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What Does the Bible teach about Killing Yourself?

Updated on April 6, 2015

Comforting Ourselves with Lies

I suppose most people find the intentional death of a celebrity so shocking that they must comfort themselves with the idea that such a person, no matter what kind of life they lived, is now in a better place.

I suppose that since celebrities have everything that us non-celebrities dream of we can only stand by dumb-founded as to why such a person as that would ever think to take their own life.

I suppose that the truth, even though it is the truth, feels like salt on freshly cut wounds and that is why most people who know the truth keep their mouths shut at times like these.

After-all what harm is there in comforting yourself and/or others in the lie that such and such a person is now resting in peace or better off or enjoying the attributes of the God they ignored their entire lives?

Great harm actually, irreparable harm.

That LIE, the lie that you tell yourself when something like this happens, that everything will be OK, that everyone goes to heaven, is the lie that will keep you from enjoying heaven, resting in peace and experiencing the love of God after you die. It is false comfort that will result in your destruction.

That LIE, is the most insidious, the most dangerous, the most pervasive LIE out there. God has said that the wages of sin is death. Death is twofold. It is the separation of the soul from God and the separation of the soul from the body. When we are spiritually dead we are separated from God, when we die physically we are separated from the body. We must become born again because we are spiritually dead. If we become born again although we may experience physical death we will not experience spiritual death (which is far worse).

What Happens After Death?

The Bible says that after death is judgment. If you have not accepted the only provision for your sins which is Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross, if you have rejected Him then you are not going to heaven, you will not rest in peace, you will not be better off by killing yourself. Furthermore the Bible says that MOST people will not accept God's provision.

There is no peace for the wicked. Who are the wicked? We all are. The only righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. There is no peace after death for those who are not followers of Jesus Christ. As much as I would like to comfort people in the wake of the loss of a loved one, especially when that happens by suicide, there is no comfort if that person died in their sins. The only comfort can be that perhaps in the last second before they died they repented and trusted in Him. However, when that death occurs by suicide what are the chances of that? Nevertheless, none of us knows what a person experiences in those last moments. So the hope is that they did find Him in the last seconds before they died. Otherwise, there is no hope, no peace, no heaven. And to say that there is to spit on the cross of Christ. Because if just one person can enter heaven without the covering of the shed blood of Christ then Christ died in vain.

But, that will not happen.

Jesus said in John 10: 1: Truly, truly I say unto you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in another way is a thief and a bandit.

And in Matthew 7:13 He says: Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and few there be that find it.

These are not comforting words. These are Jesus' words of warning. Will you use comforting words when Jesus has used words of warning? What will the result be if you believe the lie that everything will be OK after you die in your sins?

Jesus spoke a parable about a man who had entered into the wedding of the King's Son without the proper wedding garment. He said in Matthew 22: 11-14: But when the King came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the King said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and food and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called but few are chosen.”

Jesus is our covering, he provides us with the spotless covering of His righteousness, without which no one will see God. This covering, although free to you and I, was very costly, it was purchased with the blood of Jesus who died a torturous death for us on the cross.

Suicides in the Bible

There are only two instances of pure suicide in the Bible. (Samson didn't want to commit suicide as much as he wanted revenge). One is of King Saul, who was demon possessed and who had become an enemy of God, the other is of Judas. These two examples do not speak well of suicide.

Why Do People Commit Suicide and are YOU encouraging them?

Furthermore, when people out there say words like “he's better off” or “she's at peace now”, it encourages others out there who are contemplating suicide. People commit suicide to escape their pain, not to die, but to escape. They think they are going to a better place or at the very least entering into a non-existent state where they will no longer feel pain. That is not true. And when you say it is true you encourage those who are on the fence and thinking about jumping off that cliff.

It is not my intent to add to the suffering of any relatives of a person who has taken their own life. I hope and pray that person is in heaven. My intent is to hopefully thwart the option of suicide for those who are tempted in that area.

I hope that these words of warning will encourage you to seek Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life so that when you die of natural causes (God willing) we all can truly say “so and so is at peace and in a much better place”. And it will be true!


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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm sorry to hear about your son "Ky Cardinal". I'm glad you enjoyed the article, death is a mystery to us all. I was just thinking about Joan Rivers' death last night and what it will be like to die. We will all taste it eventually, at least until Jesus does away with it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      4 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      This was very interesting. I do agree with an earlier comment that everyone has an interesting and challenging life. I do not understand why people think that what an entertainer says or does is more important than what our friends and family may say. Maybe it's because we don't think about all the people they have working for them to make their lives appear perfect. My son died a few years ago. He didn't commit suicide but he did have psychological issues. I do believe if he had been able to take the help he was offered by Doctors earlier, he would have lived longer. I miss him terribly, and I do believe he is with God, but I think he could have lived longer, if circumstances had been different. I hope some day we will find treatments for psychological problems that will restore our loved ones to a complete life.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Jackie, I agree totally. We absolutely cannot give false hope, it's the worst thing we could do. The death of Robin Williams is so sad and I do hope somehow he repented and somehow is in heaven but the odds sure don't look good at all.

