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Bible Scriptures On Suicide

What does the bible say about suicide? It is wrong, of course, but are there any specific passages related to this? Thank you for your help.

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Caleb, is pride not one of your own sins? Are you telling us that no Christian has some kind of pride? Are you without pride? So when you sin, is it not pride? To do what you want and not what God wants you to do?
Listen, there is no one without sin, no one. Once bought by Christ, a person always belongs to Christ. No sin can ever separate a believer from Christ. We are saved by God grace through faith. Not by any works we have done.
---Mark_V. on 12/29/13

Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 1:20-21. Suicide is pride. We are called to completely trust God with our whole lives. Suicide is an act of trusting in our own understanding and desires above the things God is doing or going to do with our lives. "You are not your own, you were bought at a price." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 It is open rebellion and it is faithless and there is no excuse for suicide. We can either trust God, or we can't. We can either choose to do what is right, or not. You cannot make someone love you, but it is wrong to deny the Lord.
---Caleb on 12/28/13

Steven, it's you who teach a false doctrine, one of free will. You teach that God cannot save anyone, He needs sinful man's permission. Then teach, after God has saved you He is not able to keep you. You teach a powerless God. That Jesus is unable to sustain you (1 Cor. 1:7-9). You teach that man, by his own works can lose his salvation. It is a "man's centered" theology.
Falling from the faith does not mean a saved person loses his saving faith. It means the person never was a part of God.
"They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, the none of them were of us" (1 John 2:19).
---Mark_V. on 12/28/13

Mark_V. wrote: "[I] do not understand why some of you do not believe that when God saves you He saves you period."

This is the false doctrine of once-saved, always-saved. The bible, from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation warns the godly people and the christians the consequences of falling away from the faith. It is prophezied that there is to be a great falling away from the faith. One must have faith to begin with before one is fallen away.

As for suicide, suicide is murder, period. There is absolutely no reason for a person to commit suicide even with personal health or mental illness. The person who commits murder, even self murder, did not have faith in God reach out to Him for help.
---Steveng on 12/27/13

I hear what many say, and do not understand why some of you do not believe that when God saves you He saves you period. You become a child of God, born of the Spirit. Baptized into one body in Christ, sealed by the Spirit. You belong to God. How can anyone even suggest that if you forget a sin, you are not going to heaven once you are saved? No one can tell me they are without sin. If you do then the Truth is not in you. So how can anyone saved already be lost again? Impossible. Will he lose his spiritual birth? What God are you guys talking about? Not the One from the Bible. We are imputed the righteousness of Christ. No act of our works after been saved can reverse the works of God.
---Mark_V. on 12/26/13


You said: I don't think that it is enough to confess "all the sins I committed this last 3 months" without naming them and showing true contrition.

In this case, everyone is truly lost, for who can remember every single sin he has ever committed during his entire life? Contrition is important, and while it is good to acknowledge those sins we can remember, nowhere are we required to specifically confess every last one of them.
---StrongAxe on 12/25/13

Mike, it is a good thing to repent every time we sin so as not to store up a huge list for the odd occasion now and then. I do NOT believe that we will go to hell if we forget to repent of one particular sin but do feel that, as soon as we realise that we did something of which God would not approve, it is best to ask for forgiveness. I think that this keeps us 'on our toes' and we will be less likely to repeat sins.

I don't think that it is enough to confess "all the sins I committed this last 3 months" without naming them and showing true contrition.

No-one can remember three months worth so best deal with them as and when and feel the peace of God which comes with doing that.
---Rita_H on 12/25/13

\\ Doesn't the Blood of Christ cover all sin? \\
---mike on 12/25/13

Jesus did not die to provide a covering. The OT sacrifices already did that. Don't you believe that He is the mediator of a better covenant?

His blood CLEANSED us of sin.

Any Jesus who merely covers sin is not a Redeemer. It amounts to a different Jesus and a different gospel
---James_L on 12/25/13

Doesn't the Blood of Christ cover all sin? If we needed to repent every time we sinned, I do not think any one will be in heaven. Everyone of us sin every day and we do not even know that we are sinning.All unrighteousness is sin. If you say you do not sin you are a liar.
---mike on 12/25/13

Deb, first of all, I am sorry to hear about your sons death. And yes, you are right, God knows when we will be born and when we will die. It will happen when He calls us. How it happens no one knows, but it will be our time to go. It does not matter how healthy a person is, anything can happen to cause your death. Because we are selfish people and don't know what God knows, in our eyes it seems not fair that they did not live a long life like others do, but this life of ours in the physical world does not mean much to God, what matters is the life we will have with Him after we die. But no one avoids death, because it is God who provides us with every breath we take.
---Mark_V. on 12/9/13

deb, I am so sorry to hear of your lose. last june my son sat on his bed with a 380 in his hand crying. boy did I pray and pray and pray. His 12 yr old son walked in and hugged him and he put the gun down. he is fine now. his wife found another guy and left after 13 yrs. my son was devastated. my daughter self destructed with pain killers and Xanax. dear lady, I know your pain and it seem unbearable even for me after 9 yrs. If I had not had God in my life, I don't know how I would have gotten thru it. you are on my prayer list.
---shira4368 on 12/2/13

