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.
Jesus taught that death and destruction are the work of “the thief” (Satan). He said,
The thief comes only to steal and destroy (John 10:10).
John 8:44 says that Satan is a “murderer” and the “father of lies.” The feelings of despair that lead to suicide are caused by some of his lies.
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.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holyname. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you (Psalms 33:20-22).
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.
The suggestion that you simply wink out of existence is an absolute lie—a terrible damning deception for those who murder themselves based on the assumption that it is true. This lie most likely originated from The Father of Lies, the raging devil who utterly hates God and mankind, and continually seeks effective ways to confuse, deceive, tempt and destroy.
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