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By   •   March 19, 2009   •   Topics: ,

Q:

My sister struggled with severe depression most of her life and had to be hospitalized several times. Last year, she finally got so depressed that she took her own life. In spite of everything, she had a strong faith, but is suicide the unforgivable sin, as some people say? It's all been very painful to me.


A:

The only sin God cannot forgive is the sin of rejecting the Holy Spirit’s witness to Jesus Christ and His offer of forgiveness. Only when we reject God will He reject us. This alone is the unforgivable “blasphemy against the Spirit” of which Jesus spoke (Matthew 12:31).

God understands your heartache – and I want to assure you that He also knew all about your sister’s struggles. Medical science has made many advances in helping us understand emotional problems, but there’s still much we don’t understand. Take confidence in your sister’s faith in Christ, and rejoice that she is now beyond the pains and sorrows of this world.

I don’t want to be misunderstood, however. Suicide is extremely serious and tragic in God’s eyes, and if someone who is reading this is contemplating suicide, I beg of you to reconsider and seek help for whatever your problem may be. God loves you – whether you believe it or not – and He does not want you to end your life. Satan does, however – and you must not listen to him.

Instead, put your faith and hope in Christ and His love for you. You are never alone if you know Him, because nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

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2 Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    Hi. Lately I’ve been struggling with very violent intrusive thoughts. Basically, I have been trying to get closer to Christ. But in trying to get closer to God, I gave in to blasphemous thoughts about God, and in trying hard not to think about those blasphemous thoughts, it became even worse to thoughts of violence not only against Jesus Christ but also against other people (violence also includes murder as well). It’s that fear of guilt if I think about this violent thought about Jesus that makes me give in to lesser hope. . Now, I feel like I am so overwhelmed in guilt like a total enemy of Christ by this vicious cycle of trying to look to Jesus Christ only to be brought again by my violent thoughts. I’m even having thoughts of suicide.

    1. Joann says:

      Matthew, I suffer from depression and have thought about suicide, even recently, which is why I sit here alone in my room on Billy Grahams website. I can tell you I have been prone to violence and anger, sometimes toward God. Am a recovering addict, have been hospitalized multiple times and feel such loneliness. I don’t even have any medication right now. The closer I get to God, the more I am attacked by satan. I can tell you nothing has helped me more than getting on the floor sometimes on my knees head bowed, sometimes so desperate on my knees head on floor palms up to God. Also reading my Bible, going to Church, and listening to Billy Graham Sermons online. I grew up listening to him and find comfort in his voice, please try it, PRAY