      Thanks for stopping the way this is the only comment that came through.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I already commented once so either it is just not showing up yet or whatever but you can delete one if two show up. You are certainly right and there is nothing in the bible that we Christians are misinterpreting. People in hell have believed soothsayers giving them what they want to hear and although of course we cannot say Robin will go to hell we have no reason to think he will go to heaven. I was just discussing him with a friend in my last hub saying I wish he had gotten help and a chance then to find out this little skit in his life meant nothing compared to eternity and it really is so easy we have to wonder why more don't want it and they really do but they don't want to know the truth of it but simple believe a lie or make up their own. We can't lie to people and say they are better off because it is horrible and maybe knowing the truth can save them or someone they know but the truth is always the best and if it makes people mad then so be it. Everyone who passes heaven up has had word or a chance at it. Everyone. The will not come back as anyone and get another chance either.

      I was also saying if you compare Robins way out to these people being beheaded and buried alive for the love of Jesus then it shows the difference in choosing death.

      Great stand. ^+

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm with you all the way "aguasilver", thanks for stopping by.

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      John Harper 

      4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      We play nice on suicide because we are afraid of hurting the survivors, who probably already feel guilty or convicted of their failings.

      We also hope beyond measure that the deceased suicide was saved and is safe in eternity, although frankly if we can feel any doubt, there is probably sound reasons for concern.

      Suicide is the ultimate act of rebellion against God, for God decreed before we were conceived the exact time of our return home, and I doubt He programmed suicide in as a method of departure.

      However, God has control of time, and if one day can equal a thousand years, it's also possible that at the point of death God could suspend time, give you that one last chance to accept Christ and change your eternal destiny.

      Personally I would hate to bank on that being true, but maybe it will offer some solace to a survivor, or persuade a potential suicide victim (and yes they are victims) to check out the alternatives before they check out of life.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      Idolatry is most definitely making up your own God and then worshiping it. And that is forbidden. God tells us who He is in his Word. If your experiences are counter to the Word of God then you are being deceived. The Bible says that Satan comes as an Angel of Light to deceive but Jesus said Your Word is Truth, so everything must be measured by the Word of God. That is not to say that we don't experience the One True God, we do, but we must not measure things by our experiences we measure whether they are true by the Word.

      Thanks for commenting bBerean, you are so right!

    • bBerean profile image


      4 years ago

      Thank you for writing a difficult hub, even knowing the masses will disapprove and perhaps revolt.

    • Lori P. profile image

      Lori Phillips 

      4 years ago from Southern California USA

      Idolatry is a sin to be sure, but making up your own beliefs about God is not idolatry. Developing your own understanding about God by experiencing God and then loving Him should be the aim of religion. Not just accepting what someone else said about Him. That is like developing your beliefs based upon gossip. Wouldn't you want your child to love you by experiencing your love rather than obeying you because someone else to him that if he didn't, he would not be able to enter heaven?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      The Bible doesn't teach that. The Bible teaches that we are all sinners, that we have to be perfect to enter heaven, that Jesus died for us to give us that perfection and to take our punishment for our sins upon him. If you die without His covering you will die in your sins and pay for your own sins for eternity. To make up your own beliefs about God is called Idolatry, which is a sin, the second sin of the 10 Commandments.

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      Lori Phillips 

      4 years ago from Southern California USA

      I often hesitate to comment on articles that expound teachings based on any one particular religious belief. Everyone holds firms to his beliefs and there is no open-minded discussion when minds are made up. As I, too, respect biblical teachings, I can share this: People often misunderstand and misinterpret the words of the Bible and other religious texts because they process them from their own individual perspective. Or, they hear it said from a religious leader without realizing that those words are being filtered through yet another individual perspective.

      This is precisely why there are so many sects of the same religion. For example, every Christian religion claims to be based upon the Bible. But I digress.

      When it comes to suicide, the taking of one's own life, there is much misunderstanding. I know that most Christians believe that suicide is a sin that results in eternal damnation. Well, yes and no. But mostly no.

      There is no loving God in Heaven who could be so cruel. Our God is a God of love and compassion. Forgiveness. Unconditional love.

      What "damns" or really more like "dams" (as in stopping the flow of spiritual learning and growth) is when one chooses to stay in the low levels of negative energy and thought patterns that brought him to end his life. A soul always has choices both here and in the afterlife. And our loving Father in Heaven is always waiting with His open arms.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I agree, thanks for stopping by Robert.

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      4 years ago

      God has a path, a mission, for each of us. I'm just finding that out. We need to look outside ourselves once in a while. Thank you for the Hub.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I can only surmise that since people get pleasure from celebrities and since they see them (on TV) in their home...they feel close to them. I have wrestled with suicide myself so I know what it's like. And, even now, I am totally looking forward to heaven but in God's timing. But, to say that everyone is at peace and in heaven when they die is just not true and I'm afraid it encourages people on the brink to go ahead and do it. That is why I wrote the article.

      I find Robin Williams death a very sad and tragic event indeed.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess I'll never understand the fixation the American public has with celebrities...why are their deaths so much more important than the deaths of thousands of regular citizens? And suicide? It is preventable if you desire help....and although it will offend some people, I find suicide to be a very selfish act. :)


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