What does the Bible say about suicide? Well, the truth is that the answer is fairly simple. The Scriptures tell us that we are never to murder anyone. In fact, one of the Ten Commandments says this: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). That includes everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult and it even includes yourself. Suicide is self-murder, and killing yourself is evil in the eyes of God. Unfortunately, suicide is rampant both in the United States and around the world. According to Wikipedia, in 2005 suicides in the United States outnumbered homicides by nearly 2 to 1. That means there were approximately twice as many suicides as there were murders. That is staggering. But the United States is not alone. Wikipedia also reports that worldwide suicide rates have increased 60 percent over the last 50 years. Something is terribly, terribly wrong. The truth is that the world is increasingly rejecting God’s Word, and when that happens the results are not going to be good.
You see, God places a very high value on all life. In fact, in the Law of Moses the penalty was death for even accidentally killing an unborn child. In Exodus 21:22-25 we read this…..
If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
God holds us accountable for the loss of human life – whether that life is unborn or “too old” or anywhere in between. He does not approve of the murder of any life. That includes self-murder.
In the Scriptures we see some of the wickedest men committing suicide. For example, Judas Iscariot killed himself after he betrayed Jesus as we read in Matthew 27:5…..
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
Suicide is murder and it is a very serious sin. In Revelation 21:8, we read about the final destiny of murderers who never repent and give their lives to Jesus Christ…..
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
But are there people out there who are incredibly depressed and who feel that life is no longer worth living?
But they are wrong.
Life is worth living. In John 10:10, Jesus said that He came in order that we “may have life, and have it to the full.”
Having a relationship with God and living for Him will give a person more meaning and purpose to life than they could have ever imagined that they could have. When you become a Christian, God can replace your pain and depression with joy and passion. If you let Him, He will take away your loneliness and fill you up with love.
Once you end your life there is no coming back. Your life is over.
But if you are considering suicide, the great news is that there is hope for you.
Perhaps that is even why you have stumbled across this article – to find that hope.
The truth is that the God of the universe is real and He loves you.
In fact, He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins.
If you will ask His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into your life, He will forgive your sins and will give you eternal life.
Talk about the ultimate happy ending.
To learn more about how you can ask Jesus Christ into your life right now, we encourage you to read our article entitled “What Does The Bible Say About Salvation?“