Suicide Is Never The Answer – What The Bible Says
The topic of suicide is serious and as Christians we should do our best to help those in need giving them the understanding that Jesus is the answer.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”
– Psalm 118:17
Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for teenagers, and as Christians who believe in an eternal destiny, we should especially feel the weight of this tragedy. Of all the people who have taken their own lives, how many could have had a bright, successful future ahead of them? More importantly, how many of them knew Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? While there’s not much we can do about those who have already passed, we should be doing everything we can to show the world that death is not the answer. The answer is Jesus, who gives life and life to the fullest.
Life is hard – there is no denying that. Friends betray us, loved ones die, and words can be hurtful. On top of everything else, the future can be downright terrifying. Perhaps the Apostle Paul knew the difficulty of life better than anyone; He was thrown in jail, abused, despised, and eventually martyred for the cause of Christ. But through it all, in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, even he was able to say: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
Paul knew that the eternal joy we have in Christ is worth all the suffering we will ever experience here on this earth. There is no pain so great that God can’t use it for our good and for His glory. No matter how broken, fallen, or messed up we are, we can always find rest and salvation in the arms of Christ, who died for our souls. This is the beautiful message of redemption that needs to be heard by everyone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. If you are one of them, pray that God would pour out His love on you and cleanse your mind of all the dark thoughts that you’ve been struggling with. If you know someone who has had suicidal thoughts, don’t be afraid to share the gospel with them, and be a friend to them even at their worst.
So what happens to people who commit suicide? For nonbelievers, the answer is clear. According to scripture, those who don’t put their faith in Christ are destined for eternal punishment and separation from God. That’s why it’s crucial that we, as Christians, share with others the Good News about how they can be saved. For believers, there is some debate among different theologians. While there is no way to know for sure, this we do know: that for those who love God, neither life nor death can separate them from Him. In many cases, suicidal thoughts are part of a mental illness that clouds judgment and decision-making. We also know that God looks, first and foremost, on the heart. And once we commit our lives to Him, our hearts belong to Him forever.