Questions from Fuse – #1 – Suicide

We had an amazing night at Fuse last night answering great questions sent to us by our fuse students.  There were so many great questions that we just could not answer them all.  There were 4 questions that I saw specifically that we didn’t get to, but that I wanted to take a few minutes and offer some thoughts on:

Question #1 – If you commit suicide do you go to hell?

Through my years of working at the church I have talked with people who have suffered with severe depression and suicidal thoughts many times.  Most of them ask that question or they ask, “If I kill myself, will God still forgive me?”.  When they ask these questions, I tell them that this is not the question they need to be asking.  I tell them the question to ask is, “Is this what God’s plan is or is this your plan?”  “Is this God’s best for you or are you looking for an escape that is clearly not God’s will?”  Suicide is murder.  And to murder yourself is to say to God that his plan for you is not good enough and that you want to take your destiny into your own hands.  For any Christian to do this, it is a slap in the face of God and it must break the heart of God.  This is not what God wants for you.

What does the Bible say about suicide?   The Bible views suicide as equal to murder – that’s what it is – self-murder. God is the One who is to decide when and how a person should die. To take that power into your own hands, according to the Bible, is sin against God.

According to the Bible, whether a person commits suicide is not what determines whether he or she gains entrance into heaven.  This belief comes from a teaching that some churches have that is not biblical.  The only thing that determines whether or not someone goes to heaven is his or her relationship with Jesus.  So, if you commit suicide and you have never received Jesus into your life, that is the only way that you would go to Hell.

If you are a Christ-follower, then suicide should not be an option.  You have submitted your life to Jesus and said your life is devoted to Him and seeking after His kingdom and desires.  Suicide is never the answer to anything that we are facing, Jesus is the only thing that will ever satisfy us or give us peace.

If you are reading this because you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and you don’t know what to do, I want to talk directly to you for a second.  Before you make a decision to do anything, you need to talk with someone.   If you are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, our fuse staff or care staff would love to talk with you and help you any way we can.  What you need to know is that you are not alone, and the problems that you are facing are not hopeless.  Jesus is your hope.  He loves you .  He is for you.  And scripture tells us in Romans 8:31 – What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

(If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you should call 911 and get help or go to the emergency room and be evaluated by a physician immediately)

Here are some other great articles if you want to read more about this subject:

If a Christian commits suicide, is he still forgiven?

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