Can A Christian Commit Suicide (Self Murder) and Still go to Heaven or Paradise?
Can A Christian Commit Suicide (Self Murder) and Still go to Heaven or Paradise? Of course! There are rare instances when a Born Again Christian commits suicide and I can understand some of these scenarios. Before I get to those let me first state that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Suicide in most cases is a coward's way out. In most instances suicide is the most selfish act a person could perpetrate. In most scenarios suicide is committed after a person's vile and wicked sins are discovered and they murder themselves because of; shame, fear of prison, and fear of punishment.
Now to the cases of suicide that I can understand and find absolutely no fault with:
A person is on the roof of a burning building and there is no chance to escape. Faced with the choice of being burned alive or jumping to one's death I can fully understand their choice to jump. They are going to die either way, one is just quicker and less painful than the other.
A person is driving on a lonely highway at night and they fall asleep and crash their vehicle. Their legs are hopelessly pinned under the crushed dashboard and their car is engulfed in flames. They will be burned alive in a few seconds so they grab their C.C.W. and shoot themselves in the head before the fire reaches them. They are going to die either way, one is just quicker and less painful than the other.
Five soldiers in a special forces fireteam are behind enemy lines when they are ambushed. Four members of the squad are killed and one man is left alive. The last soldier fights valiantly until he only has a few bullets left. The fanatical enemy has him surrounded and in a few moments they will overrun his position.
These Islamic terrorists are known for torturing and then beheading their captives with a dull and rusty knife while being videotaped. This brave soldier knows a gruesome and painful death awaits him so he shoots himself in the head with his last bullet. He was going to die either way, one is just quicker and less painful than the other.
A little girl has been molested/raped by a family member for many years. This poor child doesn't know what to do and in a moment of despair she kills herself. Can any person actually find fault with the actions of this precious little girl who was brutalized by those who were supposed to love and cherish her?
There are many more cases of suicide similar to these that I do not condemn. Again, in most cases suicide is the height of cowardice, but sometimes it is the most logical course of action in a deadly quandary.
Samson committed suicide and yet he is listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 32: "And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets."
Are any of you going to go against scripture and claim that Samson wasn't a believer? Well, Samson committed suicide among many other sins and God still granted his prayer right before he murdered himself.
"Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!' And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life."
One of the main reasons people believe that believers go to hell who commit suicide is that is what the false Catholic Church teaches. The heretical Catholic Church teaches that suicide is a "Mortal Sin" and if a Catholic commits a Mortal Sin they will go to hell according to the Catechism.
"The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, "eternal fire." The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs."
Catechism 1035 of the Catholic Church
The last place any true Christian should seek scriptural advice is from the false Catholic Church. So many naive people actually believe Catholicism is just another "Christian denomination." Many blinded evangelical Christian leaders actually teach this lie. If a pastor doesn't have enough intestinal fortitude and/or biblical knowledge to call the Catholic Church false I would have nothing to do with them. This life is tough. There are many devastating things that we as believers must endure. Jesus is our all-in-all and we should never let temporary situations of grief and despair get the best of us. Jesus will give us the grace to endure whatever affliction or disability that is tormenting us.
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."
1 Corinthians 10:13
There are several instances in scripture when a believer thought about committing suicide. There is a big difference between thinking about something and actually doing it. Nonetheless, these cases are significant to this discussion.
"That it would please God to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!"
"I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath."
"I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life."
"My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint,
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul."
"Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!"
"But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
1 Kings 19:4
"If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”"
"Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!”
"And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
"Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me! Let the man be cursed
Who brought news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad. And let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew, and did not relent; Let him hear the cry in the morning And the shouting at noon, Because he did not kill me from the womb, That my mother might have been my grave, And her womb always enlarged with me. Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, That my days should be consumed with shame?"
The Great Apostle Paul and His Colleagues
"For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life."
2 Corinthians 1:8.
What About Judas?
"Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself."
Judas Iscariot committed suicide but he was not a believer (Was Judas Saved?) so his actions have no bearing on this case. Judas is in Hell being tormented at this very moment.
"The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said,"