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Suicide

What does God think about Suicide?Suicide is a serious issue and impacts many people. While the loss of a loved one to suicide is hard to handle, there are often thoughts and concerns of what happens to the person as a result of taking his or her own life. Scripture documents several suicides and potential suicides (Judges 9:54, Judges 16:26-31, 1 Samuel 31:4-6, 2 Samuel 17:32, 1 Kings 16:18, Matthew 27:5). One of the more notable suicides was Judas who, after experiencing great guilt over betraying Jesus, went out and hung himself.Someone who is considering suicide has his or her mind set on the past and only sees that past. This past may be full of hurt, heartache, and pain and when faced with that pain, they often feel the only way out is to take their own life. We see this in the account with Paul and the jailer. The jailer sought to take his own life because he thought he had failed at his job. Paul persuades him otherwise and then has an opportunity to share the gospel with him (Acts 16:28).Suicide is murder, which the Bible calls sin (Exodus 20:13, Luke 18:20). It is possible for a Christian to consider suicide as an option if he or she is experiencing an immense amount of heartache and pain. However, suicide is never the right answer, even though it may seem that way to the person who is hurting. God desires for this hurting person to know that He has a purpose for his/her life (Jeremiah 29:11). Jesus came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10). 

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