Is There Salvation For Suicide?

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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).

 

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  1. A man dead in the flesh but alive in the spirit holding fast in the spirit and in hope will take his own life….this issue ain’t for your feelings to decide dear one…its for God. Happy are those that persevere. Happy are those that teach what Christ taught. Happy are those that lift up their fellow man in truth. Bear your sins but live not in them…cast your cares upon the Lord. Over and out

  2. I’m sorry if I may offend anyone, but this is not truth to anyone suffering. How can a Christian go through mental illness and think that they have to live with it? What did Christ do on the Cross?? He came to proclaim victory in all things and to destroy the works of hell against our lives! Thereby giving us the power to trample on all snakes, demons and scorpians!!
    If any believer kills themselves, they are not guaranteed salvation because who controls the mind of someone who is depresses, suicidal and oppressed? Demons of course! So there is no chance of salvation for those who claim to believe in God but commit suicide as they haven’t giving themselves to God 100% and cleansed themselves of the works of the devil upon their lives. Think about it!
    There is a cure for mental illness, especially if it is spiritual – the power of deliverance! God did not bring us into this world to be a shame to His name! No way, but to proclaim the victory over evil and win souls through Him!
    So my advice to every person who reads this: think intelligently, turn to the Word of God yourself and understand that suicide is a fast-track access into hell. Even God said Himself that He will not count the many years of righteousness a man has, if for one day he commits an act of unrighteousness and refuses to repent (in the book of Ezekiel). Do not be deceived!

  3. DianaOnyeka does battling demons make you any less Christian? Everyone struggles with their demons whether it’s depression, alcoholism, pornography, lust, etc. I’m also sure you give into your demons every once in a while. God does give us strength, but how many times have you been too weak and have given in?

    Christ died on the cross for our salvation. He did not eradicate sin from the world. Sin very much still exists within each and every one of our lives. God has given us grace for when we fall and salvation accompanied by everlasting life.

    God has delivered us but we all struggle. Some more than others. We can’t assume that everyone takes depression the same way. Some just can’t handle it. Is it wrong to kill yourself? Yes. Does God still love a sinner? Yes.

    Just because someone has given into sin does not mean we are going to hell. If that were the case, then we are all doomed.

  4. I’ma lay this realll thin. I’d jerk off all da time, holla at girls to get ass. I wanted to make money and i was out for mine. The moment God convinced me to make the decision to lay my life down and i layed that ish down what grace. I didn’t jerk off again a day after that. The battle became a battle at the reins of my mind and heart as i was shown all my folly. I ran to God i ran and ran. I was stressed, tempted, tried, stretched, people hated me, stole from me and i ain’t give into nothing. What ball park you playing in cause it ain’t where we play. Happy are the faithful for they have been tried and made as white in the Lambs blood Amen. Christs kingdom ain’t up for debate.

  5. Scripture? No rhetoric or cliches. Well thought out, contextually responsible interpretation of the word??

  6. I very strongly agree with you on this topic and I too was in a position where I tried to end my life, numerous times, but the Lord has a plan for me and death wasn’t apart of it. I’ve been raised to life in Christ and I know that if He did it for me and for you that He’ll do it for anybody who cries out to Him for new life.

  7. One of the Ten Commandments says thou shall not kill but you are killing yourself. And I just went straight to the point.

  8. I don’t want to progress to any debating here, but I can say one thing: I used to be depressed, even when I claimed to be a “Christian”. I used to suffer with spiritual attacks, always feeling low to the point of conteplating suicide and also listened to music that fed my inner pain. But after many years of suffering this way, I found the solution to this depression and today I found the freedom I was so much in search for.
    I don’t understand why we should struggle and feel weak about it. Yes we go through endless problems, but it shouldn’t even lead to mental illnesses because we have the power in Christ to overcome them!
    You have to claim this freedom from God and put an end to this slavery from the devil, because Jesus Christ came to set the captives free! Have you been demanding from yourself that this freedom from sin’s wage is entitled to you? Or have you continued to accept this misery because of we have no other choice? What God allows us to go through things that we are unable to bear, yet present a way out of our situation, so that we can testify in His glory that He is indeed our Redeemer!
    We have the right to be set free from demons and stop allowing the devil to manipulate our thoughts! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and don’t accept to give up by killing yourself!
    The only way for you to truly find freedom is when you have the presence of God, His Spirit inside you! Nothing is impossible to those who believe!

