Suicide is not a new idea. The Bible records seven suicides.
1. Abimelech. in Judges 9:52-54
52 Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, 53 a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.
54 Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’” So his servant ran him through, and he died.
2. Samson in Judges 16:25-30
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.
When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
3. Saul in 1 Samuel 31:4
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.”
But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
4. Saul’s armor-bearer in1 Samuel 31:5
5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.
Impulse, he wanted to die with his boss. 40% of teenage suicide is impulse.
5. Ahithophel in 2 Samuel 17:23
23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.
6. Zimri in 1 Kings 16:15-20
15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned in Tirzah seven days. The army was encamped near Gibbethon, a Philistine town. 16 When the Israelites in the camp heard that Zimri had plotted against the king and murdered him, they proclaimed Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day there in the camp. 17 Then Omri and all the Israelites with him withdrew from Gibbethon and laid siege to Tirzah. 18 When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the royal palace and set the palace on fire around him. So he died, 19 because of the sins he had committed, doing evil in the eyes of the LORD and following the ways of Jeroboam and committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit.
20 As for the other events of Zimri’s reign, and the rebellion he carried out, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?
Rebellion; Zimri had a problem with authority.
7. Judas in Matthew 27:3-5
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
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.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
God’s plan is for life, not death. The Bible teaches that both physical and spiritual death are the result of our sin and disobedience to God, but eternal life is a gift to those who receive it.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
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 holy name. 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.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
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.
Accept Christ’s free gift of eternal life and salvation, if you haven’t already. Romans 10:13 says:
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).
Because of God’s salvation through the death of Jesus on the cross, we can have assurance of eternal life with God.
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)
Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.
This command includes one's own self.
Do not murder yourself or anyone else. The bible is silent when it comes to suicide. God odes not mention if you will go to heaven or not. But realize that life is one of the best gifts you could ever get. Life is tough, but God is stronger and if you ask him to help you and fix what's wrong, believe that He will.
God gave you a precious gift: Your life. Why would you waste it? If you're having problems in life, ask God to help you! WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Suicide is "GIVING UP!"
Jesus tells us to "OVERCOME"... persevere... not give up!
"...we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience [CHARACTER]; and experience [character], hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us." (Rom.5:3-5)
Those who are Christ's are bound through obedience to Him to fight for their salvation and their crown by not giving up on Him or God's power to overcome the flesh and the pulls of the world. Life is a struggle. If there were no struggle, there would be nothing to overcome. [see: Rev.2:7; 11; 17; 26 & 3:5; 21 & 21:7]
Life's struggles... experiencing the depths of iniquity... builds character- good or bad - depending upon whether we reject it, fight it and overcome it through Jesus Christ; or give in to it, join it and succumb to it.
The war of overcoming is fought in accordance with God's Word... with God's "armor" - [Eph.6:13-18).
And we can't wield that armor without plenty of "practice and training"... which is accomplished through reading, study and practical applied obedience to God's Word, the Bible:
"...if ye CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32)
Nor can we fight and overcome unless we know our enemy. In this world, men believe other men are the enemy. But God's Word reveals that the real enemy of mankind that needs to be overcome, is an invisible one.
"...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph.6:12)
The majority of the world, however, is unaware of this enemy... and remains virtually "UNARMED" and "DEFENSELESS" to combat it. This enemy, therefore, remains free to devastate the earth's population with its greatest weapon - "HOPELESSNESS."
Suicide is the result of hopelessness. Hopeless people have nothing to fight for. Suicides are committed by those who are ignorant of God's armor and set upon by these invisible powers. They don't know how to fight this enemy they can't see.
Suicide is "self-murder"... the breaking of the sixth Commandment. It's just one of the ten transgressions against God's law that defines "sin" [I John 3-4], for which Jesus died on behalf of His creation.
It's difficult to imagine someone knowledgeable of God's Truth committing suicide... but who's to know or say how far the character development of any individual has progressed... or stalled.
The majority of the world, however, remains deceived and at the spiritual mercy of its merciless enemy. ["...that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD..." - Rev.12:9] And suicides abound.
Judgment Day is ahead of man, on the Last Day, in which he shall give account of his life's works to his Creator. This vast majority of mankind who lived their lives in ignorance of God's Truth... and of the true nature of man's enemy... shall have all of this opened to their understanding then. The books of the Bible shall be opened for all the generations of men to know and understand:
"...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev.20:12)
When they finally have their once deceived and blinded hearts opened, to understand the Wisdom and Truth of God, they will be given their first opportunity, that they never had before, to "believe" what they are hearing for the first time... and to "repent" of a lifetime of sin... and to cry out for their Creator's mercy and forgiveness, to receive God's gift of salvation.
Jesus has given us a glimpse into the proceedings of Judgment Day in the gospel of John: "...in the Last Day, that Great Day of the Feast [which pictures Judgment Day], Jesus stood and cried, saying, IF ANY MAN THIRST, LET HIM COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK. He that believeth on Me, AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive..." (John 7:37-39).
That's not the picture most of us have been taught regarding Judgment Day... but He certainly reveals a hopeful future for the majority of mankind, whom most men seem to believe are "lost and burning in some imaginary ever-burning hell" at this very moment.
God hates a "quitter." Especially, those to whom He has revealed His Truth, Wisdom, Understanding, and to whom He has given His Holy Spirit. To quit at that stage in the development of their "re-birth" and virtually thumb their nose at His mercy and His Holy Spirit, is abominable to Him... and UNFORGIVEABLE [the Unpardonable Sin].
"...For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the Good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away [give up and quit], to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame." (Heb.6:4-6)
But, suicides that are the result of hopelessness are done in ignorance of God's Truth, the Bible... by those devoid of God's Armor... by those who are defenseless; assailed by the enemy of whom they are unaware. Their sin is forgiveable, as are all the other transgressions of men against the Commandments of God. If the "sinner" who commits them is made aware of their transgression AND REPENTS OF IT.
That's what the Bible says about "suicide." Sin is the transgression of God's Commandments. Potential suicides "thirst" for "hope." A reason for living in a dying world. And Jesus' encouraging Words on that Last Day of that Feast of Tabernacles [which pictures His coming thousand year rule on earth] over two thousand years ago, provides hope of a miraculous outcome and future for the majority of mankind at the Last Day.
Suicide isn't unforgiveable. It's the same tragedy as any other sin we commit in ignorance of God's Commandments. The world has long been hurt and still suffers from it. All of which shall be assessed at the Last Day as to what each of us may have learned from it... and whether or not we repent before God for it, in accordance with His Word... the Bible... the books that shall be opened on that Day for the sake of Truth and Understanding, that Justice may be served.