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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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157 Comments

  1. Rodney says:

    Thanks

  2. Stephanie says:

    My 23 year old son died from an accidental drug overdose in December. I just cannot live without him.

  3. Cindy Miller says:

    I can’t go on. My pain has become unbearable. I don’t want to be here anymore. Why are people so mean? I looked up what the Bible says about suicide and on leave be it says Jesus will accept me lovingly. Well Jesus, I’m coming home.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Cindy,

      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: http://peacewithgod.net/). 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.

      You might also be interested in this short video about God’s love for you: http://bit.ly/GodLovesYouVideo

      Or in this short note about unanswered prayer: http://bit.ly/UnansweredPrayer

      The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255

  4. Suhanti says:

    After everything I believe my life is not worth living. I want to commit suicide. I smoke. Also I’ve lost my ability to stay happy and focused. I am not motivated at all. I gave up things that made me happy. I was not willing to work hard and I always ended up getting jobs that were too hard. I never got to do what I wanted. I am a failure. I never listen and always get myself into trouble. There’s no hope for me. I’m sad and disheartened that I don’t have things others have. I’m very sad. There’s no party left in me. There’s no sense of achievement or accomplishment. I’m a loser. I’m a mental case. I’ve lost a life I cannot hope to get in return. Nobody likes me anymore. I can’t work anymore. I’ve been out of work for a long time.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Suhanti,

      We are very concerned that you have considered suicide, and we urge you not to take this drastic, final step. God loves 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 we might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that we are set free from depression, fear, frustration and hurt so that we might experience this abundant life.

      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.”

      Give all your problems to Jesus and “cast all your anxiety on Him” (1 Peter 5:7). Then center your attention upon His love for you and His wonderful plan for your life. Rest in the assurance that Jesus will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

      God wants to help you if you will let Him, and so do others. God knows about your problems, and He also knows the answer to them. By yourself you may 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 the link below). Then share your problems with a pastor or with someone else who can help you and encourage you. We just said a prayer for you and will continue praying. You can also use the link below to connect with someone from our team.

      http://peacewithgod.net/

      For some practical advice about how to live each day with God, click here: http://bit.ly/LivingDailyWithGod

      You might also be interested in this short video about God’s love for you: http://bit.ly/GodLovesYouVideo

      The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255

      Remember that no matter what your relationship is like with others, God’s love for you is unconditional. He loves you with a divine love, a love we can’t even understand. He created you and knows everything about you. He loves you no matter what.

      God bless you, Suhanti. The God of this universe loves YOU!

  5. Missy says:

    I’ve been struggling with depression & chronic pain for decades. I’m on Prozac & Vicadin along with diabetic medication. I’ve isolated myself from my church to only attending about once a month, if that. My husband is a loud mouth & illiterate. He has dyslexia so he can’t read or spell well at all. So anger is his friend. Please pray for us that I’ll get better and my husband Jim would learn to read. It puts a lot of pressure on me. Thank you. Missy

  6. Tamara says:

    Linda, we live in a fallen world where God has given us free will to choose our path. God could have stopped her but it would not have HER choice to live. I only know that God promises to NEVER leave us and He ALWAYS keeps his promises.

  7. Linda says:

    My best friend who lived in another state committed suicide on 2-21-17. I’m numb, & my heart is crushed for the loss of Rose, & for her sister’s loss, whom is also my best friend. I find myself so angry @ The Lord for not intervening & stopping her! WHY DIDN’T HE STOP HER? I love God, but I’m so angry!💔😢