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What does the Bible say about Suicide?
Not much. We know that Saul and his sons committed suicide by falling on their own swords. This is looked at in the Bible as a negative act. We also know that the Bible places a high value on life…so high a value that death is said to be the last enemy of the Lord to be defeated.
So how are Christians to think about suicide?
First, we must remember that Jesus came to give life. He also gave his life so that we would not face spiritual death. God created humanity for life. He breathed life into Adam and created from the man. God gives us life so we can share in the blessings of existence.
Second, suicide is actively bringing about physical death. Some Catholics have argued that those who are Christians and commit suicide lose their salvation. This does not seem to be supported with Scripture. But it does highlight that Christians are not to look favorably upon suicide as a way out of our problems in the here and now.
Third, death was introduced to the world in the garden by the devil. This makes death demonic at its very core. Because death is demonic and because Jesus came to give life, we as Christians have a responsibility to preserve life however we can.
Therefore, Christians are to help those who are contemplating suicide. Whenever we see someone thinking about ending his or her life, we have a responsibility to reach out and help the person.
This certainly means praying for the person, but requires that we do more than pray. We must actively help the person get medical help. We must be willing to sacrifice our time, our schedules, and our pleasures to ensure the safety of the one who is struggling to survive.
We must also remember that some struggles are the result of our minds not functioning properly. This is a result of the fall. Because our world is broken, we find that our minds are also sometimes broken. We must reserve judgment about those who have committed suicide. We cannot often know whether or not a person was in control of his or her cognitive faculties when the event occurred.
We can however, reach out and extend comfort to those who are affected anytime someone chooses to end his or her life. There are always people affected who are still around.
This week, think about how you can be a beacon of hope to those hurting around you. Pray and ask God to show you how you can be involved in a ministry that helps those struggling to hang on to life. Ask God to help you recognize the signs in anyone you know who may be thinking about suicide so that you can take the appropriate steps to help before it is too late.