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Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible, and there’s a lesson to be learned from them.
- Suicide appears in Judges 9:54, Judges 16:30, 1 Samuel 31:4-5, 2 Samuel 17:23, 1 Kings 16:18, and Matthew 27:5.
- Suicide is never part of God’s will for his people.
- Suicide overlooks the ultimate solution to our guilt and regret (Romans 8:1-2.)
- If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The call is confidential and free.
Romans 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
See Also: Death, Guilt, Suicide
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What are some of your observations about the suicides in the Bible? Why do you think the biblical authors included their stories?
- Do you agree that suicide is never God’s will? Explain.
- Read Matthew 27:1-5. Why did Judas take his own life?
- Read Romans 8:1-2. Who is this promise for? Why is there no condemnation for these people? What is the result of belonging to Christ? (For more on becoming a Christian, click here.)
- If you have struggled with thoughts of suicide before, how will you look at it now?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.