Friday, December 14, 2012

If you commit suicide will you automatically go to hell? Is suicide an unforgivable sin?

First of all. If you are having suicidal thoughts please talk to someone immediately. God wants you alive! He needs you to make a difference in this world for good! He needs you to help others follow Him!

It is common to hear well meaning Christians say that “suicide is an unforgivable sin”. The reason people take this view is that #1killing is a sin (Exodus 20:13), #2 Any sin that is not repented of will not be forgiven (Luke 13:3), #3 Since you killed yourself, you cannot repent and ask God to forgive you. This writer believes this line of thinking is flawed in a few different ways.

There is no verse in the bible that says that suicide is an “unforgivable sin”. I would NOT ever say that 100% of the time when a person commits suicide that they cannot be forgiven. There are many variables in the the suicide equation. What if the person had some sort of mental breakdown and was not sane anymore? I do not believe that  person whose brain is not working right is entirely accountable for their actions. Also, what if it is a Christian who commits suicide? They may have always been following God, but had a momentary lapse of good judgment (maybe due to some sort of tragedy) and decided to make the horrible decision to take their own life. In this situation grace may come in and they may be forgiven. Although it may be morbid to think about, a person may commit the suicidal act, and before they die regret the decision, and pray to God for forgiveness.

Answer:
Ultimately it is not our place to make statements like "suicide is a sin that can never be forgiven". We need to leave those kind of decisions to God and try to reach out to those who are contemplating such actions and let them know that God loves them and wants them to live.
CS