My son took his life. He struggled with mental illness and physical pain. Catherine, how dare you be so self righteous and judgemental? There is also a scripture that says we cannot change our time of death. If this is true, God took my son home due too illness. It was his predestined time to return to God. He didn't murder himself.
---Deb_Denton on 12/2/13

\\Catherine, everything is in the Word of God that God wants us to know.\\


Jesus Himself said, "I have many other things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. But when the Spirit of Truth has come, He will lead you into all truth."

Try again.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/7/13

Catherine, everything is in the Word of God that God wants us to know. God is not going to tell you something that is not in the bible. sorry you deceive yourself.
---shira4368 on 9/4/13

Yes, Judas hung himself all his guts fell-out of him. And do you know that as God told me, cause I ask questions, Some of those wicked men that was directly involved with the torture and murder of Jesus Christ went on to commit suicide. Some of God's prophets had asked Him to take their life, but God refused every time.
---catherine on 9/4/13

there were some in the bible who hanged himself and I think judas was one of them.
---shira4368 on 9/4/13

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You know I've looked in the Bible dictionaries on this one just the other day, I just came across it. If I remember correctly, the word suicide is not even in the Bible. However, God gives life and only God should take it. Also, "you shalt not kill", is one of the Ten Commandments. And in studying those, I find that it also include suicide. You must be forgiven of all your sins by God before you can enter into the kingdom of God. No truly chosen man or woman would commit such an act, God would never allow it.
---catherine on 9/3/13

First of all, of course suicide is wrong. No one says it is ok. Suicide is a selfish act but God permits us to be selfish, for no one dies without God's permission.
Second, just because a person is saved does not mean they do not go through big trials. They make mistakes and have to live with the consequences, some try not to live at all. No one knows the mind but God. I went to a furneral of a 6 year old boy. His father was a young man, a true Christian. He back-up with his truck and ran over his son. He was so devastated that if he committed suicide, I could understand because of his guilt. But he was strong in the Lord and didn't. Some are not so strong. No one knows what a person is going through, only God.
---Mark_V. on 6/26/13

Looking at someone with a disdain look has a murderous spirit. Spitting on someone a murderous spirit. HATE means you have a murderous spirit.
---Catherine on 6/25/13

Catherine: "Thou shalt not kill"

It is quoted that way in the English versions, but in Greek the word is 'murder' as opposed to 'kill'.

The 'murder' one is actually more logical, given the number of offenses that were to be punished by stoning, and the number of times after the 10 commandments were given that the army of Israel was told to exterminate its enemy.

But that was in war, or for punishment, so while it was killing, it was not murder

I always wonder why they still use 'kill' in English - I learn from friends that almost no other language translates it that way
---Jennifer on 6/25/13

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Shira, you are not making any sense. You now say,
". God WILL turn our flesh over to satan for destruction of the flesh."
Let me explain something to you. God does not turn anyone's body over to Satan. Unbelievers are already doing the desires of their father the devil. Not because God turned them to satan, but because all discendants of Adam are condemned already. Only those who believe are not condemned.
Second, God can destroy the body of anyone at anytime He chooses to do so. Everything with a purpose. In (1Cor. 5:5) the person commiting immorality was a believer, that brought divine judgment from God in order to save the spirit in the day of the Lord. The person did not lose his salvation.
---Mark_V. on 6/25/13

Yes, there is a Scripture. "Thou shalt not kill", one of the ten commandments that God wrote with His very own fingers. This means more than you might think. It certainly includes one's own life.
---Catherine on 6/24/13

markv, please believe what you will but flesh means flesh means flesh. God WILL turn our flesh over to satan for destruction of the flesh. I have seen that happen.
---shira4368 on 6/24/13

Shira, the passage is about a person commiting sexual immorality within the Church. And the church had done nothing. Paul is saying to the church that when they gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ they are to deliver such a person to satan, for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may be saved.
He also says
"Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?" (5:6) One person can corrupt the whole Church if the matter is not taken care of. There is nothing hard about the passage in (1 Cor. 5:5) only if you want to make it hard. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 6/22/13

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markv, you can believe what you wish but the Word of God says God can turn one over to satan for the destruction of the flesh. how can that be talking about the church? individuals are in the flesh.
---shira4368 on 6/21/13

