Suicide is a sensitive topic that is not incredibly pleasant to talk about. Whether you know someone who committed suicide, attempted suicide, or have had thoughts about the subject yourself, the question that remains is, “Does a person that commits suicide go to heaven?”
The short answer is we don’t know
The Bible does say that if a person has a genuine, true relationship with God, and they believe in Jesus’ finished work on the cross, regardless of any sin they may commit, they do go to heaven. Suicide is self-murder, which we are told is a sin. We are also told, however, that if a person asks for forgiveness, they will be forgiven.
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A person who killed themselves by their own hand cannot separate themselves from the love of Christ if they are living in the love of Christ.
We are called to live in faith
There are people, even believers, who genuinely struggle with sadness and depression. However, we are called to live by faith, not our feelings.
Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The live I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This includes meeting with other Christians. When we’re sad, there is temptation to isolate ourselves because it seems easier than being vulnerable. Despite that, God calls us to mourn together.
Romans 12:15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
If you’re living an ingenuine life, it might feel like life isn’t worth living, especially if you’ve separated yourself from other Christians. However, Jesus calls us out of our isolation and into a life of fellowship and love among other believers.
Suicide is not the unforgivable sin
All in all, suicide is not an unforgivable sin in itself. The true question is if the person who commits suicide is saved and truly knows Christ. We, as people, cannot answer this, but we can make every effort to be intentional with our brothers and sisters in Christ. If you know someone is suffering, comfort them in any way that you can. If you are suffering, talk to other Christians about what you are feeling, so they can help you the way that you need.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Why are you interested in this topic?
- Read Romans 8:38-39. Do you think any sin can separate someone from the love of God? Defend you answer.
- Read Galatians 6:1-4. “If you’re not practicing the ‘one-anothers’ of scripture, you’re going to be filled with despair.” Do you agree? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.