What Does the Bible Say About Suicide?



Question: “What does the Bible say about suicide? Is it acceptable to God or does He consider it murder?”



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In the Sixth Commandment, God says, You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13).  The act of suicide appears to be self-murder and murder is a sin.


The debate centers on the idea that a person who commits suicide does not have an opportunity (time) to ask for forgiveness, thusly still holds their sin of suicide and God will not let a person into heaven who is covered with sin, while others maintain that God would not keep a person from Heaven because of their last unrepented sin.


The question is, will the sin of suicide condemn a person to hell or will a person who would otherwise go to heaven still go to heaven.


The Bible does not give a clear answer to this question. The Bible itself contains 6 cases of suicide, but besides the historical fact, it does not make a clear statement that God condemned or accepted any of the acts of suicide (with the exception of Samson, who was considered a martyr because with the extra strength God gave him, he was able to kill thousands of Israel’s Philistine enemies).

 

But how does God view our bodies? Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).


There are many scriptures that tell us we are God’s temple, that we belong to God, and that we do not have a right to take our own life.  And we know that suicide often is the result of depression that normally comes from Satan. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). The questions surrounding suicide and abortion center on who owns your body.  


While some go to great effort to bend scripture and theology to say that a loving, merciful God will welcome a person who has committed suicide into heaven, the truth is we do not know.  We can hope, but this mystery is in the hands of God.  He is the judge, and for some reason, has elected not to tell us.



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