Shira, again the passages for (1 Cor. 5:5) is talking about the Church. If someone in the Church, a believer, is commiting immorality, defiling the Church, Paul says,
"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered (the church) together, along with my spirit, (including his permission) with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, (this is divine illness even to physical death)that His spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" The unrepented person may suffer greatly under God's judgment, but will not be an evil influence in the Church, and he will more likely be saved.
---Mark_V. on 6/20/13

There are two instances more easily shown. First, in the ten commandments, it says thou shalt not murder. Note that there is not direct object, and that murder of oneself must also be prohibited. Second, Paul himself stated that he would rather be dead so that he could join his Lord, but refrained because it would be shameful not to serve God with his heart, soul, and mind.
---A_servant on 6/17/13

markv, what does 1 Corinthians 5:5 mean? it surely speaks of the flesh of man. I am not confused.
---shira4368 on 6/17/13

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Shira, the passages in 1 Cor. 3 are pretty simple. I don't know why the confusion. If anyone tries to destroy the building of the Church, God will destroy him. It cannot mean a genuine Christian destroying another Christian. Or a Christian commiting suicide. No one can destroy the Christian who is sealed by the Spirit. So it cannot mean that. The only thing people can try to distroy with their heretical views and false teachings is the building of the Church. The whole context is talking about the Church. Hope that helps.
---Mark_V. on 6/17/13

Markv, when God said body, He meant body. We are part of the body of Christ but God is not going to destroy the body of the church or even the part of the body you and I are.
---shira4368 on 6/16/13

Shira, I was answering to what you said concerning the passages in (1 Cor. 3). when you said,
" so markv, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God didn't say the church would be destroyed. markv, I am not trying to argue with you"
Paul was speaking of the coming together of the church and how all believers are the temple of God. And how someone could try to destroy the temple of God which is the Church, you and I.
I also said, don't worry, that was when you said you were not trying to argue. I meant don't worry you disagree with my interpretation. It it not vidal to our salvation. Peace sister.
---Mark_V. on 6/15/13

Markv,i do know my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I don't know what you mean by asking that?
---shira4368 on 6/14/13

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Shira, don't worry. (1 Cor. 3:18,17) in the context, Paul to the corinthian church which has a lot of tares. Paul says (v.3:9)
"For we (believers) are God's fellow workers, you are God's field, "you are God's building Paul also says God asigned him to lay the foundation. The foundation of the Church. Jesus Christ is the foundation. In (v 3:16) He says, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" The Church is the temple of God. "If anyone defiles the temple of God." bringing false teachings trying to destroy the Church. "For which the temple of God is Holy" the Church is holy
"which temple you are"
---Mark_V. on 6/14/13

pharisee, I know the temple is our bodies. 1 corinthians 5:5. God will turn our bodies over to satan for the destruction of the flesh. no one knows the limits on a christian for the destruction of the flesh. I have seen a christian die and that is not a good thing to watch. I have also watched a Godly man die when he was 40 yrs old. He was a saint of God. so markv, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God didn't say the church would be destroyed. markv, I am not trying to argue with you. I am just stating my stand. I have witnessed much in my life, both good and bad. many mountains and many valleys in my life. God bless
---shira4368 on 6/11/13

Pharisee, we are the Church, every single believer is a part of the Body of Christ. Who do you think makes up the Church of Christ? I can only stretch it to One body in Christ. Listen, if you wish to disagree that people who commit suicide go to hell, or lose their salvation, that is fine with me. I will believe the Bible, when God saves someone, He never loses those who become His children. For we are not saved by any of our works, we are not lost by any of our works after we are saved. you don't have to believe that either. you can believe what your heart wants to believe. Many others believe as you do, and have for many years and I still sleep great.
---Mark_V. on 6/11/13

Temple = Physical body, and is spoken of in the singular.

You don't get to take that meaning and stretch it now. The Bible defined what it is already.

The verse is about ruining/spoiling/ defiling your flesh. Not the church. The gates of Hell won't spoil the church remember? The context can't be used to determine a definition that's already given previously in the same text and this is one of those cases as both passages are in Corinthians.

Furthermore it's spelled out perfectly for us in chapter six. So defiling the temple is defiling the individual believer's body. You cannot defile someone else, they can only do it by agreement with your wickedness... WAKE UP
---Pharisee on 6/10/13

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Pharisee, you missed the context so missed the interpretation of the passage. Read (v. 3:1-). Paul speaking to the brethren at the Corinthian Church. The cause of problems in the church was more than external, worldly influence. It was also internal carnality. The pressures of the world were combined with the weakness of the flesh. Many were not fully controlled by the Spirit. In fact they were carnal, controlled by the flesh. Though all believers have the Spirit they still battle in the fallen flesh (Rom. 7:14=25: 8:23). The temple of God is the Church, each member. Those who defile the Church and think they can succeed in destroying it by their human wisdom, would be far better to reject that wisdom and accept the foolishness of Christ cross.
---Mark_V. on 6/10/13

Mark V where did you get this from the text that it's speaking of only this one thing you try to insert? AND why oh why would a believer need a command not to murder given to them? What born again believer could really be that dull that they need a command not to murder another human being much less the brethren?

