Throughout my life I have always heard people say that Suicide is an unpardonable sin. Some use scriptures about Murder and say “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and if you kill yourself then you are not able to ask forgiveness. Others say that it is a way of destroying the temple, and Paul definitely states that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and defiling the temple will lead to destruction.
I can not say that I agree? (By the way, this is not a cry for help and I do not need an intervention.)
Even though the CDC is not showing a significant increase in suicide for the past decade because it fluctuates up and down, we have a much higher awareness of suicide due to facebook, youtube, internet, and media in general.
So the biggest question I have is does a suicidal person go to hell? I don’t believe so. Think with me for a minute, would you say a person who has cancer will go to hell because they smoked all their life. Their action caused their death. Actually, people that die of most any preventable disease dies because of something they did or the lifestyle lived. Even getting forgiveness for living that way, does not take away the consequence of death due to the disease.
Secondly, no Christian in their right mind would believe that God would hold a person with severe Alzheimer’s, dementia, PTSD, Schizophrenia, head injury, or other disease or defect responsible if he or she did something to harm him or herself.
Why then would we think that it would be any different for any other person who harms themselves. God is no respecter of person’s and a person is not going to harm himself or herself unless he or she has some severe mental problem. Either he or she is severely depressed or bipolar or other problem that makes him or her think irrationally. Therefore the person chooses to do something that he or she would not normally do.
Needless to say, I truly believe that a person who commits suicide is not in his or her right mind. Instead of condemning someone who is looking at suicide as a viable option because of the problems that he or she is facing, we should work to help him or her work through the problem or disorder that is causing it.