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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. Joanie says:


    1. BGEA says:

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  2. cary says:

    I destroyed a 20 year marriage by abusing drugs to escape the stress and pain in my life. I have nothing left and I pray to God to take my life because I’m too much of a coward to take my own life. I am alone with nowhere to turn.

    1. BGEA says:

      Cary, we’re so sorry to hear about your marriage. It sounds like things have been extremely hard lately, but we want you to know that there’s always hope. Always. Would you like to talk to someone? You can reach someone from our team through online chat by clicking the bubble on this page:

      We have also passed on your comment to our team so we can respond with further encouragement and hope. Hang in there, Cary. You aren’t beyond God’s reach.

  3. Pamela hylton says:

    Sometime reading like this in middle night helps the rough times when you fell alone and realize you can to God for all the answers. Thank you