Furthermore what exactly is the difference between destroying the body God gave you and the body of another? Which one wasn't the temple of the Holy Spirit? Can either life be made from the one who took it again?

Do me a favor and find something to do with your time that is worth mentioning.

Will you now prove the nonsense you attempt to insert? Please do.
---Pharisee on 6/9/13

I can see the reasoning behind the application you cite Mark V, but again, given the wording of the passage that's a stretch.

It's not about defiling the spiritual life of another or the church, but about the destruction of a physical body. This is what Paul states is "the temple of God" Observe: "know ye not that your body
is the temple of the Holy Ghost" 1 Corinthians 6:19

Won't you be ashamed if when you die you learn you didn't rightly divide the word and people killed themselves because you said it was OK and they went to Hell? How will you not be there with them then?

James 3:1
---Pharisee on 6/9/13

Pharisee, again you misterpret the passages in (1Cor. 3:16). The passage is not speaking about a person committing suicide, but about a member of the church destroying another member of the church.
Here is a warning to any who would try to interfere with or destroy the building of the Church on the foundation of Christ. The member that does this, God will destroy. It does not mean he will lose his salvation, because the passages before are speaking of the judgment Seat of Christ where believers go and the fire test each one's work for rewards.
"If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire"
---Mark_V. on 6/9/13

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In Corinthians 3 it's stated that the temple of God is the body, then Paul states that anyone who destroys this temple God will destroy him. Well if you've destroyed your body what's left for God to destroy?

I speak not absolutely, but consider 1 Corinthians 10:13 as well.
---Pharisee on 6/6/13

well God did give us life but it can be taken by many evils in this world. we never know what will happen in the next split moment.
---shira4368 on 6/5/13

Nikki, you said,
"He gave life and only He can take the life."
When someone commits suicide we know it is because of some problem the person was having. It could be a million things. Does he sin? Of course. But everyone in this world sins. As long as we live in this flesh we will sin. If the person was saved and justified before God, no sin stops him from entering heaven. If sin stops us from entering heaven, no one would enter heaven for all sin and come short of the glory of God. If God wanted to save someone, it would be impossible for a person to commit suicide and not be saved. God is in control of all things. God either allow it or permits the person to commit suicide. No one knows how we will die, only God knows.
---Mark_V. on 6/5/13

We might talk about how to live with God, so we do not get to the point of suicide. Any selfish things can have a deep bad effect in us, so that with more and more selfish living we can get weaker so we suffer more, then can be tempted to end the suffering by means of suicide.

So, the real suicide can be how we kill ourselves by not living in love for any and all people. "Let all that you do be done with love." (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Also . . . "Do all things without complaining and disputing," (Philippians 2:14) so we don't get weaker and negative for suicide, but instead grow stronger in loving.
---willie_c: on 6/4/13

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Matthew chapter 27 verses 3 to 10.
---Rita_H on 6/4/13

Yes, the 6th commandment.
Thou shall not kill.

Suicide means one who kills oneself.
Homicide means one killing another.
Both ends up in death.

He gave life and only He can take the life. No one including oneself.
---Nikki on 6/3/13

Two accounts comes to mind of suicides that's mentioned in the Holy Bible.

"Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not, for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it." 1 Samuel 31:4

"And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself." Matthew 27:5
---christan on 6/4/13

Php 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better:
Php 1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

If I had to pick a passage related to this?
If would be this one!

It not the things we want, but the things that are needful.
And though you may not be able to see it or feel it or even understand it.
It is more needful that we live for each other.

Love you
---TheSeg on 6/4/13

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Hi, Gloria (c: I do not know of any scripture which directly tells us, "Do not kill yourself." But we have scriptures which can help >

"For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death." (2 Corinthians 7:10)

"love your neighbor as yourself" > if we love others, this can encourage us to stay here in this life, in order to love people. Paul would have loved to die so he could be with Jesus, but he says, "Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you." (Philippians 1:24) He valued staying here for us, more than escaping suffering by dying.
---willie_c: on 6/3/13

No, there is no passage that speaks about a person killing himself and what happens to him. If He was saved already, he will remain save. For God never loses any of His Children. They are sealed by the Spirit. No acts of man determine their salvation. God saves sinners.
Jesus said,
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of My Fathers hand" (John 10:27-29).
---Mark_V. on 6/3/13

In the Decalogue, it says, "Do not murder." This includes murdering yourself, that is, taking deliberate fatal action to end your life.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 6/3/13

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