Will God forgive suicide?

I get asked this question quite often. This is not a question that is easy to answer without going deep into theology. The reason for that is simple. If the person who commits suicide does not know Jesus Christ as their Savior before they commit suicide, then they are lost. (Hebrews 9:27 NIV) Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment - There are no second chances. The state you are in when you die is the state you will remain in for eternity.

If the person who commits suicide has previously accepted Christ as their Savior then you come to a deep theological question. Can a person who is at one time saved ever come back under judgment?

Let me explain right up front that I don't believe a person can lose their salvation. In other words I don't believe anyone who has truly placed their faith in Jesus Christ will one day wake up and realize that they are no longer saved. That may sound like the standard Calvinistic belief but it is not. I am not saying that I don't believe a person who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior cannot turn from life and again choose death, I am saying it won't happen and then be a surprise to the person.

People who believe that a person once saved cannot ever come back under judgment usually believe this because they say that when you are saved your sins are forgiven past, present and future. Okay, I might even be convinced of that, although I wonder what the purpose of 1 John 1:9 is? (1 John 1:9 NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. This passage was written to Christians.

My premise for believing that a person once saved can still fall into judgment at the hands of God, is that God gave us free will. I don't believe that God takes away our free will when we are saved. I believe we have to choose each and every day whom we will serve; ourselves or God.

Let's look at another passage: (John 10:27-30 NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. {28} I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. {29} My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. {30} I and the Father are one." Notice that Jesus says no one can snatch us from His hand. But is that the same as saying I will never let them go? I don't think so. I don't think Jesus is saying that we cannot choose to leave our position, I believe He is saying that Satan nor anyone else can cause you to lose your salvation. We are secure as long as we want to be secure.

I will get into more verses in a few moments, but I want to just look at this logically for a moment. If a person truly comes to faith in Jesus Christ and then finds that they don't want to continue to serve Him. They don't want what God has offered them any longer. Maybe they even come to a crisis in their life and decide that they don't believe anymore that there is a God. In essence they reject God one way or another. When they die, will God force them into heaven because they believed at one instant in time but not after that? I don't believe so. Why would God force anyone to live with Him for eternity if they have decided that they don't want to?

I am not a theologian, I am just a former street cop and that is how I view the scriptures. I have prayed for wisdom and discernment and asked God to open my eyes to what His word really says. I must admit He has helped me, and to my surprise what He has shown me is that His word says exactly what it means and means exactly what it says.

How were the Old Testament saints saved? By sacrifices? No by faith in God to provide a Redeemer to take away their sins. The sacrifices were just a visual manifestation of that faith. How are we saved today? By faith that God did send that Redeemer to take away our sins. His name is Jesus Christ. So you see we are saved exactly the same way the Old Testament believers were. Since we know that to be true and we know that God never changes: (Hebrews 13:8 NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Then we should be able to see from both the Old Testament and the New Testament how God treats those who willfully turn from Him.

First let's look at the Old Testament. (Ezekiel 18:23-28 NIV) Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? {24} "But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die. {25} "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? {26} If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die. {27} But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. {28} Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. God does not pull any punches at all, He clearly says here that if a righteous man turns away from Him, He will not remember the righteousness any longer. He also states that He does not take pleasure in death, but wants everyone to come to Him.

Many people try to claim that because the Old Testament was written under the old covenant and because we are under the new covenant you can't take passages like the one in Ezekiel and use them. However, it is very interesting to hold that up to the light of Scripture. I am sure most everyone has heard of the Bereans. Look closely at this passage about them: (Acts 17:11 NIV) Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Now my question is this; what Scriptures were they judging what Paul said by? It had to be the Old Testament, since the New Testament was not written yet. So for instance if Paul preached that once a person was saved they could never turn away and come back under judgment wouldn't the Bereans have read Ezekiel and denied what Paul said?

