What the Bible says about Suicide
Suicide -the wrong choice for the next generation
And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. Judges 16:30
The taking of one’s life is as old as biblical times, from Judas, betraying the savior, to King Saul seeing no hope in sight. Each one of these suicides were from wrong choices made years earlier.
One would think that we as a nation, knowing all the mistakes made in the past, would get it right. The statistics say we still have not learned. For example, in the U.S. alone:
- Over 45,000 suicides take place every year. Most coroners, unless there is a note left behind, will not issue suicide as a cause of death. That means suicides are much higher than thought. Some suggest over 100,000 per year. One report reveals only 37% of those who take their lives leave a note.
- For every suicide that takes place, 25 are attempted, but many are not reported.
- Over 1,000,000 people will attempt to commit suicide this year
- Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides.
- Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
- Suicides cost the U S over $50 billion per year.
- World estimates are over 800,000 people commit suicide each year.
Some of the warning signs involve:
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Experiencing unbearable pain
- Having no reason to live
- Killing themselves
Other signs may include:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
- Acting recklessly
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
What does the Bible say about suicide?
Though the Bible does not say anything about what causes suicides, we can look at examples of those who have committed the act.
The first two suicides in the Bible took place in the book of Judges: Abimelech and Samson. Abimelech was the son of Gideon who killed all his siblings to become a self-proclaimed king of Israel (Judges 9). In that day, it was a shame to have a woman to kill you. The Bible records that a certain woman struck him in the head with a piece of millstone. As he lay dying, he asked a swordsman to kill him, so it would not be said a woman killed him. That suicide was because of pride.
Samson was a judge of Israel (Judges 13-16) who used the gifts God gave him for himself. When he broke his Nazarite vow of having his hair cut, he fell into the hands of his enemies. As a result, Samson had his eyes blinded. As he knew his life was coming to an end, he repented and asked God to give him strength one more time. Even then it was to avenge the Philistines for what they did to his eyes.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:3-5
In Judas’s case, he thought he was going to be a part of Jesus and establishing a new kingdom on earth. When he realized that was not going to happen, he sold out Jesus. Even though he repented, he could not live with the guilt.
My wife Tracy was ten years old when her mother was struggling with depression. Between the prescription drugs and the possibility of her husband being unfaithful, it was too much for her to handle. Sadly, she died by carbon-monoxide poisoning (car fumes in garage). She left a note admitting to doing it. Her cause of death was listed as a suicide. Tracy felt rejected, because she didn’t feel she was enough reason for her mother to continue live on. Growing up in her teen years, when a young lady needs her mother at times, she was not there.
Years had passed and Tracy was married and had a daughter. Many expectant mothers want their mom with them when they have their first child, but she was not to be found. Her husband was abusive. She felt fear for herself and her daughter. She tried getting him help, but he refused and she had to leave. Months later, her husband took his life the same way as her mother- carbon-monoxide poisoning. He did not leave a note; therefore, his death was not listed as a suicide. Tracy felt anger, because he had a wife and daughter he left to themselves.
Years later, Tracy’s sister committed suicide. Her death was caused by an over dose of pills. She did not leave a note, again- it was not ruled a suicide. Many people, including myself, wondered how Tracy got through it. By her own account, what she felt by those who gave up, she was not going to let others feel the pain she went through. Tracy’s ultimate reason for living was her personal relationship with her savior Jesus Christ.
People commit suicide mainly because of having nothing to live for. They see their life with no purpose, no vision, and therefore no hope. God’s word tells us that:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
A vision is a revelation. In other words, people need to find out what purpose they have. Our culture today, teaches there is no God, no purpose except what you make it to be. That is the biggest lie in history. Sadly, our educational world spews their poison regardless of the harm it causes. This is why suicide rates are the highest in our culture.
You may be reading this and you have never answered the most important question in your life and that is …
How does one get to heaven?
First, realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that, “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind). He lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 – 13