Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV) Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As we see in the above passage of Scripture, Jesus was tempted in all points including suicide. Even though He never gave into the temptation, He understands the pain and agony that would lead one to committing suicide and is able to sympathize with them.
Even though God’s grace covers our sins, does this give us an excuse to sin? As it says in Romans 6:1-2, “God Forbid!”
Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV) 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Even though the events or the condition of one’s mind that lead up to one taking their own life by self-murder can be excruciating, God forbid that anyone would give into the temptation of killing themselves. When one commits suicide, they are simply passing their pain onto their loved ones, who now have to deal with the aftermath of what they have done.
Suicide is sin and what you are saying is, “I’ve had enough of this pain and turmoil and I just can’t take it anymore.” You are making a conscious choice to sin by taking your own life. And yes, it is a choice.
Even though the possibility of one going to heaven after committing suicide exists, it’s a big gamble with your life; and is like playing Russian roulette. Only God knows the true state of a person’s heart and is the ultimate judge Who will make the final determination. As stated earlier in this study, “There are no Scriptures that address the issue in a clear cut way that would make this an easy study with a concrete answer.”
The Bible does day that some will be saved so as by fire with all of their works being burned up. I’m not sure what that looks like in eternity, but I’m quite sure I don’t want to find out. I’m afraid the person who commits suicide will find out what that really means with their last act before death being an act that was not borne out of a heart of faith, but rather unbelief in a God who delights in deliverance.
1 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NKJV) Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
Personally, I find verse 17 in the reference above very troubling when it comes to suicide. With suicide one is definitely destroying the temple of God where the Holy Spirit resides.
My conclusion in this whole matter is that the person who commits suicide is in the hands of God, whose mercy always triumphs over judgment.