I have a question that bothers me for a longer time and I would like to ask you what you think about this: What happens to a Christian who commits suicide? Will he be saved? Why or why not? Thank you very much.
I have previously written the article “What does the Bible say about suicide? (7 cases)”. There I approached the suicide cases presented in the Bible and I made a personal examination of these cases.
My opinion is that the true Christian, who is a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ, knows that suffering is part of Christian life and being in pain and suffering of any kind, bodily or spiritual, will endure them with patience. At the same time, the saved man will always think how to glorify Christ through his life, but also through his death. Here’s what Apostle Paul wrote when he was facing death:
According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death. (Philippians 1:20)(NASB)
In the “Ecclesiastical History” of Eusebius of Caesarea, I remember that it is written about a great persecution in Alexandria and the author speaks about an old Christian woman, who was caught by the crowd and brought near a bonfire in the evening. They surrounded her and told her that if she rejected Christ she would be allowed to go home, and if not, she would be thrown alive into the fire. She looked quietly at them, turned to the large bonfire, rushed and threw herself into the flames that burned her completely. Someone would say today that she committed suicide, but witnesses of that event surely appreciated the burning love of this woman for Christ and they saw that she glorified Christ through her death.
One cause that usually leads people to committing suicide is depression, or loss of any hope. This condition is no way compatible with being a true Christian. A saved person has a hope that does not disappoint, no matter how the circumstances would change. The apostle Paul writes in this regard:
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)(NASB)
I do not know any passage in the Bible where true Christians have committed suicide.
What does the reader of this article think about the question that I was given?
Translated by Felicia Rotaru