Note that the subject of suicide has already been discussed (What does the Bible say about suicide?), though not this question.

Suicide is usually an act of despair by someone with depression. There are remedies for the root causes behind suicide. Taking ones own life causes enormous pain and damage to those left behind, as well as the loss of the person himself/herself. It is not a loving act of someone who cares for others, and for this reason alone is wrong. It is wrong to take someone else’s life, and wrong to take one’s own life. To persist with any wrong thing knowing that it is wrong and to rely on God’s assumed forgiveness is quite simply wrong. It is no different to armed bank robbery. What is God’s response likely to be to someone robs a bank using a gun expecting to receive forgiveness? Obviously the bank robber was not sincere in any imagined repentance.

It would be extremely foolish to commit suicide knowing it to be wrong and expecting God’s forgiveness.

The best advice I can give is to seek help.




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2 Responses to Will God forgive suicide?

  1. Kim says:

    Thanks for your answer.

    It did prompt me to make two observations:

    1) God will forgive a bank robber. Sometimes we plan to sin (like David with Bathsheba), and only later realise the foolishness of our thoughts. The Bible is full of examples of people being forgiven after doing stupid, planned acts.

    2) Sometimes the family of someone who has died at their own hand, is concerned about their loved one’s spiritual state. While no human being can speak on God’s behalf about specific sins and the forgiveness of them, we do know that God loves to show mercy and that he is not willing that anyone should perish. Praise God for his mercy and love.

    I am reminded that while we rejoice in God’s grace, we are aiming to live a life free from sin.

    “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2

    Evan in our darkest hour we can turn to God and leave our future in his hands.

  2. Zach says:

    I don’t mean this to be funny or anything. But you can’t say ‘I’m sorry’ if your already dead. If one kills themself then their life stops, so how could they pray and apologize, asking God to forgive them if they are not alive anymore?

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