Complete Suicide Survey Results

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I like how Dr. Ravi Zacherias addressed the issue. That it is God who is the one who does the saving, and it is He and He alone, who knows the true condition of our hearts. A person may be in extreme pain, or terminally ill. Solely being kept alive by modern technology. Is that not cruel? That some of our advances in medical technology only seem to serve to prolong pain and suffering. Who is to judge what is Gods will? Our hope is in His grace and mercy. In a way is it not suicide to make a choice to give your life for another? Did Jesus commit suicide? He had a choice. He chose to give His life in accordance with the Fathers will. So, I dont believe that there is a general answer that is for everyone, but individually. What is the Fathers will.
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Wow, tough one! I heard a pastor years ago saying that we’d probably be surprised at who would be in heaven, just as many would be surprised that we got in! I think it ultimately comes down to motive. Is the man who wanted to duck financial difficulties by committing suicide(leaving perhaps a family to deal with the issues difficulties AND the death) judged the same as a person who suffered from perhaps emotional anguish/depression and took their life?
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A Christian that gets away from God and gets beaten up by life may try to take their life and succeed. The Bible tells us our lives are not ours to take so if we take it I think that person may not be eligible to get into heaven. But then there is the grace of God and His mercy on the downtrodden…..therein lies my conflict.
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Although I don’t believe believers should commit suicide, I do believe there are situations with mental illness, medications that give suicidal tendencies, etc. when the Lord understands the frailty and his compassion is beyond what we can comprehend. I am interested to hear the outcome of your survey.
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There is no sin God cannot forgive us for except blasheming the Holy Spirit. I always wondered if Saul (king of Israel) made it to heaven when he fell on his sword and killed himself. How can you repent for killing yourself if you dead, its too late.I believe if you kill yourself you wont make it to heaven but thats just my opinon.I hear so many testimonies about people they were about to kill themselves and the Lord intervened supernaturally and they never did it.
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God is all about the heart. There are real christians out there who struggle with real deep mental issues. It doesnt mean that they do not love God. Should a christian commit suicide? No. But, if he/she does commit suicide, God will factor in how much they committed their lives to Him, how much help they sought, and their true efforts to repent of their ways. There are many factors God must consider.
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Pastor I don’t know, its bro. James. My friend last week (Oct 7th) committed suicide by hanging, he was an ex marine and served 2 tours in Afghanistan, he was struggling with ptsd and depression and he finally gave into the voices he was struggling with. I don’t know.
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My gut says saved by grace. I think the Catholic church teaches that, but I can’t find scritural grounds to support that notion. Thinking about it however made me think of this, made me look at blasphemy which in one sense, Mathew 12 says is unforgiveable in Matt 12:31-32 (32. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.) I have never really paid attention to the contrast of speaking against the Son of man vs. speaing against the Holy Spirit.
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I lost a nephew and step mother to suicide within a 6 month period. I have to say, that I believe that to be sooooo desolate to kill yourself – how can you be in your right mind? ONLY Jesus knows the heart of man. I don’t believe my step mom “made” it simply because she wasn’t a christian. As for my nephew, I REALLY don’t know.
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Because it is not a normal state of mind the person who commits suicide has come to a point of irrational thinking. Also there are many meds whose side effecsuicide. Although the scriptures u the sanctity of life God determines who is going to heaven or hell.
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1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Suppose you’re driving your car and someone cuts you off, and while you’re cursing them in a moment of anger, you lose control of the car and die instantly… Cursing someone is generally considered sin… but we have an advocate! Does the blood of Jesus cover that sin even though you had no time to consider your behavior and seek forgiveness? If a Christian takes a handful of pills in a moment of overwhelming sorrow or depression… is that somehow a different category of sin which cannot be covered by the Blood of Jesus? With this thought the check boxes above were not adequate for me! I serve a merciful God who knows the heart of a person.
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the Word of God says not to kill. yes, we are saved by grace. but we don’t continue in our sin and we don’t allow ourselves to make excuses to continue to sin because of grace. I don’t think we go to heaven if we kill ourselves. In the middle of it someone could change there minds, and repent before they die. then I would say that person can go to heaven. its complicated because we Christians still deal with issues, demons what ever you may call it, we are still saved even though we have problems. I am not sure of the answer.
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Ultimately whether or not a person goes to heaven or hell is decided by God, and I’m not sure that I should be making those determinations… Partly because the term “suicide” is broad – for example does it include people who allow themselves to be taken off of life support? That being said – I would tend to say “possible, but not likely” because in most cases of suicide – there’s a long downhill spiritual slope that a person embarks on before they reach that final moment. In most cases the person has totally lost connection with God. I would certainly hate for my last act before meeting the ONE who made me to be destroying what He crafted by hand and declared wonderful. (Psalm 139)
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While suicide is not an unpardonable sin, it’s hard to imagine confessing and asking for pardon BEFORE killing oneself. And unlike murder, there is no opportunity to repent and ask for pardon after it is committed. Hard to know a clear answer without knowing the full extent of God’s grace, but in the end I feel certain that God would not allow this person’s earthly hell to continue for all eternity. So heaven it is.
