What does the Bible say about suicide?
Are you feeling that life isn’t worth living anymore? Do your problems seem too big to handle? Does it seem that no one cares? Sometimes these feelings of despair or apathy cause people to think about suicide. What does the Bible say?
Suicide is not a new idea. The Bible records seven suicides.
|Abimelech lacked personal identity.|
|Samson died for a cause he believed in and for revenge.|
Saul1 Samuel 31:4
|Saul was stressed out, unable to live up to certain expectations; felt rejected and a failure and was facing excution by his enemies|
Saul’s armor-bearer1 Samuel 31:5
|Impulse, he wanted to die with his boss. 40% of teenage suicide is impulse.|
Ahithophel2 Samuel 17:23
|Ahithophel was bitter because his advice was not followed.|
Zimri1 Kings 16:15-20
|Rebellion; Zimri had a problem with authority.|
|Depressed, Judas felt trapped by materialism and guilt.|
But what does the Bible say about taking your own life?
God has a great plan for your life. God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). He created us for a purpose. God has a specific plan in mind for everyone.
The thief comes only to steal and destroy (John 10:10).
Jesus wants us to have LIFE. He said:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Life belongs to God. It is never our place to take our own life or someone else’s life.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
If suicide isn’t the answer, what is?
The solution to despair and hopelessness is not suicide, but faith in God.
Christ promises that He will give us rest from our problems.
Tell someone. Tell your parents, your brother or sister, your teacher or school counselor, your pastor or youth minister that you are thinking about suicide. If a friend tells you that he or she is serious about suicide, then you need to tell someone who is responsible and can help.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
John 1:12 says:
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
When we accept Christ, God gives us a brand-new life and sees us as completely holy and righteous.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
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