very irrational things. I can think of two men right off in the bible that wanted to die before God wanted them to, Jonah and Elijah, but they did not take their own lives. Was their desire sinful? Yes, because they failed to trust God with their lives (Romans 14:23 …”anything not done in faith is sin”) but did that cut off their relationship to God? No. Just because a Christian’s sin (in depression or grief) takes their life, I cannot say that means that person goes to hell as a rule. That raises the sin of suicide to a “super-sin” which isn’t fair to adultrey, lying, and other types of idolotry. Practicing sin, loving sin, living in sin means hell, falling into temptation and committing a sin means you are a weak sinner, which is what all Christians are. Who knows what is going on in the mind of a person that is suffering from severe depression.

    On the other hand we have Judas, the most famous suicide ever. Judas went to hell but it was not merely becuase of his final act of sin (murder of himself) it was as you pointed out blasphemy of the Holy Spirit that declares Jesus is the only name under heaven by which men are saved. Judas failed to place his trust in Jesus Christ, and the wrath of God came upon him for it.

    I would just ask this question about anyone who has committed suicide. Was the driving theme of their life the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life or did they love Jesus Christ as the theme of their life, but sadly fell into temptaion in a moment of deep greif and suffering, leading them to make a huge mistake?

  2. July 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    “I also think grace goes far beyond what we can comprehend. We are not to judge, but we are to be judged.”

    Devin, you nailed it right here with this statement. We cannot even fathom the depths of His grace. If we can trust Him for our salvation, why can’t we trust Him for the salvation of others? Good post! – Laurie

  3. 3 Meredith
    July 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Good post! These are great questions to think about and check out to see what scripture says. Its actually a catholic teaching that says those who take their own life go to hell. It all really is a matter of being bought by the precious blood of Christ. If we have been redeemed, we belong to God and nothing can separate us from Him. God transcends time. He is above it. This is hard for our finite minds to comprehend. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He knows his sheep. When Jesus died of the cross and paid the price of sin for all who would believe, it was past,present, and future sins. We were justified. Jesus paid the price in full! Wow, what a glorious Savior!

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