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My cousin had very serious emotional problems most of her life, and finally they overwhelmed her and she committed suicide. I firmly believe she was a Christian, but did she lose her salvation by doing this? Is suicide the unpardonable sin?


Whenever I answer a question like this, I’m deeply aware that someone may be reading this who is seriously contemplating suicide—and I would do everything in my power to convince them not to take that final, drastic step. With Christ there is always hope.

God loves them; He loves them so much that Jesus Christ was willing to die on the cross for their salvation. And others care about them, as well (even if they have a hard time believing it). Suicide is never God’s will, and even in the midst of life’s worst storms we can look to Christ and discover that He truly is “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). The first step back from the brink of suicide is to turn to Christ and open our hearts to Him.

Suicide is always a tragedy—but in itself it is not the unpardonable sin. The only sin God cannot pardon is the sin of rejecting Him. God knew your cousin’s heart, and He also knows that mental illness sometimes clouds a person’s judgment so much that they aren’t fully responsible for their actions.

At the same time, ask God to help you be sensitive to the needs of others—especially someone who may be facing discouragement or depression. Often simply knowing that someone cares will help them turn the corner.

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  1. andrew says:

    As I’m reading this, I cry. I have tried to take my life many times since I was a young boy and I’m 32-years-old now. I have survived all my attempts. Life has not really been good to me and I have accepted that reality. I am convinced that it will never get better because I’ve struggled my entire life and seem to get nowhere no matter what. Friendships, jobs, family, school, relationships – everything I’ve lost and failed at seems to get ruined every time I try my best. That’s why I have lost my will to live in this world. Reading the Q and A gave me me some comfort and peace that God loves me and it’s not him who’s doing these things to my life. Thank you.

  2. Jamie says:

    Thank you for your ministry. I am struggling with this right now. Please pray for me.

  3. Brenda Parker says:

    Thank you for your ministry and many prayers over the years.

  4. Tina Sparks says:

    I’ve been thinking about this. My world seems like its falling apart. I know Jesus loves me to no end & back. But I just can’t handle the everyday life that is being thrown at me. No I do not have insurance to get help & haven’t for 2yrs. So I’m off my meds & have been. So plz pray for me & my soul. I don’t really have nothing else to live for. My husband is not such a nice man to me. But to everyone else he is. There is a a lot that needs to be done with me. Again I ask you to pray for me. Thank you. God bless you.

    1. Jamie says:

      I understand. I am feeling the same way. My situation with my husband is exactly like that. I have also been feeling overwhelmed, like there’s no way out but… I will pray for you.

  5. Diane Chabiel says:

    Thank you for your words Pastor Doctor Graham