Thursday, October 22, 2009

On a Christian Committing Suicide

The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech, Saul, Saul's armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, and Judas. Five of them were wicked, sinful men. Some consider Samson an instance of suicide, but Samson's goal was to kill the Philistines, not himself. The Bible views suicide as equal to murder, which is what it is—self-murder. God is the only one who is to decide when and how a person should die.

According to the Bible, suicide is not what determines whether a person gains entrance into heaven. If an unsaved person commits suicide, he has done nothing but “expedite” his journey to hell. However, that person who committed suicide will ultimately be in hell for rejecting salvation through Christ, not because he committed suicide.

What does the Bible say about a Christian who commits suicide? The Bible teaches that from the moment we truly believe in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life. According to the Bible, Christians can know beyond any doubt that they possess eternal life. Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love. If no “created thing” can separate a Christian from God’s love, and even a Christian who commits suicide is a “created thing,” then not even suicide can separate a Christian from God’s love. Jesus died for all of our sins, and if a true Christian, in a time of spiritual attack and weakness, commits suicide, that would still be a sin covered by the blood of Christ.

Suicide is still a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. Serious doubts should be raised about the genuineness of faith of anyone who claimed to be a Christian yet committed suicide. There is no circumstance that can justify someone, especially a Christian, taking his/her own life.

Christians are called to live their lives for God, and the decision on when to die is God’s and God’s alone. Although it is not describing suicide, 1 Corinthians 3:15 is probably a good description of what happens to a Christian who commits suicide: “He himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”


I wonder what happens when I overdose myself with all those orange-y foul-smelling oxidized pills... Hmmm....

12 Jujus:

Gratitude said...

Whoa, wot a thought provoking post especially since exams are still on. Discussion on religious topics almost alwiz end up in fiery arguments, more so esp for those with blind faith. Still, it's good to check on our various faiths thou.

Overdose on Vit C pills? harhar
Bright orange ....wot a colourful way to go, wonder whether are there rainbow coloured ones? :P

manglish said...

hmmmmm.....u wana kill urself ar? y? heehhe

[SK] said...

guess you must have been eating and sleeping with the bible.. because exams are on!! hahahaha~~ :D

akatsukiotoko said...

hoi! What are you thinking? If you leave who is gonna continue this blog?

Evann said...

What if the lives of a thousand innocent souls depended on me; that I had to sacrifice myself to save them? So according to the bible, I shouldn't care about them cuz I would be condemned to hell if I practiced "self-murder"?? Well, I'll be damned either way then.

The bible's the world's greatest novel. One that's full of flaws...

savante said...

An overdose? You'll be tortured mercilessly in the emergency dept!

Medie007 said...

Gratitude, that's the thing lor. i wasn't actually going to write about religion, i was emphasizing on the "commiting suicide" in the religions point of view. there are some opinions in Islam, as well as Buddhism as well.

those are erm... supplement pills.

Manglish... just a thought.

SK, i'm a Buddhist lar. i don't have a bible.

Medie007 said...

akat, that's nice of u to say. :)

Evann, wow.... that's quite some harsh word you just said.

savante, i refuse resuscitation! wakakaka.

Leon Koh said...

are you ok? dont ever try!

the happy go lucky one said...

im not 100% sure but i think those pills are mixture of vitamin c and b complex :P, so before u get overdose, u will b in restless state, which is kinda torturing?
i believe under normal circumstances, most religions are against suicide.

Ai Shiang said...

Thanks for visiting recently.

Wow! I can imagine the brain wave flicking here and there when you talk about suicide and God and heaven etc.

Medie007 said...

Leon, am GREAT today! :D

HappyGoLucky, haha, you know what it is! :P Shhhh la... ish. it's oxidized dy bah, so smelly dy, cannot eat one liao.

Ai Shiang, actually hor... the whole essay is copy and paste one. :P