Now let's go to the New Testament and see if God has changed: (Hebrews 10:26-27 NIV) If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, {27} but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. If a person deliberately keeps on sinning, would it not stand to reason that they have made a choice to turn away from God? This is not the same thing as being caught up in a sin and stumbling, it is making a choice.

1 John 1:10 makes it clear that we all stumble and sin and that God is faithful to forgive us, but verse 9 clearly shows that we must confess those sins. If we choose to continue sinning, then we are not truly confessing our sins, which implies remorse and turning from those sins.

I don't believe that God has the book of life open on His lap at all times with a bottle of white out waiting for us to stumble. He knows our flesh is weak, yet He loves us. Remember He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. On the other hand I don't believe you can make a fool of God either. I don't believe you can accept Christ as your Savior and then go back to living like the world day in and day out, rejecting everything which is holy and pleasing to God and God has no choice but to allow you to enter heaven upon your death.

When a person contemplates suicide they are standing at a cross roads. Down one road is living on in the pain and depression they feel, but it also includes realizing that God is sovereign and our days are ordained by Him alone. It also leads to help through God's promises. He does not want us to be depressed and in pain, but He does want us to come to Him and ask for His help and then believe that He will help us. Down the other road is death on their timing not God's. It is saying that the person doesn't care what God wants, they want what they want, when they want it. It is also saying that they don't think God cares enough to help them through this time of hurt and pain, or maybe it is that they don't think God is powerful enough to save them.

The point is that the cross road is a choice that they have to make. Do they reject God and His plan for their life in favor of their own, or do they get on their knees and accept God's plan for them and His help which He has promised over and over again to give them?

Don't let Satan fool you into thinking that just because you have accepted Christ as your Savior you can take your own life and God will welcome you with open arms into His presence. If God chooses to do just that, then it is His decision and He is just, but would He be any less just to deny you entrance? I don't think so and that question alone should be enough to stop you cold. The other thing that should stop you cold is your love for Christ. If you truly have the relationship you think you have then you should be putting His feelings and His will above your own.

As I have been careful to say in this article I believe if you choose to reject God then He will allow you to do so. I have stated more then once it is a choice, so now let me address another issue. If a person is not able to make a choice then I don't believe any of this applies to them. What I am saying is that if a person is chemically imbalanced or mentally impaired in some way so that they can't make a legitimate choice, then I don't believe God would hold any actions they commit including suicide against them. But if you are here reading this trying to find a loop hole so that you can kill yourself and still be sure you will go to heaven, then you are showing the ability to make that choice and I believe God will hold you accountable accordingly.

If you are reading this and you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then none of this applies to you either. If you die whether by your own hand or by some other cause it does not matter, you will be lost for eternity. At judgment you will be judged first for not accepting the free gift of salvation that God offered you. Then you will be judged on what deeds you did while you were alive, good or bad, everything you have done will be exposed and you will be punished according to those actions. Nothing you have done will be good enough to get you into heaven. Only the saving blood of Jesus Christ can hide your sin so that you will be acceptable to God.

If you would like more information about the subject of whether God will forgive suicide or if a Christian can ever fall back into judgment take a look at this article:
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Do you think you are the only one who is thinking of suicide?

You aren't. Below are some other people's stories and questions which might help you understand that you are not alone.

