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By   •   September 1, 2004   •   Topics:

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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212 Comments

  1. Pat says:

    I’m looking for what the Bible says. I’m not contemplating it, I’m just wondering if there is anything specific in the Bible.

  2. Deanna Stubbs says:

    On April 27, 2014, I went to see my brother Richard and upon my arrival I found he had took his life. Nine months later, our mother died. She was 79 and I feel she couldn’t handle the fact her middle child took his life. I look to God and friends for peace.

  3. David W says:

    Going through tough times splitting with my wife. God truly does shine lights on you. I thought of my girls and parents, and how truly things will shape up in the end of this journey.

  4. 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

  5. Joyce Wilson says:

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

  6. JW says:

    I have a friend who suffers from daily migraines. They have been following treatment but it has taken its toll. They can hardly ever leave the house, getting all kinds of other chronic conditions that affect everything and everyone. I am certain this has entered their mind. They are a person of faith and accept God’s daily will.

  7. 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.