November 24, 2008

Q and A 2.0 Revisited: #14--Suicide


Will people who commit suicide go to heaven if they are Christians?


This is another one of those questions that go beyond being intellectual. It's also an emotional question. Most of us know someone who either took their own life, or have been affected by a love one taking there own life. But, this one is not as hard as people make it out to be.

Matthew 12:31-32—“And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven of men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

This is the context of the verse: Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees. They are on the brink of making a decision that will bring irreversible consequences. They have just accused Jesus, the Son of God, of working by Satan’s power to cast out demons instead of by God’s Holy Spirit. They are in the process of and will ultimately reject Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah.

There is no sin that can be committed in this lifetime that cannot be forgiven by what Christ did on the cross. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is the ultimate rejection of God’s plan for salvation by a refusal to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. But, while you’ve still got breath in your body, this is still a possibility.

But isn’t that person playing God when they take their own life? Of course they are. But, all sin is playing God. It’s saying that your plan is better than God’s plan.

But they’re taking their own life and dying with that sin in their life? Chances are that all of us will die with sin in our life. And, all sin is equal in the sense that it leads to spiritual and physical death. If dying with sin in your life keeps you out of heaven, then we’re all in trouble.

The only thing that matters is a person’s salvation in Jesus Christ. Nothing can take that away: no sin, no matter how great or unpleasant. There is nothing in the Bible that indicates someone cannot receive eternal salvation if they choose to take their own life.

Next, we’ll look at how God feels about being cremated after you're dead. Check out all of the Q and A series here.

1 comment:

Michael said...

"But isn’t that person playing God when they take their own life? Of course they are. But, all sin is playing God. It’s saying that your plan is better than God’s plan."


Is your audience mainly kids or adults? Either way, this statement is simple but I think says everything. I read an author the other day who described sin as the desire for control. This idea has made more sense to me then reducing sin to just "pride" or "lust." In my own extremely vast experience with sin, I think it all boils down to me wanting to be in charge...which leads to pride or lust or "what-not." I think you hit the nail on the head.