No Reason to Live

The Void
I'm a cutter and don't think God still loves me
I have suffered enough
I want to go home to heaven
What if life just sucks and you can't handle the pain anymore?
I tried pills and I am scared
What if a non-Christian commits suicide?
If God loves me so much, why must I go on in this world?
Throwing the "sin" thing into your diatribe leaves me more angry than assisted.
How do people accept God?
I'm even afraid I'd screw up a suicide attempt!
I've never hurt anyone, but want to kill myself.
I believe it is a sign or an omen to just do it.
I'm slowly losing this battle
I never thought I would be thinking of suicide.
I want to die, I'm bored with life.
I want to kill myself.
I just bought a gun...
What can God offer me?
I don't want to argue with you but...
The professionals put me on meds but it doesn't help.
I can't think of any alternates to suicide.
I want to believe that life IS worth living.
Please give me a reason to live.
I'm a hopeless case...
I want to give up.
Nobody gets it... I have lost everything...
Life in general sucks.
I'm a manic depressive and think of suicide almost daily.
I want to die, I'm bored with life.
I have been suicidal for 7 years.
If I am special in God's eyes then why....
I get lost in deep depression and can't get out.
What did I do to deserve this?
I don't believe in God and I don't believe in judgment day!
I think about suicide because I feel stupid.
It is not YOUR job to judge.
I hope you or some one can help me.
I have nothing to live for, I accept eternal punishment.
I'm tired of screwing up everything.
Nothing in my life makes me happy.
I would rather die then go to prison.
I have nobody to turn to.
I lost my best friend and my will to live.
I feel worthless.
I am simply tired of the struggle.
I can't find anything to make me happy.
Why won't God help me?
Don't quote to me from that book of fiction!
I feel like I should kill myself
I have gambled away my life and see no way out.
Can someone help me?
Suicide is not a problem, I will just reincarnate again!
It is becoming a daily battle to fight to stay alive.
I am completely bored with life.
I was saved last year but am now thinking of suicide.
I don't think you should be deciding what is right or wrong.
I'm ready to die, even though I haven't lived yet.
I'm 14, depressed and see no reason to live.
I don't believe in God...
I'm 11 and I don't want to live anymore.
I'm going to buy a gun and use it.

Christians who feel hopeless
I feel like God has abandoned me and I don't know why!
I know Jesus but I can't talk to him anymore
I've been wanting to commit suicide for a while now.
My child is the only thing keeping me from suicide
What if God says it is okay to commit suicide?
You saying that suicide is a sin does not help anyone.
I don't see any reason to live.
It is only my kids who are keeping me alive.
I can't stand the torment anymore.
I know God can help, but I feel like it is too much to handle.
A week ago I tried to kill myself again...
Every night I ask Jesus to take me home.
It seems you are telling people to throw away their medication...
I don't believe God will condemn me to hell for wanting out of this crazy world.
If I do kill myself will I go to heaven?
Everyday I want to commit suicide.
I am just tired of being scared and see no other way out.
When I get really down, I just want to kill myself.
I want to go to heaven, but I can't take much more of this suffering.
Why is God always the answer?
I'm already dead.
A web site said God won't judge the mentally ill and that is me.
I have never felt like I was saved.
I have no hope anymore.
In the long run my suicide will be best for my family.
I am a Christian who feels like I am fighting a losing battle.
The only thing stopping me is whether I will go to heaven or not.
I'm a Christian and I have planned out my suicide date.
Will God forgive me if I ask Him just before I pull the trigger?
Even as a Christian life has not gotten any better.
I'm so sad and I just want to get away from this world...
Where does the Bible say suicide is a sin?
I think I am on my way to hell no matter what.
I want to talk to God and ask why!
I'm a Christian who has been thinking of suicide for 9 months.
I don't know who I am.
I have lived a very deprived life.
I've been a Christian since I was born and I want to kill myself.
I just want to escape.
Why should I have to live this lonely forgotten life?
I need answers so I can decide whether to commit suicide or not.
I know God won't forgive me, but I'm tired of living like this.
I feel like God has betrayed me.
If no one helps me soon, I know I will kill myself.
Barely hanging on.
I have bulimia and am suicidial.
I'm tired of the messed up life God gave me!
I'm a Christian who gets drunk, does drugs and wants to die.
I am in a battle and there are days I feel I am loosing.
I just don't love myself anymore...
Why won't God just let me die?
I'm Christian but have no desire to live.
I'm Christian but hate life.
I suffer from mental disorders and sometimes question why God allows this.
My suicide is only a business decison.
If I kill myself I believe I will finally find peace and joy at my Savior's feet.
I am losing the battle with homosexuality.

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