What if a non-Christian commits suicide?

What about non Christian people, of which I am one. I do feel as a failure- great talent unrealized -wife definitely out of love, three lovely young children- Alcohol played a big part in my life. Suicidal thoughts keep churning in an obsessive fashion.

My response is in Green:

Thank you for writing me. I am sure my response will seem intolerant, but I can only give you what I believe is the truth. If a non-Christian commits suicide I believe they will forever be separated from God in hell. I believe if a non-Christian dies of anything they will be eternally separated from God.

God loves you and He loves everyone else, that is why He sent His Son to die for all of our sins. (John 3:16-18 NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. {17} For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. {18} Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Maybe it would seem nicer for me to tell you that it does not matter, but it does. I want to see everyone accept the free gift of salvation because I know that is what God wants. If you truly care about you which I do, then I can't lie to you and watch you go to hell without knowing that there is a way out.

We are all born with sin. It comes natural. We are all born with a deep down knowledge that there is a God to Whom we will someday answer. We are pretty good at burying that deep inside of us but it is still there.

You said you feel like a failure. I have been there too. Actually I got there in a different way maybe. All my life I wanted to be a Police Officer. That was my goal. I made it, I did everything I wanted to do. I even raised in the ranks and became a Shift Commander. But you know what? I woke one day and realized it all meant nothing. I too was a failure. My life was a mess. My marriage was in the toilet, I had thoughts of suicide, you name it I have been through it.

I found freedom and joy through Jesus Christ. I am happier now then I have ever been in my whole life. I know that if I die in two minutes I will be in heaven. I am not scared anymore of dying. Yet in the same breath I no longer have thoughts of killing myself. I realize now that suicide only locks those pains into you for eternity. There is no peace, no lack of suffering, no freedom, no joy, no rest if you kill yourself. But in Jesus there are all of these things: (Revelation 21:4-8 NIV) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." {5} He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." {6} He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. {7} He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. {8} But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

I know you are not a Christian, but why not give Jesus a try? It sure sounds like nothing else has worked. I know nothing else worked for me. Here is the deal; to accept the free gift of salvation, you need to believe that Jesus is God, that He came to earth as a man (while remaining God) that He died for your sins and that He arose again. If you believe this then just ask Him to forgive you of your sins. He will. If you have trouble believing, ask Him to help you. Get a Bible and read it. God loves you. He does not want to make it hard for you to believe, He wants to help you. You have to get to the point where you are willing to at least look to Him for help. You can't do it yourself.

I will pray for you. I hope I have helped you a little. Like I said at the beginning, it would be great if I could tell you that everything will be okay, but I can't. It will only be okay if you get right with God.

Please feel free to write me back. I will help you if I can, but I can only tell you the truth, I will not lie to you.

Ralph

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