Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.47.32 AMI read an article titled “Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?” that I believe is misleading and untrue. Although, I used the same title, as the article, I believe the better question is “Can I be a Christian and kill myself?”

The problem with being a Christian and killing yourself presupposes that God has given you a challenge that you were unable to handle and of course this is against Scripture. “There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Many men of God in the Scriptures desired death and yet God gave them ways to bear it. Elijah, Moses, and Jonah to name a few. Are they better than any believer in Jesus?

The Bible also declares that whoever destroys the temple of God will receive destruction from God.  “If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are” (1 Corinthians 3:17).

The Bible also declares that those who endure to the end. Suicide is not enduring to the end, would be saved. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

Christians have power with God. It does not mean we never sin again after being born again, but it does mean old things pass away and all things become new. Sadly, television programming like TBN and other popular Christian media outlets jump at the opportunity to make being a Christian cool, by promoting some washed up celebrity who claims to be a Christian. Their lifestyle has not changed and nothing is new, but the words coming out of their mouth.  You shall know them by the fruit they bear. Christian’s house the Son of God within them. God’s spirit lives inside them.

The article used Samson as a demonstrator of committing suicide, but Samson’s prayer makes this null and void. He asked God to take his life. God took it. Not Samson. Those pillars would not have been able to kill Samson with a strength anointing on him otherwise.

So in conclusion, I find it impossible to believe a Christian would commit suicide. It would be God’s failure to sustain and we all know with God all things are possible and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

7 responses to “Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?

  1. I just read this and I must say, i find this to be an interesting take. I think suicide is a delicate issue to handle. Now, I agree that suicide is a sin but even as a sin, if someone is “In Christ” there is no condemnation.

    What would you say to a believer who is struggling with a sin (lust, gambling, lying, etc.)? Every time they fall, they reap into the destructive sin nature which brings death. Are they forgiven though?

    Here’s a real life example: A young man who I knew, was active in the youth ministry. He was in high school and he actually had plans on becoming a youth minister one day. However, his life was cut short because he was in a vehicle accident, which he caused by excessive speeding.

    What would you say to that? He sinned (breaking the law), he destroyed the temple which is holy and allowed a temptation (peer pressure) and so he sped for the sake of popularity in front of his friends.

    Jesus promised to forgive us of all our sins (past, present and future).

    It is heart breaking that some people who claim Christ as their Lord would take their own life. But I will say this: I am one of the few who barely escaped not taking my own, years back. God’s grace was strong enough to get me through.

    In Christ,

    • Thank you for your comment.

      First, your comment presupposes someone is in fact in Christ, when in fact, all we can do is have confidence someone is in Christ based upon their profession and some fruit. That is why God handles the finally judging.

      Secondly, your scenario is based in anecdotal information.

      Thirdly, you did not give an example of a suicide, but an accident. Two very different things.

      Lastly, if God’s grace was strong enough for you, would it be too weak for others? Not at all. He is no respecter of persons.

      Now unto him that is able to KEEP ME, I give the glory. Thank you Jesus!

  2. My point in giving the example is that both are sins. In both examples, both people died while sinning. We can actually die with our final act on earth is sinning. (Terrible thought)

    And yes, God is the final judge. We should know others by their love for God and the fruit Christ produces through them.

    God’s grace is what empowers us to live for him, yes. I can only thank God for the strength he provided in getting me though.

    • Mike it is a terrible thought. It is a terrible thought that only Noah and his family where saved alive in the flood. The crowd following after their flesh and not minding the things of God were drowned by God. It is a terrible thought that Moses could send 12 spies into a land that God promises victory and only two give the same report God gave. The ten spies put fear into the people and caused them to perish. It is terrible thought many of the disciples where put to death for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Killed for a gospel of hope and love.

      Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

      But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:18-21).

      Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
      Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:1-6).

  3. Very good topic and discussion.

    There is a similar reference that could be included for context and a bit more color. People speak, look for, and try to identify the antichrist. True there are many already, and one will take the reigns as lord of the earth, but we are told to set our affections on things above.

    The devil is clever for he can rob us of missed grace by attributing time and purpose to him rather than God. What if I said I do not care who the antichrist is, would this make me less of a believer? I know his fingerprints, I know his voice, I need not go out of my way to give him attention.

    Along these lines, ‘the righteous tend to life,’ but people do commit such an act (suicide), and in part I sense, they think ‘nobody cares.’

    I do appreciate the analogies of all sin mentioned, lest one be greater. ALL unrighteousness is sin; is gluttony or stealing any less an offense than lying? God’s grace is a deep well, and I would be slow to suggest the well could ever run dry. Surely, the judge of all the earth will do right.

  4. Interesting take, but you seem to forget that the context of the verse you used (Matthew 10:22) has to do with the end times and the persecution of believers Jesus prophesied was coming. To apply it to suicide seems redundant to me since Jesus also warns us not to trust those in our own household.(v.21& 36)
    We also need to consider those with mental health issues that sometimes can cause people to take their own life. (And yes, Christians can be susceptible to mental health problems such as bi-polar and PTSD) As far as I can tell, the only sin that will destroy us is rejection of God’s forgiveness through His son, Jesus.
    Although God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear without making way to escape, (1 Corinthians 10:13) those who suffer mental anguish may choose another, less popular way of escape. Maybe that’s why 1 John 5: 16-17 wrote that, “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.”

    • Thank you for comment. I have scriptural examples of people in Scripture committing suicide going to hell. You have none. Not one Scriptural reference to back up your anecdotal comment.

      You have doctors who do not have the Spirit of God telling you what mental disorders are and how they function without any regard for the supernatural.

      I recall getting saved and having a supernatural experience for which I went to the doctor to solve. Unfortunately, they could not help me. I then prayed and fasted (without food and water) for three days and miraculously I was healed.

      I am not sure who you think I serve, but my God said that he would supply all my needs according to his riches in glory. He also said, he is not a respecter of persons. Black, spanish, asian, white, whatever, can call upon him in faith and be healed in the name of Jesus or taken home by him.

      1 John 5 does not help you here. We have Ananias and Sapphira as an example of sinning unto death. They were both filled in the heart by Satan, which would suggest they are in hell. How can God’s Spirit reside in someone and the also the spirit of Satan? Sinning unto death is not forward mobility to heaven, that is why the admonition given is “I do not say that he should make request for this.”

      A good book for you to read is called Deceptive Diagnosis by David Tyler & Kurt Grady. I found it to be informative.

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