What does the Bible say about SUICIDE?

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Question: What does the Bible say about suicide? Is it wrong and a sin? My brother killed himself not too long ago.

Answer: Several times the Bible sadly mentions suicide. There are at least seven recorded in the scriptures. When anyone commits any sin, it is a very sorrowful event. It is especially hurtful to those who know the sinner and even much more the family. We certainly extend our sympathy regarding your brother's death no matter what the cause.

The world looks upon someone who has killed themselves in a very twisted manner. People tend to categorize sin, but the God of the Bible does not! James the Apostle said if you keep all of God's Law and break one little point you are guilty of breaking all of it: "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10, NIV).

According to Jesus Christ himself, if you just have a THOUGHT in your mind with hatred toward your brother you are guilty of murder (Matthew 5:21-22).

Hating yourself, therefore, is murder, and you are breaking the sixth of the ten commandments which states: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). The KJV translation renders this verse "Thou shalt not kill."

Suicide is murder of oneself and is a sin, but ANY SIN is penalized by death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul said in the book of Romans that WE ALL have sinned so we ALL have the death penalty upon us (Romans 3:22 - 23).

Whether it be your brother or the rest of the world, we all have sinned and are worthy of death. Therefore, your brother has not sinned any worse than the rest of us. God has promised us that if we confess our sins he is MORE THAN willing to forgive and eventually remove ALL sin from our lives, no matter what it is. We need to comfort each other with the love and mercy of God.

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Paul tells us he was convinced that NOTHING, demons, destruction, death or anything man can do, can keep us from our relationship with and blessings from our heavenly Father (Romans 8:37 - 39). Below are a few inspiring scriptural passages to help comfort you while dealing with the loss of your brother.

8. But God commends His own love to us because, when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

9 But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. (1John 1:9)

1 Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1, HCSB)

13. No temptation has come upon you except what is common to mankind. For God, Who is faithful, will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear; but with the temptation, He will make a way of escape . . . (1Corinthians 10:13)

11 And what is it that God has said? That he has given us eternal life and that this life is in his Son. (1John 5:11, TLB)

We can ultimately be comforted knowing that the trials and troubles we experience in this life will not exist forever. God promises there will come a time when crying, pain, suffering, death, disease - all the things humans have had to endure while living in the flesh - will be gone FOREVER (Revelation 21:3 - 4). Thank you for asking what the Bible says about suicide.

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