  9. Paul and Moses were both murderers! Paul persecuted Christians, yet God chose him for salvation.. The only unforgivable sin is unbelief in Christ, as Hebrews states over and over

  10. The only unforgivable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
    Mark 3:28-30 KJV
    Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

  11. The word “blasphemy” is a compound word made from the Greek words “to speak” (phemi) and “to hurt” (blapto). It describes the act of speaking of someone in a hurtful way.
    Blasphemy is the opposite of praise and worship. Praise is to speak good of someone. Worship is to assign worth to someone. Blasphemy is to speak evil and to attempt to take worth away from one that is deserving of such. Blasphemy is speaking evil against God. This is a serious sin. In the Old Testament, it called for the death of the offender.
    Leviticus 24:16 (NASB) ‘Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
    Blasphemy was a serious crime. It was a capital offense. And yet, even blasphemy can be forgiven. The Apostle Paul confessed to having been “a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor” (1 Timothy 1:13). But he was shown mercy.
    We have a God who forgives. Forgiveness is a crucified Messiah praying to His Father that those who had pounded the nails into His flesh would not be held accountable. This is why Jesus came. He came to die and by His death purchase forgiveness for all His elect. He is able to forgive every manner of evil – except one.
    In context, the scribes had been given all of the evidence. They had seen the miracles. They had heard the teachings. And they still rejected Christ. They have just accused Him of performing miracles by the power of Satan. They have witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit, and they said, “That is Satan!” They pointed to the Holy Spirit and said, “Unholy and unclean!” They rejected the very One in whom it was necessary to believe in order to receive forgiveness. As a result, there remained no possibility of forgiveness.
    These scribes made the most serious accusation; that what Christ had done by the power of the Holy Spirit in testimony to His Messiahship, was attributed to be the work of the devil. Jesus was saying that it is the power of the Holy Spirit that is revealing who He is and what He came to do. The power of the Holy Spirit has made that so evident. The clear revelation of Christ as the Messianic King, affirmed by the unmistakable healing and deliverance by the power of the Spirit, was totally rejected and declared to be of the devil. They attributed the work of God to Satan.
    Technically the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be committed today. Jesus Christ is not physically on earth. No one can witness Jesus Christ performing a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit.
    Today, the only unpardonable sin is to die having rejected Jesus as Savior. Any sin today can be forgiven. But if they deny the person and work of Jesus Christ, there is no means by which God can forgive them–because they have denied the only way to salvation. That’s the unpardonable sin. The unpardonable sin is to deny Jesus as the Christ. Every other sin can be forgiven. But to reject Jesus Christ as the Savior leaves no means by which God can grant forgiveness.
    John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus said^ to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
    That truth is stated over and over and over again in the New Testament–that Jesus is the only way of salvation. But many so called Christians are very offended by that, so they will refer to us as being intolerant, rigid, judgmental fundamentalists. They want to be considered Christians, but they deny the very essence of Christ Himself.
    So if the unforgivable sin is to reject Jesus Christ, then no Christian can commit this sin. Our sins, all of them, are forgiven forever.
    Colossians 2:13 (NASB) And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
    The Greek word for “forgiven” here is charizomai, it means: “forgiveness as the result of grace or an act of love.” It means to bestow a favor unconditionally. How many of our sins are forgiven? ALL. Not just the past sins, not just the present sins, not just the big sins, not just the little sins, but ALL of them. Paul put it this way in Romans:
    Romans 8:1 (NASB) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    This text teaches us that there is no condemnation, no punishment, no judgment to those in Christ Jesus. We are no longer in Adam and will, therefore, not receive punishment for Adam’s sin. We are now “in Christ” and have received His righteousness.

  12. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV) [19] Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; [20] you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. It is up to God when we die not us. In His time.

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