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I think that, since God already knows the number of our days, gives life and takes life, and is sovereign, He may allow death by suicide to occur for a believer. Some people’s suicide attempts are successful, other’s are not. For some reason God pulls some from the brink, others He lets die. As well, as Christians, our sins past, present and future are forgiven but I believe we need to confess them and repent, you can’t do that when you’re dead. Yes, very complicated! 🙁
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Hello Pastor Tim! Good morning! Last week we just lost a young fellow here at age 21. He took his own life, it was so difficult for our Pastor & all the Pastoral staff & for everyone that heard about this. Also seven years ago our Pastor committed suicide in his office. Our new Pastor is a loving & caring godly man & so burdened sometimes with so many real problems. Also a very personal story fr. me. I was injured few years ago. My lower back is injured & my neck. The pain for many years was unbearable. I was told that suicide was not wrong. I took it to the Lord. He told me that the gates of Hell will not prevail in His Church. I am part of His body here on earth. I am still here & by His grace that is not the option. I am only sharing from my very own testimony. I love you & God bless!
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Many people who committed suicide battle very serious emotional and mental issue. Do I know if they are in Heaven or Hell? I do not know, Only God knows. He can forgive and save anyone who calls to Him even in the last minutes of their lives.
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No, it is not the unpardonable sin.
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As believers our bodies are the temples of the holy spirit and collectively we are the Church the Body of Christ. The 13th commandment is Thou Shalt not Kill. Suicide is killing of oneself who is part of the body of Christ. God the Creator is the final giver and taker of life. Suicide is the lie of Satan telling man he can be God and control his own destiny. The ultimate act of being striving to be God is for a person to take his own life. My opinion is suicide will lead to hell Pastor Tim.
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If a true believer in Christ commits suicide, it would seem Scripturally that they would to go heaven. Christ paid the price for ALL sin – past, present and future – which would include murder of others or oneself. I don’t understand how there can be a sin that’s too powerful for the blood of Christ to cover. I think the question is whether or not the person was truly saved – which is something we can’t ever really know since only God knows that person’s heart.
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I had a feeling this was going to be your next survey! It is a hard one to answer . We as christians have alot of scripture to stand on in troubled times. The word says He’s our strong tower, our great deliverer…Then my mind goes also to people who are going through difficult things that I may have never been through or have experienced. I dont know their pain & their hour of darkness. I’d rather say for the person who may commit suicide, that God will judge righteous judgement . He knows exactly their pain & all thats in their heart .
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You have to take into account mental illness. This does not apply to all, but there are cases of those who are mentally afflicted that under normal circumstances would never think of it. But there are some who are in situations beyond their control, who I know will be in heaven despite committing suicide. I have family and.close friends that fit in this category.
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I believe it depends on the mental state of the person at the time of suicide. Mental disease is a real disease like cancer or AIDS. I had a friend in ministry who took his life in the early 90’s. While I do not preach him in heaven neither do I preach him in hell. God is the judge. He alone knows our thoughts and our struggles. He alone holds the right to determine the destiny of one’s soul. I recall watching a WW II movie the other night about Nazi Germany. Whenever a soldier was captured they were given a pill to ingest that would take their lives. This was an order but the commanding officers so the enemy would not be able to extract information from the soldier. What if that soldier was me and I was told to take that pill in the event of capture. Would I lose my soul to hell? What if I was captured and tortured in an Iranian prison because of my beliefs in Christ? What if I couldn’t take the torture anymore and had an opportunity to take my life? What would happen to my soul? Here’s another question, same scenario – believer captured in Iran. What if I decided to make a run for the gate knowing that in doing so I would be shot and killed. Would that be considered suicide? I know I’ve asked more questions but these are just some thoughts that come to mind. Thanks for posting the question.
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I think that God judges what you do and to kill one’s self shows a real lack of faith but then God looks at the heart. He is the judge for a reason. He is the only one who really know. That being said I had a family member kill himself and I don’t think he made it (but again not up to me).
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I don’t know if its “complicated” but, I believe that because God is the giver of life; only He has the right to take it, yet He always makes a way of escape, what ever the situation , I believe “Suicide” is a self centered act, and is cowardly. I know, I’ve been there. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Seek him.
