Can you do me a favor? Don’t worry about my mental health as you read this.
One of the glaring debates was this: If you kill yourself, do you go to hell?
It’s an interesting question.
So, I did some research. I consulted the Bible because that’s the only book that matters on the subject. It doesn’t clearly say you will go to hell. Still, the Bible isn’t exact on a lot of topics and you have to use interpretation to figure it out.
Anyway, I looked on the web to see both sides of the debate. I’m going to share them both with you.
This side says we’re going to heaven if Christians commit suicide:
Yes, suicide raises many spiritual and psychological questions, but one thing is certain:
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We obtain heaven only by our belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior. And we go to hell only by our rejection of Jesus Christ as our Savior (Hebrews 6:4-6).
Here, we see that accepting Jesus is the ticket into heaven. It would appear that nothing can cancel this, not even taking our own life.
Here is the side where people think you will go to hell. Please note that this article ultimately says you go to heaven, but dived into the other side of the argument:
Some Christians have objected to this paper and cite 1 Corinthians 3:16-17as evidence that those who commit suicide will be excluded from heaven:
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
Both sides have a credible argument. The answer to our question lies within the answer to another question: How do you get into heaven…and, how can you cancel that promise?
Before I started my research, I felt like heaven was the destination if I were to kill myself. Looking at these two sides, I still lean on heaven as a result. However, I needed to find something that showed that nothing would force God to say, “No, you can’t come in” besides not believing.
I’ve always thought that a trip to heaven was permanent. Nothing you could do…nothing anybody could do, could kill that gift that God gave. We have to find out if suicide is the one thing that can separate us from God.
But, that’s the thing. There is a passage in the Bible that says exactly what I thought: Nothing can separate us from Jesus. Romans 8:38-39.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I would think suicide falls under this category.
Suicide will not take you out of heaven. But, I talked about a rewards system in heaven. It’s possible that suicide will ruin that for you.
Suicide doesn’t take away heaven from you because it can’t. But, once you get into heaven, suicide could factor in on the rewards you receive.
Suicide is tricky because, like any other sin, you can’t “disqualify” yourself from heaven. I quote disqualify because there is nothing we can do on our own to “qualify” for a trip to heaven. Since there is nothing we can do to get in, it seems to make sense nothing can take us out.
There is also the argument or belief that when you sin, you lose your salvation until you ask for forgiveness. So then, committing suicide means you don’t have a chance to repent and then you’d end up losing your salvation. But, looking at Ephesians 2:8-9 again, we see that there is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven.
Look, if we were to lose our salvation, this means we earned it back by repentance. But, that’s not possible. If we could earn it back, that means we could earn in in the first place, and Jesus wouldn’t have to die in the first place. Our salvation is out of our hands.
Jesus died for every sin that will be committed. Every sin. To me, this means I have been forgiven for such sins and my salvation covers all of that. Nothing I do can forfeit this. Like I said before, we can’t earn our salvation. It’s a gift that God gave to us that is a representation of His power.
Because it’s of His power, the question becomes, is there anything that can cancel God’s power? If nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus, then no thing can separate us from Jesus. His love drove Him to the cross. His love is what gives us salvation. So, again, nothing can separate us from His love, and that is big.
We can say that you will go to heaven if you kill yourself. So then, why is it wrong?
It’s a sin. As we know, we are not to commit murder. Suicide falls under that. Murder of yourself.
Another point is you end your life before God says it’s over. He had things planned for you, and you have now forfeited these things and the blessings to come, by killing yourself.
I remember a man at my church who hung himself quite some time ago. He was a fellow usher and even volunteered with me at the foodbank. He was a cheerful person; always cracking jokes. Seemed to always want to have a good time. Then he killed himself.
I’m pretty sure that’s not the first suicide I dealt with, but it was probably the first one where the person was a member of the church. A Christian (though nobody will ever know. Only God knows the heart).
Here was a Christian who killed himself. Would he go to hell? Sadly, from what I can tell, my church didn’t really address it. Shucks, in general, suicide isn’t a topic churches wanna talk about.
Now, what about non Christians? Well yeah, they go to hell. Why? It wasn’t suicide. It was because they didn’t believe in Jesus. That right there is a key point. The unsaved go to hell because they are unsaved. The way they died made no impact on where they were going, and I think this also applies to Christians.
I had a cousin that I met for the first time a few years ago. From what he said, and his lifestyle, it would appear he was not a Jesus fan. Again, only God knows the heart. He committed suicide by letting a train hit him.
The sad part about him, and this goes back to my point: It forfeits your future. In his case, he may have ended his life before reaching a point of salvation.
You can end up in the land of what if with people who kill themselves. Both on you and the victim. “I could’ve done something more”. You also have “He could’ve done more”.
Wasted potential is a shame and a big sadness over suicide.
God’s time for your life is meant for something. Don’t miss out on something important.
One of the things about the moments leading up to suicide is that people who generally kill themselves are at a place of no hope. Their life may have crashed quickly and they are feeling helpless. They are in a mental place where they are not thinking clearly.
People generally take suicide as a way to get out of their problem. They feel they can’t go on. It’s a voluntary act, but they aren’t really trying to take advantage of the idea they would go to heaven.
I can’t tell you everything is gonna be alright. If you’re struggling with suicide, and you are a Christian, I need you to keep reading.
Yes, you would go to heaven. But, in the grand scheme of things, you will lose things in the kingdom if you do. You’ll never know what life God has for you.
“God allowed this to happen”. Now I don’t know what you’re going through, and this is going to be the most cliché thing I tell you, but you have to keep pressing on.
I think the book of Job was designed for people struggling with suicide. Here’s a guy who lost everything for no reason other than a bet between God and the devil. Job’s wife even said he should just kill himself. But Job held on. He kept trusting God that things would get better, or at least that God would not abandon him.
It’s the same with you. You’re going through it right now. Heck, you probably put it in your calendar that today would be the day. But stop it. Just stop.
Don’t be a quitter. With the idea you go to heaven, it makes it all the more easy to throw in the towel.
But Paul tells us to run a race. You need to get up, and finish your race. Don’t quit now. God has something for you if you finish. Run the course He’s laid out for you. Again, I don’t know what you’re going through, but I do know that if you finish your race, it will be worth it.
Cross that finish line. This marathon isn’t over yet for you. Don’t you dare give up now. You have Jesus on your side so you have no choice but to finish. As long as you don’t quit, finishing is part of your destiny. By you quitting early on, you miss out on the prize.
You don’t want that. Just trust me on this. None of us want that.