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Can a Person Commit Suicide and be Saved?
First of all, there is no doubt that committing suicide is a sin. Genesis 9:6 tells us because we were made in God’s image, we shall not kill (including both homicide and suicide).
However, the Bible also states that there is no unforgivable sin (Matthew 12: 31,32), other than the sin of unbelief when the Holy Spirit tries to convict us (John 16:8-10) to accept Christ, which is the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12).
To answer the question of whether a person can commit suicide and be saved, we have to look at the fates of those who don’t know God (Case 1) and for those who know God (Case 2 for non-Christians and Case 3 for Christians) .
1) For those who commit suicide without knowing God, they are lost eternally.
2) As we mentioned earlier, there is no unforgivable sin other than that of unbelief. Thus if a person does know God (but has not accepted Christ) and truly confess his or her sin, repent and accept the Lord with faith then he or she shall be saved (Romans 10:9,10). The interesting thing about suicide is that (unlike a homicide) it does not give one much time to confess sin and one has absolutely no chance to repent (which means to turn back in Hebrew). This case is like that of Judas, who committed suicide after betraying Christ. How do we know that Judas was not saved? Jesus said, “Have I not chosen you twelve and one of you a devil?” (John 6:70).
3) What if a Christian decides to commit suicide? Christians are also required to confess and repent from our sins after accepting Christ (1 John 1:9). As in Case 2 above, suicide does not give one sufficient time to confess nor repent. Moreover, the Bible teaches that Christians should have hope (Acts 24:15; Romans 5:2-5, 8:24; 2 Corinthians 1:10) and purpose in life (Luke 9:23-25; Romans 8:28; Colossians 1:29). Committing suicide and by taking things into one’s own hand is ultimately the evidence of a heart that rejects Christ’s Lordship, rather than submitting to Him.
What if one has cancer or terminal disease and wants to end one's life. We feel that for those who are terminally ill, there is even a stronger need to invest in eternal security, instead of taking things into one's own hand and be separated from God forever.
Of course, it is God’s prerogative to save whoever He wants to save (Romans 9:15). What we have given here is the Biblical view on suicide and salvation. One thing is for sure. One should not bank on God’s mercy and count on His forgiveness in committing suicide. This is not what a true believer would do and one should examine his or her faith carefully (2 Corinthians 13:5).Back to Painless Suicide Page
Important: People who are suicidal may have serious depression and / or chemical imbalance that need immediate professional attention. Please contact your physician as well as other professionals listed below immediately.
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
P.O. Box 927
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
American Association of Suicidology
2459 South Ash Street
Denver, Colorado 80222
National Committee of Youth Suicide Prevention
666 Fifth Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, New York 10103
National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
P.O. Box 753
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We hope this page will start people thinking about their eternal life, instead of ending their current life.