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What does the Bible say about suicide?

Postby Newbie » Sun May 18, 2014 5:39 pm

I would like to know how suicide is viewed in christianity. Is there any verses in the bible that talk about suicide?
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Re: What does the Bible say about suicide?

Postby jimwalton » Sun May 18, 2014 5:46 pm

Good question. There aren't any verses that talk about suicide. Some people in the Bible committed suicide (Possibly King Saul, definitely Judas), but there are no teaching in the Bible about it.

Obviously, suicide is taking a life, and the Bible does say that it's wrong to willfully take a life by violence (Ex. 20.13), but it doesn't speak specifically about suicide.

Some people consider that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that anyone who suicides goes directly to hell. While some Catholics agree to that, others don't. But what we definitely do NOT find is the Bible teaching that. The Bible never says that people who kill themselves go to hell, even though the last act they committed on this earth was murder. The teaching of Scripture is clear that your final destiny is not dependent on an action like that, but the state of your soul (with a sin nature or the nature of Jesus) at the end of life.
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