Throughout the years suicide has been dubbed by some as the unpardonable sin. However there is no Biblical support for this view. With that being said, suicide is still a sin because it is essentially self-murder. God is the giver of life (Job 1:21) and the number of our days is determined by Him (Psalm 139:16; Job 14:5; Psalm 39:4-7). When a person kills themselves they take their life into their own hands, but it is God’s role to decide when a person’s time has come to a close. Suicide is never a good option.
Now, with that being said, if a person was a believer and they killed themselves – yes, they are in heaven with the Lord.
There are perhaps some cases of suicide that might even be understandable – or perhaps we could say that if we were in their shoes we might understand why it happened… Take for example a Soldier wounded in battle facing the imminent threat of being captured. They know the enemy is brutal and will sadistically torture and murder them. In this instance, it might be understandable that a person would take their own life.
The first King of Israel, Saul, did this same thing when he realized he would soon be captured in battle (1 Sam 31:1-5). This is not to say that God supports or condones this though… In fact by this time, Saul had long abandoned God and his later years are not something we would consider wise or worth emulating.
But the fact remains, if this Soldier was a Christian and they took their own life… they are in heaven with the Lord.
Another example may be a person who has succumbed to a debilitating mental illnesses that has caused them to act in ways they never would have if they were still in their right mind. In a moment of clouded judgement they take out a weapon and kill themselves… This is really sad because the family knows that had he or she not been ill, they would have never done such a thing. Thankfully – if they were a Christian they are most certainly with the Lord.
These above cases are of course not the norm. Many people kill themselves in the midst of deep depression or because of enormous failures or setbacks in life. God does not want you to take your life and here is why: When we place our faith in Jesus Christ we can trust him with our train wreck of a life. No matter how big of a mistake we’ve made, how awful people think we are, or how beat up and bruised we are emotionally… Jesus stands ready to forgive us and transform us into a new creation! He deeply loves and care for you. In the Bible we read:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:18
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light -Matthew 11:28-30
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. -Hebrews 4:14-16
If you are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please tell someone and ask for help. You can also contact any person at Journey if you would like to just talk; we would love to meet with you! Your life matters and is precious to God!