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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. Amy davis says:

    I have suffered for 25 or more years, the older I get the worse I feel. It’s almost like I’m sinking and can’t save myself. I have planned my funeral several times and I pray constantly

  2. Michael Christopher Rosa says:

    I need help

    1. Diana says:

      Michael, I just prayed for you, please be encouraged! It’s not over yet.
      The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255
      You can also use the link below to connect with someone from the Billy Graham team.
      Or you can call 1-877-247-2426 to speak with someone over the phone.
      God cares deeply about you and wants what is best for you. He has a future for you – both on this earth and in eternity. Remember that you are important to Him. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth to offer Himself in sacrifice is so that you might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that you are set free from depression, fear and hurt.

    2. Kathy says:

      This post is for Michael. Help is there! Believe this? You are surrounded by the love of Jesus and his loving hands are offering you hope! God is there for us in our darkest hour. I have suffered depression and by the Grace of God I was snatched out of Satan’s grip on me! Trust, believe and know it is the you are loved and people do care! You have reached out in saying you need help! Help is there for you! I will pray for you Michael! I care about you! The Lord loves you! Jesus doesn’t lie! He loves all his children and is there for you!

  3. Paul says:

    I don’t want to live anymore and I don’t see any reason to. I was born again in the 70’s. I’m 61 now and about to be homeless a 2nd time. Can’t do it

    1. BGEA says:

      We’re so glad you left us a message, Paul. We’re so sorry to hear about your situation and want you to know that we’re praying for you right this moment. Life may seem hopeless right now, but we assure you, God has not left. He still cares about you and everything happening in your life. That may seem hard to believe when facing homelessness, but as Christians, we know that God provides. Maybe not in ways we expect or want Him to, but He gives us what we need for the time being.

      You might also be familiar with the verse Psalm 119:105. It says, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” It doesn’t say that God’s Word is a headlight, but a lamp. It allows you to see in front of you a little at a time. God may give you a broader look into His plans for you, but often, all we see is what’s right in front of us. It helps us trust Him for the next step. Then, when we look back at our past, we can see ways that He has helped us through hard times and how He used certain situations to mold us, bless us and increase our faith.

      It’s also important to remember that God never promises that we won’t suffer. It’s not that He’s bringing this suffering on you, but He does allow us to experience obstacles. Sin affects everyone, and because of that, we all experience pain and hardship. The difference is that God promises to be with those who trust in Him. Psalm 34:19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

      That doesn’t mean life will be easy, but that we will have help overcoming difficult times. That gives us hope because even when we don’t understand why things are happening, we know that in God’s infinite wisdom, He can bring good out of bad situations. He can strengthen our faith or work things out behind the scenes that we don’t see or understand. Suffering also allows us to help others in similar situations and pass on the hope that we have in Christ.

      And even Christ experienced suffering. He took on agonizing pain and experienced death (before rising again!) to take our sins upon Himself. Think of it—the weight of the world’s sin on Him. He was rejected by His own people, and Isaiah 53:3 calls Him “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He understands our pain and can give us the strength we need to get through it. He was also without a permanent home. Matthew 8:20 says, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

      Most of all, know that God hasn’t left you. Deuteronomy 31:6 that the Lord “will never leave you nor forsake you.” He understands your struggles. And He has a plan. He often places others in our lives at just the right time to help us.

      We encourage you today to focus on who God is. He is all-powerful, holy, our Creator, Sustainer and the One who saves us from our own sin. Ask Him to help you find a safe, warm place to stay. Ask Him to surround you with people who can encourage you and get you back on your feet. Ask Him to take away any bitterness or unjust anger you might be feeling. Ask Him to help you keep a positive outlook. It’s also helpful to read the Bible regularly. The Bible is filled with His words for us and is always relevant. You might start with the Psalms to lift your spirits.

      We have forwarded your comment to our team so we can respond further.

    2. Tiffany Niedecken says:

      My husband and I just went through the same thing. We lived a long miserable few months of drug addiction and living in complete darkness. My husband tried killing himself he tried putting a stainless steal knife through his chest and the knife broke… God isn’t finished with him. Just like God isn’t finished with you.. God loves you so very much. We will never be completely satisfied until we live our life fully for him in every area. I’m sorry that life has to be so hard for some… God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. Hang in there and PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens! Jesus loves you

  4. jesus Rodriguez says:

    Am trying real hard but I don’t know what to do

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jesus,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We just prayed for you.

      God cares deeply about you and wants what is best for you. He has a future for you – both on this earth and in eternity. Remember that you are important to Him. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth to offer Himself in sacrifice is so that you might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that you are set free from depression, fear and hurt so that you might experience this abundant life.

      If you have considered suicide, realize that thoughts of taking your life do not come from God but from Satan. Jesus said, “The thief’s (Satan’s) purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be careful – watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord. . . . He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.”

      Pray and ask God to help you with the problems you are facing. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “[cast] all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Ask Him for wisdom, guidance and strength to endure. Ask Him to help you overcome whatever obstacles are standing in your way. Rest in the assurance that Jesus will “never leave you nor forsake you” when you trust in Him (Hebrews 13:5).

      God wants to help you if you will let Him. God knows about your problems, and He also knows the answer to them. By yourself you might feel helpless, but with Christ’s help there is hope for tomorrow. He can bring good out of even the toughest situations.

      We urge you to begin by giving your life over to Jesus Christ (click here: By surrendering your life to Christ, you are also promised eternity with Him in heaven, where there is no pain, sadness or suffering.

      We also suggest daily Bible reading. Start by reading the Psalms. You might also find help and encouragement in a local church. Sharing your problems with a pastor or other mature Christian can help and encourage you.

      God bless you!
      – BGEA Team