Does Someone Go To Hell For Committing Suicide
"Does someone go to hell for committing suicide?"
Those who are adamant that a person who
takes his life is committing a mortal sin, and will go to hell, are basing their
belief on church doctrine rather than on the Bible. Scripture is silent on the
subject. There are no verses that say "He who takes his own life shall be
damned." According to Scripture, only one sin does not have forgiveness,
and that is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Mark
3:29). That means there is forgiveness for every other sin.
Some quote 1
Corinthians 3:17, which says that God will destroy someone who
"defiles" the temple of the Holy Spirit. Yet, there is disagreement
about what it means to defile the temple. Does this include suicide? Does it
include illicit drug abuse (slow suicide), prescription drug abuse, cigarettes
(deliberately breathing in poisons that will eventually kill), tattoos,
over-eating (digging a grave with your spoon), or alcohol abuse?
God forbid that we add to the pain of someone who has lost a loved one
through the tragedy of suicide, by making a judgment about their eternal
destiny. God is the ultimate Judge, and we should therefore leave the issue in
His hands. It would be wise to follow the biblical example and not come to any
verdict in the case of suicide.
Can one who commits suicide be saved?
by Mark Spence
Suicide is a grave sin equivalent to murder (Exodus
20:13; 21:23), but it can be forgiven like any other sin. And Scripture says
clearly that those redeemed by God have been forgiven for all their sins--past,
present, and future (Colossians
2:13-14). Paul says in Romans
8:38-39 that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
So, if a true Christian would commit suicide in a time of extreme weakness, he
or she would be received into heaven (Jude
1:24). But we question the faith of those who take their lives or even
consider it seriously--it may well be that they have never been truly saved.
I say that because God's children are defined repeatedly in Scripture as those
who have hope (Acts
24:15; Romans 5:2-5, 8:24; 2 Corinthians 1:10, etc.) and purpose in life (Luke
9:23-25; Romans 8:28; Colossians 1:29). And those who think of committing
suicide do so because they have neither hope nor purpose in their lives.
Furthermore, one who repeatedly considers suicide is practicing sin in his heart
23:7), and 1
John 3:9 says that "no one who is born of God practices sin." And
finally, suicide is often the ultimate evidence of a heart that rejects the
lordship of Jesus Christ, because it is an act where the sinner is taking his
life into his own hands completely rather than submitting to God's will for it.
Surely many of those who have taken their lives will hear those horrifying words
from the Lord Jesus at the judgment--"I never knew you; Depart from me, you
who practice lawlessness" (Matthew
So though it may be possible for a true believer to commit suicide, we believe
that is an unusual occurrence. Someone considering suicide should be challenged
above all to examine himself to see whether he is in the faith (2
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