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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. Wayne says:

    Life has just been one lonely struggle after another. I literally have nobody in my life that I can say I’m close to, been that way for along time and now I’m fighting an onset of schizophrenia. Suicide has been on my mind for years but couldn’t ever do it because I feared Jesus would never forgive me if I did but with this new battle it’s always on my mind. It just seems like the only way out of constant pain and suffering anymore

  2. Tom says:

    I am so depressed. My father was a minister a long time ago. I lost a good paying job. I may lose my home. My wife treats me emotionally bad and it hurts so deeply. I know that Jesus loves me but I hurt so bad inside and have no one.

    1. BGEA says:

      Thanks for reaching out, Tom. Please consider visiting where you can talk and pray with a member of our team.