The question is simple. Do believers that are victims of suicide go to heaven? Is there salvation for them? The answer is obviously not so simple. In all things let us go to the Word for answers.
Let’s go to The Fall in Genesis: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:17).
This verse is depicting the wrong that has been committed and the now perfect life that Adam and Eve enjoyed will no longer be the same. Sin entered the world. That being said, this fallen world not only has physical illness like cancer and pandemics, but also has mental illness. With the physical illness came mental illness, we should not be naive to that. Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD are disorders that have been commonly linked to suicides.
Believers suffer from mental illnesses just like everyone else. They learn to manage it just as anyone else does. From my experience believers that suffer from mental illness have learned a lot from God as they are constantly looking to Him for strength. They are no different from any other believer; they sin just like everyone else. Except their sins are often in different forms.
Suicide is considered a sin, as it is commonly considered to be the breaking of a Commandment as it is technically murder of oneself. “You shall not murder” (Deuteronomy 5:18).
Entrance to Heaven is not contingent upon works whether good or bad, it’s only through faith in Jesus Christ alone. “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
This means that no matter what the person has done, good or bad, if they have received Christ then they will be saved by faith and faith alone. Everyone is a sinner. If a believer commits suicide is that not a sin that is covered by the blood of Christ? To say that suicide is some unforgivable sin is to say that Christ died on the cross for every sin but suicide. We know that simply isn’t true. Christ died for ALL sins. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
God’s grace, love, and mercy has never been broken by the sinners’ sin. His promise is true.
There are believers that give into their mental illness and end their lives. What they did was wrong. It’s a sin. Suicide is not OK. God still loves the believer who takes his life. God’s love is so great that nothing can separate us from it. “nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).
In this world I’ve known a lot of people with mental illnesses, believers and non believers alike. I’ve known believers who’ve taken their lives. Christ is the ultimate hope. It’s hard to see the hope at times. We should be aware of our friends who suffer from these type of ailments. Come beside them, comfort them, and read God’s word to them whether they’re a believer or not.
To any believer contemplating suicide: Personally I struggle with things like depression and anxiety, and there was a time where suicide was a very real thought for me. But God brought me far from that twisted thought. And he gave me a mission. God will use you too.
Believers in Christ who are victims of suicide do in fact, go to Heaven.
Jesus died for our sins and then he rose again so that we would know that death isn’t the end.
Death Has No Sting.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).