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What does the Bible say about suicide?

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Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul's armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (1 Kings 16:18) are six people mentioned in the Bible who committed suicide (Matthew 27:5). Five of these individuals were mentioned as being wicked (the exception being Saul's armor-bearer, about whom nothing is spoken). Some people believe Samson committed suicide since he was aware that his deeds would result in his death (Judges 16:26–31), however Samson's purpose was to kill Philistines, not himself.

Suicide is equated to murder in the Bible, and that is exactly what it is: self-murder. Only God has the authority to determine when and how a person should die. “My days are in your hands,” we should say like the psalmist (Psalm 31:15). God is the source of all life. He both gives and takes away (Job 1:21). Suicide, or killing oneself, is sinful because it rejects God's gift of life. No man or woman should presume to exercise God's power over his or her own life.

Some persons in the Bible experienced great despair in their lives. Solomon had reached the point where he "hated life" in his pursuit of pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:17). Elijah was terrified, unhappy, and desirous of death (1 Kings 19:4).

Jonah was furious with God and desired to die (Jonah 4:8). Even the apostle Paul and his missionary companions "were under immense pressure, much beyond our ability to bear, to the point where we despaired of life itself" at one point (2 Corinthians 1:8).

Suicide is thus a sin according to the Bible. It is not the "worst" sin—it is no worse than other sins in God's eyes, and it has no bearing on a person's eternal destiny. Suicide, on the other hand, has a profound and long-lasting effect on those left behind.

Suicide, on the other hand, has a profound and long-lasting effect on those left behind. Suicide leaves deep scars that take a long time to heal. May God's grace be with everyone who is going through a difficult time right now (Psalm 67:1). May we all find comfort in the promise that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

If you are considering suicide please seek help from family members or authority.

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