What Does the Bible teach about Killing Yourself?
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 ..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!