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Suicides: Do they go to Heaven?

I realize a while back there was a discussion on this topic, but I am sorry I can't seem to find it and I can't remember if there was any agreement as to the outcome in such a situation as this.  I am asking again now for clarification on this topic because I was asked this question today by a friend who I was talking with about a lady who was in the depression and anxiety group I had attended in the past.  I was notified earlier today that she had passed away after being hospitalized when her son came home and found her collapsed in the floor unconscious.  Apparently she had slid back into the life of drug abuse and become in an ever increasing state of depression.  She overdosed on her b/p medicine which left her comatose and on life support for a week until she passed yesterday morning.  I wonder is she will ever be peaceful???

Thank you for any light you might be able to shed on the subject for me.  I don't like my thoughts or my feelings on this subject because I was brought up that suicide is the ultimate sin because you cannot or are not able to ask forgiveness for it.  

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  • Until half a century ago suicide was illegal here in the UK, I don't remember anyone who succeeded being arrested though, but people could get arrested and taken to court for attempted suicide.  People who committed suicide here were not allowed to be buried  in sanctified ground, that's a church cemetery.  The lay laws were repealed here but God's law remains in force.

    "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]

    Of course another description of suicide is 'self murder' which is covered under the Ten Commandments, "You shall not murder,"  The unforgivable sin is a sin against the Holy Spirit, basically once experiencing the indwelling of the Spirit it is the denial of the existence of that Spirit.  However, destroying the temple of the Spirit, may count as a denial.

  • Thank each one who has responded to my questions,  Bless you as well for caring enough to try to help with my confusion.

  • My wife had a cousin who committed suicide in the last few years.  She was a devout Christian but was in severe pain every day. She went to a hotel room and OD'ed herself.  She left behind a husband and kids.  I did not know her.  There is a scripture somewhere that says if we destroy our bodies then God will destroy us. Then the line of thinking comes in, "well someone who smokes, does drugs, or alcoholic is committing suicide against their bodies. We live in a sin sick world. Making that statement I believe that if we are true born again Christians our spirits will go to heaven.  The unregenerate rebel and unrepentant soul will go to hell.

    • When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

      19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
      20 He keeps all his bones;  not one of them is broken. [Psalm 34:17-20]

    • I do not think that suicide is a way of escape... we will all stand before God someday, He will judge our lives.

  • I think your ending thought, "not able to ask forgiveness for it"doesn't hold water, as at the moment of death, none of us are able to have asked forgiveness for all our sins, as we are sinful people in a sinful world, and s Steve says below, at the moment of deliverance, all our sins are forgiven.

    I believe the Lord hates suicide, as it takes us out of His will for our lives, and if there are rewards in Heaven, the suicide would lose out. I also believe it's in Organized Religion's best interest to promote the belief that suicides don't go to heaven as a societal good, so they do.

  • I remember that such a topic came up in the past but I can not remember if a resolution came out of it.  I think we can not know every aspect of it.   If a person reaches the point where she/he decides on committing suicide they are probably not in their rational stable mind and therefore are no longer responsible.  They are deranged and delusional.  Suicide is not the "unpardonable sin" if that is what you are wondering.

    Here is a thought---The Bible tells us that at the moment of deliverance a believer's sins are forgiven (John 3:16..etc.). When we become a child of the Lord, our sins, even those committed after salvation, are no longer held against us. If I am correct on this than did the person die a believer or not?   These are things to consider.  I know that the scriptures seem to tell us that Samson (Judges) killed his self when he caused a temple to collapse yet he is listed as a man of good faith in the letter to the Hebrews (chap.11).., although his death could be deemed martyrdom I suppose.

    If someone were to ask me about it I think I would simply tell them that I do not know everything about it and they are in the Lord's hands.

    • There are many so-called "tensions" in the Scriptures - ideas that seem to contradict each other, and demands the highest of deep Scripture study for correct understanding.

      Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

      That verse seem to say that those who are truly born in the Spirit are those who also in the Spirit, and there is no condemnation for them. But suicide, is of course, easily seen as a "fleshly" act. However, does one fleshly act, even the act of suicide, an act that is done moments before death, enough to say that a Christian has walked in the flesh?

      Many are professing Christians. Most of them, maybe, are true genuine Christians. However,  look closely here in this verse:

      Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

      I heard John Piper preaching on this verse. Of course he pointed out that this verse, along with the entire letter to the Romans, have believers in mind as the target readers. Then this verse comes as a shock. Of course the Church in Rome at that time may surely include some professing Christians who are really unbelievers, only God knows, but the solemn warning of this verse is serious. It could be that Paul was warning the saints there using a statement that could be applied for all - both believers and unbelievers; or it could be that Paul was really saying that even a true believer could die if he/she chooses the way of the flesh. However, the latter would seem unscriptural because:

      John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
      John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.


      Phil 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
      Phil 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

      And God will finish what he started in us

      Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

      This is not a debate though whether salvation can be lost or not.

      • I tend to think suicide is incompatible with being a child of God.   Christians focus on God, not themselves, and overcome suffering rather than surrender to it.  On the other hand, there are people in real pain because of real disease, and have no hope of a cure.  

        • I agree with you James, could this be an offense against the Holy Spirit, as our bodies are His Temple?  As for those in pain and have a terminal condition, my stance is that it is God's prerogative as to when He takes us, not ours.  If someone is not saved it matters not, but for Christians, we have to trust in the Lord.

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