Where does a Christian who commits Suicide go?

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* Suicide
* Suicide is not the unpardonable sin.

Q. My teacher was a Christian who suffered from depression. He was a good teacher but finally committed suicide. Would he go to heaven?

A. This is a very emotional issue for someone who lost a loved one to suicide. On the one hand, some believe that suicide is self-murder in direct violation of the sixth commandment. And since it is final with no chance of repentance, that person will be lost forever. On the other hand, those who subscribe to eternal security believe that the person will still go to heaven. Who is correct?

The Bible does not address the issue directly, but here is my view based on the available evidence:
1. Suicide is sin, and discouraged in Scripture. There are six cases of suicides in the Bible:
a. Abimelech (Jud 9:54)
b. Saul and his armor-bearer (1 Sa 31:4,5; 1 Ch 10:4,5);
c. Ahithophel (2 Sa 17:23);
d. Zimri (1 Ki 16:18); and
e. Judas (Mt 27:5; Ac 1:18).

Some would count Samson (Jud 16:29,30) as well, but his death was more collateral damage in trying to kill the Philistines, and not his primary intention. With the exception of Saul’s armor-bearer for which there is insufficient data, all others were evil men. Suicide is never viewed as a solution to life’s problems.

2. Suicide is not the unpardonable sin, and is forgivable. There is only one sin in the Bible that is unpardonable – the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Mt 12:31-32 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. When a person rejects the testimony of the Holy Spirit and refuses to believe in Jesus, there is no pardon for his sins because he has declined the only way for his sins to be forgiven. Suicide is not blasphemy against the Spirit. The person did not speak against the Holy Spirit and apostasized. He can be forgiven.

3. Eternal life is based on faith in Christ, not what people have done. A genuine Christian who believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Some may feel that a Christian who commits suicide no longer believes in Jesus. But God examines a person based on the whole pattern of his life, not just his moment of faith when he first believed, nor his moment of despair when he loses hope in God to deliver him, and takes his own life as the way out. He is not condemned according to John 3:18 a. For a non-Christian, his suicide did not change his ultimate destiny, but only expedited it. John 3:18 b but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

My conclusion is that a Christian who commits suicide is still a child of God, and will be forgiven and enter into God’s presence in heaven.

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