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“Is suicide the unforgivable sin?”—Bret
We must walk carefully and sensitively into this complex and very personal topic.
We dare not presume we can answer all the questions or even know exactly how to react to a situation which leaves such shock, unrelenting pain and deep sadness in its wake.
The suicide of any person, whether young or old, is so difficult: a precious life cut short, a gaping hole in the hearts of family and friends and irretrievable loss of potential.
Some claim that, because one who commits suicide is beyond the ability to “confess this sin”, one is inevitably doomed. Scripture does not bear out this conclusion. (The unforgivable sin, by the way, is related to an entirely different question; i.e., “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.” Mt. 12:31-32).
Curiously, the Bible says very little about suicide. In the few instances that we find recorded, the situations though tragic do not elicit specific condemnation (see Jdg. 9:50-54; 16:23-31; I Sam. 31:2-5; II Sam. 17:23; Mt. 27:3-5).
The simple yet profound news is this: the Bible teaches that Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection covers all sin—no exceptions (II Cor. 5:17, 21; Heb. 7:26-27; Col. 2:14.)
This fact does not excuse suicide or give permission to commit it. God does not approve of any harm done to one’s body.
He takes very seriously the care of and respect for the physical self (I Cor.
Nevertheless, absolutely nothing, not even death itself, can separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:32,
Every person who has placed faith in Christ has what Scripture calls “everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16-17). That eternal life is a “living hope” which is “imperishable”.
It is reserved in heaven for every believer, preserved and protected by the very power of God who raised Christ from the dead (I Pet. 1:3-5).