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Q:

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?


A:

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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169 Comments

  1. Charles says:

    My heart is absolutely broken and my marriage seems like it is at an end. I spend most nights praying that I will be “caught up” to heaven to be with Jesus. That way I don’t have to die. I need serious prayer. I have a church family, but I don’t want anybody to know about this.

    1. Thomas says:

      Charles, I can relate. Keep praying and talk to God about how you feel.

  2. Chris Knitter says:

    For those of you struggling there is hope. Always. I have been in the deepest depression in the past. But I truly believe it was the prayers of others and by God’s grace I did not take my own life as a teen. These moments of difficulty define us the most. And I find myself 30 years later reaching out to you. There is hope in Christ. Seek and you will find him. I never thought anyone could love me because I did not love myself. At 48 I am happily married with 3 beautiful children. I thank God every chance I get, that I did not end my life all those years ago.

  3. Susan Larrick says:

    Just struggling

  4. R says:

    Thank you for helping me understand

  5. Kevin says:

    My sister in law committed suicide in 2009 on Easter Sunday. Till about two years ago my wife wanted NOTHING to do with Easter it just hurt to much. She now attends Sunday Service it still hurts both of us but we need to remember that Christ gave up his life for Us. And our Salvation.

  6. Gregory says:

    Suicide is a sin, and once you have chosen to take your life you can not receive forgiveness because you are not able to Repent. Repentance means to change, or to have a change of heart, You cannot change if you are dead.

  7. Erika says:

    Please God help me. I love you. Where I am now is not your doing. The thoughts, my life, everything is because of decisions I have made. Not you. I want peace please help me and forgive me of my sins. Please.