Suicide “Part One” (2011)

Like many of you, I grew up believing that suicide was a sure one way ticket to Hell.  I mean the Bible does say “thou shall not kill” and though the Lord will forgive us from all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness if we just repent.  But one does not have the chance to repent if they commit suicide, so there is no other choice, but to send one to Hell.  That was the point that many would lean on and I held on as well, until…..

I knew of a man who was a deacon in the church, he loved God and lived holy as far as I know.  But whatever reason, beyond my knowledge and not my business, he committed suicide and with his death, I begin to question my traditional teachings.  We all have weakness and short comings, and while God looks on the outer appearance, the Lord looks at our hearts……     So this week we will study the act of suicide and eternal life.

TYPES OF SUCIDE

 Though most would agree that suicide is wrong, but we also must admit that murder is wrong or killing is wrong, but we must use balance in our teachings.  For there is killing in wars, the police kills, and so on.  So let us look at the different types of suicide in order to make our decision.   

Medically Assisted Suicide – I’ve never seen this as being acceptable. The doctor is supposed to save life, not destroy it. But, lately as destroying the lives of the unborn are more common place, destroying the lives of the sick has become the next logical step.
Suicide to prevent prolonged torture – Let’s say that someone was being tortured in an excruciating manner for an unbearably long period of time, like a prisoner of war, is suicide an option? Perhaps. But if it were in this situation, due to a sickness, some would say why wouldn’t it be all right in the medically assisted context if the patient were also in excruciating pain for long periods of time?
Suicide due to depression – Of course, this is never a good reason for suicide. Seasons pass and so does depression. The one who is depressed needs to look to Jesus and get help. Depression is real and powerful and is best fought with help. Also, severe depression robs the mind of clear thinking. People in such states are in a real way, not in their right mind.
Suicide due to a chemical imbalance in the brain – The human brain is incredibly complex and the medical community is full of accounts of extraordinary behaviors by people whose “circuits got crossed.” I don’t see how a situation like this would make it justifiable. I think it simply would make it more explainable.
Accidental suicide Sometimes people accidentally kill themselves. This could mean leaning over a balcony too far and falling to one’s death, or actually, purposefully taking a stupid risk like playing with a gun. Of course, with either, stupidity does not remove us from the grace of God. But then again, if it was an accident, it wouldn’t be suicide would it?

Let me say first that suicide is a sin, without a doubt; a thousand times it is a sin. The point of this lesson is to see or at least give an educated opinion if suicide is such as sin that it automatically sends one to Hell.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SUICIDE?

 “Do not be a fool–why die before your time?” (Ecclesiastes 7:17b)

Almost everyone would agree that life is the most precious gift that human beings have been given. Just the chance to be alive on this earth and play a part in the grand scheme of God’s eternal plan is a privilege indeed. Yet, despite this, there are times when life becomes so difficult or unbearable that many have, at one time or another, wished they were dead or had never been born. For some, these feelings linger–and if they linger long enough, suicide seems to be the only escape. In fact, in the United States (and stats are similar in countries around the world) the suicide rate has tripled among teen and young adults in the past 40 years.

What does the Bible say about suicide? How does God view it? Do all those who kill themselves go to Hell?

Very few would argue with the fact that suicide is a direct breaking of the Sixth Commandment which is, “Thou shalt not kill.” We are not to murder each other or ourselves. God created human beings in His image and each of us carries within us the potential to overcome the evil in this world and to rule and reign with Christ in heavenly places. If we are Christians, we no longer belong to ourselves, but to God. We are overseers of our bodies and our lives (which belong to Him), and we are responsible to guard that which has been entrusted to us. Suicide is a grievous sin that seriously hurts both the heart of God, and those who loved the deceased. The pain of losing a loved one who took their own life is not easily healed, and often isn’t fully healed until Heaven. Whether you are contemplating suicide or know someone who killed themselves, God wants you to know there is hope and life for you. He is the great Healer and Restorer of what has been lost or stolen.

Many of the greatest saints and heroes of the Bible faced overwhelming depression and sometimes wrote that they wished they had never even been born. King David, (Psalm 13:2-4), the prophet Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 20:14-18), and Job, (Job 7:15-16) among others, all reached low points where they despaired of their very lives.

Job says, “So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity” (Job 7:15-16).

Yet, each one of these men were blessed of God, and persevered through their trials as an example to us. Though they faced great suffering and injustice, they kept their faith in God and His goodness and in so doing, were sustained and led into abundant life.

Though we may get depressed from time to time, we believe that the act of suicide never takes place apart from demonic influences driving one to take their own life. Suicide is directly counter to the power of life that God has put so strongly into His creation. Everywhere we look we see life growing, even in the most hostile environments. This “survival instinct” is a gift from God. In fact, if He didn’t bestow this gift upon His creation there probably wouldn’t be any life on this planet at all! Suicide, then, is directly contrary to the will of God, and originated in the realm of the demonic host, who come only to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Though demons may try to tempt us to kill ourselves, as Christians we have power over the devil and he cannot push us to do this if we sincerely call on the name of the Lord! We are all in a spiritual battle. The problem is, many of us are not aware of it, and do not know how to protect ourselves against attack.

Published on February 4, 2012 at 9:59 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I know a boy was playing with a gun and shot himself. He was half Mexican.


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