Is Suicide an Automatic Ticket to Hell?

You may remember we asked a poll on this question last week. Results can be seen HERE.

I grew up being taught that it is.

But is it true? Best place to start is “what sends you to heaven?” There is only one thing you can do to get you to heaven and that is trusting in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

But isn’t the converse of that true?
If there is not a good deed you can do to get you there, then we must stay consistent. Going to hell cannot be from doing a bad deed, but because of rejection of the thing that Christ has done for us.

Once you start naming specific sins that send you to hell then you have just minimized and made less than it is, the transaction that Jesus covered for us on the cross between Him and His Father.

Let’s take a look at a person who committed suicide….Saul.
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HOW TO LOSE YOUR BAD MEMORIES

JOHN 16
“… You will mourn, but your grief will be turned into gladness. 21 A woman, when she is in labour, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has given birth to the babe, she no longer remembers the pain, because of her joy at a child being born into the world.”

SHE NO LONGER REMEMBERS HER PAIN are the words that jumped off the page to me.
I kept thinking about how to lose bad memories.

Why do people remember their pain?
Why do they talk about their pain often?
Why do you see it on their faces?

All the pain you go through carrying this POSSIBILITY is mounting up until the day the child comes and then it happens…..IMMEDIATE AMNESIA

And when it happens, you don’t remember the past.
What happens is that nothing happens!
They never give birth.

I THINK MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER THEIR PAST  BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER GIVEN BIRTH TO ANYTHING FROM THEIR PAIN

THEIR PAIN DID NOT PRODUCE WHAT IT WAS MEANT TO PRODUCE,
and so they only they take out of it is bitter angry talk

God is calculating.
He never sends you through something that is not going to make you pregnant.
Every painful situation is simply a labor pain.
It should remind you that something , some ministry, some message, some witnessing opportunity is going to come out of this.

Answer the question , if you can, “Why did I go through this?”
And that will get you close to what to expect.
That question is like a spiritual ultrasound.

The pain of the concentration camps produced a Corrie Ten Boom.
The pain of being a paraplegic produces  a Joni Erickson.
The pain of prison produces an apostle Paul and the gospels.

The stories are too many to count. From young surfers who get their arm bit off by a shark (Bethany Hamilton) to the death of your wife (CS Lewis). Pain leads to a birth. The birthing of something new and fresh.  But you don’t get fresh and new without pain.

I love these words by Brennan Manning:
“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.….Hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted.”
Wow. You should probably read that again slowly.

God made it that the end result of our pain should cause memory loss. But if you don’t see and experience the “why” then you don’t experience the memory loss.

But when there is only pain and never a delivery… life is unbearable. Life is bitter. Life is unfair.

42 Chapters Was How Long?

How long does Job fight his battle in those 42 chapters of the book that bears his name?

When you read it, it seems like forever.
Sometimes when you read the Bible, there could be a decade between chapters.
Not here in Job… It will surprise you.

I have been reading Gilchrist Lawson’s “Marked Reference Bible”. He puts the dates of the chapters at the top of the page so the reader can grasp a timeline of the events. When you read in his bible Job 1 , it says 1520 BC, and then when you fast forward to Job 42 it still says 1520.

The time frame of Job’s suffering was one year

The year of suffering is not only agreed by some other commentaries but some of the verses in Job mentions time frames that are not in years. The book of Job itself mentions “days” and “months” of suffering, implying that the sickness extended at least several months’ time.

Job 7:3 So I have been allotted months of futility, And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

Job 30:16 And now my soul is poured out because of my plight; The days of affliction take hold of me.

Job 30:27 My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; Days of affliction confront me.

Whatever the time frame… it was intense but it was worth it! Job received more at the end than he had at the beginning.
That is what happens when you successfully, with God’s help, navigate through tough battle seasons.

The other thing to remember is there is a time limit…. For Job it was one year…. No one knows for sure how long yours will be.

I Peter 1 says:
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

I love the phrase “little while”….but we don’t know how long “little while” is but we do know “little while” does not mean “forever”

So whatever you are going through today….

Remember, THERE IS A TIME LIMIT and IT’S WORTH IT

The latter is always greater than the former.