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At one point in my life, had I been sure of a positive answer, I would have ended my life. I did a lot of reading of leading christian / evangelical authors. Their views varied – these are all pastors/teachers that I have respected and trusted on other issues, lining their teachings up with the Word. There seems to be reasonable argument for both answers, and, because of that ambiguity, I remain alive. My fear of the eternal consequences outweighed the “black pit.” God is faithful. 🙂
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I believe that we can not be for certain what happens to a person who commits suicide. Only God knows the condition of their heart. But I think the Biblical text can gice us some insight. The biblical writers do not specifically state that such deaths are acts of sin. This probably is due to the fact suicide would be included under the law that forbids murder in the 10 Commandments. Some would be considered justifiable, such as that of Samson. He actually asked God to give him the strength to destroy the building he was in, an act that would kill the enemy as well as himself. Suicide was practiced as martyrdom by Christians during the Roman persecution. They would put themselves in situations where they knew they would be killed so they could die for the faith. Many of these believed martyrdom was a guarantee of entrance into heaven. Augustine was the first theologian to declare a distinction between suicide and martyrdom. He said suicide is an act of murdering oneself, a decision in direct opposition to God’s will. Suicide, along with adultery and apostasy, came to be seen as unredeemable. Thomas Aquinas later classified suicide as a mortal sin that cannot be forgiven. Because of this, the Roman Catholic Church for many years refused to conduct funerals for people who took their own lives. In recent times, the Catholic Church has modified this view, stating that suicide is no longer viewed as a reason to deny a Catholic funeral, unless it would cause a public scandal. Protestant leaders Martin Luther and John Calvin did not declare suicide to be an unforgivable sin. The only sin the Bible declares to be unforgivable is that of blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32). Bible scholars debate what this sin actually is. The basic meaning is that of denying the work of the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who convicts of sin and offers God’s forgiveness for sin, to reject the work of the Holy Spirit is to reject forgiveness–by definition, the unpardonable sin (to refuse to be pardoned is unpardonable). A related sin is the “sin unto death” in 1 John 5:16-17. This probably is a reference to rejecting Jesus Christ and the salvation he alone provides. One cannot know for certain what happens to a person who commits suicide, only God knows their heart and what they were going through. But I personally think if they accepted the gift that Christ paid then their in! Jason Heil
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I think it is difficult to give a definite answer to this question, because I don’t know the persons heart. Only God knows what this individual is thinking, feeling, and going through. I do believe someone can commit suicide and go to heaven, but not in every case. If I believe sin is sin, then is my salvation questionable if I tell a lie and then get in a car accident? However, not everyone who claims to be a Christian actually lives the lifestyle. I believe Gods grace would be more than enough to cover the sin of suicide if they had a personal relationship with God.
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Even Christians have moments (many moments) of weakness. So, if the Christian gives the devil the foothold to speak lies and thoughts of suicide into them, and they DO try to commit suicide, WE don’t know the entire story. We can’t say someone goes to hell or heaven because we don’t know what’s going on in their mind. But God does. I do believe committing suicide is sin. You are murdering yourself and rejecting to believe that God loves you and is able to help, heal, and protect you. Is there time for repentance for them? But, what if, let’s say for example, a Christian gives up, wants to end their life and overdoses on pills. What if they swallow 500 pills and suddenly realize they want to live and repents of his/her sin and cries out to God again? If they died, everyone would just think it’s a hopeless hell-bound suicide. We wouldn’t see or know the heart of the person in its entirety. My friend has a brain tumor and was in a lot of pain. So, the doctor’s and hospital staff told her there is a painless death- to pull the plug. She asked them, “Won’t I go to hell?” Because in her heart, she knew she was taking her life into her own hands by setting a time and date for her death. But, the hospital staff told her she’d go to heaven. Her family believed pulling the plug was assisted suicide, so they were against that decision and did everything in their power to remind my friend of the hope she has in Christ. I’ve heard many takes on this issue, prayed on it, and looked through the scriptures, but it’s still complicated!
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The unpardonable sin refers to the rejection of the Holy Spirit, which means you have rejected Jesus as savior. That will condemn you. All other sin is covered at the cross, so actually, this isn’t complicated.
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I agree that if you kill yourself you will go to hell. I also agree with the statement that if you truly love God, you would not even go all the way with taking your own life. It is complicated because teens are still trying to understand their own identity and be comfortable with who they are in their own skin, and when someone is destroying what little character development they have, it makes them think they are worth little to nothing. If you look to Christ however, he says you are perfectly and wonderfully made! Nothing he creates is a mistake. He spoke life into existence and he always said, “And it was good.”
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The only sin the bible is unforgivable is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Since we are not the judge we will not know if suicide victims go to heaven or hell. What we do new is God is merciful, loving, and forgiving. But also just.
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i think if the person was never introduced to Christianity, God, Jesus, just like a child, saved by Grace
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It really depends on the situation. If a person is in a relationship with Christ that doesn’t mean that they don’t experience depression or some of the other driving forces of suicide. I believe many of those Christians who end their lives are influenced by drugs prescribed and not monitored closely by their doctors especially those that prescribe drugs for pain or depression.

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