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My uncle had a lot of mental problems most of his life, and they finally overwhelmed him and he killed himself. It's been very hard on his family, but one of the hardest things is that someone at the visitation told them that suicide is the unforgivable sin. Is it?


Whenever I answer a question about suicide, I’m always aware that someone who’s thinking about ending their life might be reading it, and would misunderstand my answer. Let me be clear: Suicide is never God’s will, and the Bible’s command telling us not to commit murder includes not murdering ourselves (see Exodus 20:13).

Nevertheless, God knew your uncle’s mental distress and confusion — and no, suicide is not the unforgivable sin that Jesus mentioned. Suicide is serious (as I have said) — and it’s especially so when the person has never faced his or her need for God, and turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. But God alone knows their heart, and He alone — not us — is their judge.

What is the unforgivable sin? Jesus defined it this way: “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31). We blaspheme against the Holy Spirit when we declare that His witness to Jesus Christ is false, and we reject it. It is the sin of denying the Holy Spirit’s witness to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

Ask God to make you more sensitive to those around you who may be going through hard times, and may even be wondering if life is worth living. Then ask Him to help you point them to Jesus Christ, who loves them and can give them hope — for today, and for all eternity.

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  1. Linda says:

    I met a beautiful man this past March 2016, but he was suffering from depression and emotions because he had just finalized a divorce this past December. Tim was married for almost 25 years. Very hard. Two teenage children. This September 8, 2016, he killed himself. I feel devastated to know such a wonderful man who was also a local police officer, and now he is gone. He was Lutheran and going to a new church in his town away from the regular one his family attended. Prayers please. My hope now is seeing Tim again when I go home to Jesus. Just need prayers. Thank you.

  2. Deborah Webb says:

    I just recently found out that my brother committed suicide. I was told at the time of his death 5 years ago it was a accidental shooting with his gun. I found out yesterday that was not the case and that he took his own life. I am numb and confused and I do feel guilt for not being there to help him or stop him. I always thought that suicide was the unforgivable sin but I now have hope after reading these answers. I know Jesus was his Lord and Savior and was in his heart so know I can rest knowing I will see him in heaven. Thank you for this site and posting sensitive subjects such as this.

  3. Suzy says:

    The only unpardonable sin is turning away from God, and you don't let Him forgive you.

  4. Ronisha says says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope this will encourage others who are going through the same situation to find help. Suicide is NEVER the answer to life's problems. Life is God's precious gift. May God bless you and your family at this difficult time.