Okay so we know the Bible say blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin. But it seems like a lot of Christians think there’s another one: suicide. Do you think so? Why or why not?
|April 12, 2015 at 20:37|
I have wondered this before! I don’t think that someone who had accepted Jesus into their lives would go to hell, because Jesus covers all sins, but I wouldn’t bet my eternal life on this.
|April 13, 2015 at 12:04|
Once you’re saved, you’re saved. Jesus’ blood covers every sin, past present and future. Every punishment for every sin we commit was laid on Jesus when he died. The only reason blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is unforgiveable is because blaspheming the Holy Spirit means rejecting Jesus’ forgiveness. You can’t be forgiven if you don’t want to be. God won’t force salvation on you–He won’t force you to spend eternity with him if you don’t want to.
NO WHERE in the Bible does it even insinuate that suicide is unforgiveable. On the contrary, Jesus said “Every sin is forgivable except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit…” Matt. 12:31.
If someone is saying suicide is unforgiveable, they are disagreeing with Jesus.
Suicide is the result of a mental condition, an illness, if you will. It’s not God’s will for you, of course, but you won’t lose Jesus if you commit a sin in a moment of weakness.
|April 13, 2015 at 14:30|
I don’t agree with it, but I’ve seen it argued that suicide is a form of murder, and since you do it ourself intentionally, one rarely has a chance to repent for it and /that’s/ why it’s not a sin that gets forgiven. Again, this isn’t my view, but it’s one that a lot of people in my religious community hold, if that helps add some perspective. I would imagine, by their logic, that someone who in the last moment, wishes they hadn’t done it and feels sorry, is absolved.
|April 13, 2015 at 18:41|
^I guess it depends on whether or not you believe God has forgiven every sin, past and future. But when you think about it, when Jesus died 2000 years ago, *every* sin (for us) was a “future” sin.
And if you believe you must confess and repent of every sin before you can be forgiven (or else you will go to hell–if you have unconfessed sin) then by that logic if you gossip about someone, or even just speak, think, or act pride fully and suddenly get hit by a car and die you will go to hell.
|April 13, 2015 at 19:04|
^ You’re right AdventureGirl. If suicide is unforgivable because they didn’t have the chance to repent, what about everyone else who sinned and died right afterwards. Or died while they were sinning?
|April 13, 2015 at 19:12|
I think those people, if saved, still went to heaven. Cause like it was said you can’t lose salvation. It’s impossible. Once you’re saved your automatically in no matter what. And I certainly don’t think saved people who sinned right before they died or while dying would go to hell because man just has a sinful nature and God knows that.
|April 14, 2015 at 07:17|
This is an interesting question that I have heard about a lot and I actually decided to ask my dad about it since he is a Pastor! His verdict was, biblically, you will not go to hell. If you are saved, the only sin that could make you go to hell would be the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. A lot of people also believe murdering would be a sin to send you to hell, but once again, it is not. There are many murders in the Bible who murdered after they had repented and still went to Heaven. So technically yes, suicide is murdering yourself, but you would not be sent to hell. Suicide is a sin, but you won’t go to hell for it.
I honestly think that the Christians who said that suicide was an unforgivable sin were the same Christians who believed people struggling with mental illnesses were condemned by the Devil and were going to hell also.
When Jesus died on the cross he forgave ALL sins. Meaning people who murdered, stole, and yes even homosexuals and people who committed suicide would go to Heaven as long as they “Confessed with their mouth that Jesus was Lord and Believed in their heart that God raised him from the dead” they would be saved. (Romans 10:9)
|April 14, 2015 at 11:59|
I have also seen the perspective marystrueblood talks about except it’s more like a christian that is sincere will not give up on himself or his trust in God, and he/she will know that God has a plan and a purpose for everybody so he/she will not take his life because he/she feels meaningless because he/she would know that each person has meaning to God. The person who takes their life theirfore having this mindset is not a real christian. If they are not a real christian they don’t have salvation and therefore will not go to heaven. In a way this makes it an unforgivable sin… even though the bible only talks about blasphemy of the holy spirit as being the only unforgivable sin…
|April 30, 2015 at 12:51|
^But there’s nothing in the Bible that makes that statement. And when you’re depressed you’re not thinking correctly. You definitely do NOT have the right mindset, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t a true Christian.
You’re a true Christian when you believe Jesus Christ is God and have asked him into you’re life to cleanse you of your sin and save you.
(Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16;)
Hebrews 7:25 says Jesus saves us completely, because he lives forever and is always there to intercede for us
. In Romans 8:38 Paul writes:
See, not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. If this is true, then neither can depression, suicidal thoughts, or even the act of killing one’s self.
|April 30, 2015 at 16:32|
Samson committed suicide, yet he made it to the Hall of Faith. That is for God to decide, not us.
|May 12, 2015 at 20:08|
The way I see it, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God once we are his. We can not be taken from him once we are his. We were adopted into his family and He will never leave or forsake us. He can not love sin. Through Christ, ALL our sins are washed away. To include suicide. There is no doubt in my mind that if a Christian commits suicide, they are forgiven and accepted into the Father’s arms.
|May 13, 2015 at 07:22|
I’ve struggled with this question a bit. The thing is, different denominations believe different things. Some, like Baptists, have a once-Saved-always-saved theology. Others, like AG, believe that it is possible to stop being a Christian, such as walking away from/denying your faith. What you believe in that regard would probably influence your answer to the question. Also, I think the circumstances are important. For example, the people who jumped instead of waiting to burn alive on 9/11. I can’t believe that God would condemn those people who were Saved, under those circumstances, even though they technically committed suicide. However, to me, that’s fundamentally different than hanging yourself after a bad breakup. You get what I’m saying? I guess in the end, it’s a question only God will be able to answer.
|May 19, 2015 at 06:22|
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