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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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208 Comments

  1. Morris Westley Robinson says:

    I once contemplated suicide. My soul is still heavy. Knowing that God loves me helps at times. However, I am glad to receive this answer regarding unpardonable Sun.
    Thank you,
    Morris

  2. Joyce Wilson says:

    Thank you for this article. It cleared up a lot of confusion about if suicide is in an unpardonable sin.

  3. Kaira says:

    An idle mind is the workshop of the devil. We need to be sharing problems and open up our hearts to Christ our Lord and Saviour to heal our broken hearts. He is the only answer to our problems.

  4. unknown says:

    I weigh about 150 pounds and I’m 12. I know I should exercise, but I do, I pray to God to help me push through this, but I feel like he is not listening. My mom keeps on comparing me to my skinny friends and I’m starting to believe the words she throws at me. My dad is nice to me, he just helps me. My brother is nice too. I was thinking about suicide but I remembered my lesson on sin and I wondered about it myself. You may not know this but you just saved my life. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      We can’t tell you how glad we are that you found this article and that you left this comment. We’re so thankful that it was helpful, and we want you to know that you are absolutely beautiful in God’s eyes. You are His masterpiece, His one-of-a-kind, handmade creation. We aren’t mass produced, but each one of us is carefully made by the God of the universe, and He knows your name. Your life is not worthless, but a gift from Him.

      Psalm 139 is a great passage to read about God’s love for you and how He knows every part of you. The first part of that passage says, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, … and lay your hand upon me.”

      Someone from our team will be happy to get in touch with you via email.

    2. Gene says:

      I’m 35 years old and I still deal with it. Except it’s not about weight. Several years ago, I went through the worst break-up of my life. I considered her my best friend. It would be easy for me to tell you not to listen to your mother, so I won’t. You can respect her but let whatever you feel be motivation to do something for yourself, even if it’s something small. There’s never a decisive victory when it comes to depression. It’s more like a roller coaster. It keeps coming back up, down, all around. Be proud of yourself & the accomplishments made, no matter how small & when you turn into an adult, take what you’ve learned and go after what you want! You’re still young. Don’t try to change someone or for someone! Take things one step at a time.