Can a Christian Who Commits Suicide Go to Heaven?

The answer to the Catechism is: “The act of destroying a person’s life or suicide is called a mortal sin, and the person who does it voluntarily and consciously dies in a state of mortal sin and is deprived of Christ

A Christian who commits suicide can attain Heaven, but this is unlikely. Suicide is a grievous sin, and it cannot be repented of. Moreover, a sincere Christian will not commit suicide, because they know this is a sin. However, God’s grace may permit their ascension despite their mortal mistake.

Since Christians can still go to heaven with unconfessed sins, it is incorrect to say that Christians who commit suicide go to hell for unconfessed sins. Suicide is just another “sin” committed by Christians that cannot be repented of.

Since suicide is either not a sin at all, or is considered a sin so low as to be insignificant in God’s sight, or even not on God’s list of sins, then of course God would not justly send a Christian to hell for his sin.

The Issue with Automatic Condemnation

If we believe that suicidal Christians die hopelessly in heaven, then we must conclude that most (if not all) Christians also lose the promise of eternal life because they also do not repent of their particular sin before dying. This means that even a shocking suicide cannot stop a Christian from living eternal life in Jesus. A true Christian who commits suicide still goes to heaven because the person was saved in confessing Christ, and no sin can separate a Christian from the love of God, not even the sin of suicide.

Also, the act of suicide is not a sin at all, or at worst it is a sin that is more important to God than all the other sins a person commits (not even listed as a sin in the Bible) in Him in life. Life before suicide (listed as a sin in the Bible). If a person truly accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, thereby showing that he is the one redeemed, reconciled, forgiven, and justified by God by suicide, then the sin of suicide is covered by the blood of Jesus. Sin, if a true Christian commits suicide in spiritual attack and weakness, his sin is still covered by the blood of Christ.

Suicide Is Definitely a Sin

Suicide is a sin, the taking of physical life cannot take away a person’s eternal salvation. Suicide does not deprive us of salvation, because God said so. If we doubt so much that God is enough to get us through our present suffering that we consider suicide, then we, in one form, deny God and use God’s grace as permission to sin through suicide. However, we can know that suicide, as an act of pride and as an escape from God’s responsibility, is not representative of the life that belongs to God.

Suicide is unpleasant in God’s eyes, just as nothing we do as sinners can please God. Suicide is the last tragic sin a person commits against himself and against God. Suicide is unique in that the suicidal person cannot solve the problem of sin until the end of their earthly life. The unforgivable sin is no longer suicide, but a denial of the gift of salvation.

However, the unforgivable sin mentioned here has nothing to do with suicide, but with rejection of Jesus, not with whether suicide is unforgivable (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin, I wrote an article about it). , is about whether people who commit suicide really have the faith to save in the end. Second, we also want to be very clear that even though suicide is wrong, the Bible never says suicide is an unforgivable sin.

Furthermore, suicide does not “solve” problems in life, but creates many new problems for the many people affected by the death of a suicidal person. Second, although suicide is unacceptable, the Bible never mentions suicide as an unforgivable sin.

Suicide Is Not Explicitly Condemned – It Is Still Sinful

There is no explicit biblical prohibition condemning or prohibiting suicide, the Bible refers to people who die by suicide. Some other denominations of Christianity may not condemn those who commit suicide like sinners, even if suicide is not favored; it is believed that factors such as motivation, character, etc. are taken into account.

Protestants such as evangelicals, charismatics, Pentecostals, and other denominations often argue that suicide is suicide, so anyone sins as if one kills another. Usually when professed Christians commit suicide (I’m not saying they are Christians or not), many Christians who claim suicide are in heaven now.

If a believing sinner accepted the death of Jesus on the cross some time ago as payment for his sins, he is saved. The Bible views suicide as murder, which it is: suicide.

In each of his descriptions in the Bible, suicide is a sinful decision to end one’s life rather than suffer the consequences of one’s sinful actions. According to the theology of the Roman Catholic Church, suicide is objectively a sin against the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”. The catechism says that suicide is against both love for God and self-love, and against the basic human instinct to preserve life.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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