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What the Bible Says About...Suicide

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Your life is a gift. However, most Christian teens have at one time or another contemplated ending their life by committing suicide. Christian or not, there are few that see suicide as anything less than a tragedy.

Our Body is a Temple?

God is pretty clear throughout the Bible that we are to take care of our bodies. In 1 Corinthians, we are urged to see our bodies as a temple of God, and it is clear that God will judge those that destroy that temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (NIV)

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple." (NIV)

Is Suicide Murder?

While we consider that our body is a temple, and we should care for it, God also tells us that we are not to murder. There is debate as to whether God says we are prevented only from murdering others, but many believe this verse also tells us that we are not to murder ourselves.

Deuteronomy 5:17 - "You shall not murder." (NIV)

Suicide = Hell?

Many Christian teens believe that if they commit suicide, then they will go to Hell for the act. However, the Bible never explicitly says that committing suicide will result in eternal damnation. While some Christian denominations believe that the person committing suicide will have to face consequences for the sin, many adhere to the only unforgivable sin being the one in which we reject Christ.

However, the other question is where the person's state of mind is when he or she commits the suicidal act. Did that person no longer have a relationship with Christ? Was it just a moment of giving into the enemy's words? It is hard to know.

Mark 16:16 - "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (NIV)

What About God?

If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, you know that life can seem worse than any Hell you may or may not face. Depression and anguish can be overwhelming, but know that those things do not come from God. While God allows us to suffer at times - look at Job who suffered quite a bit - He is always there for us to seek His comfort.

God does not mean for us to go it alone in this lifetime. While the debate continues about whether or not suicide means we go to Hell or if it is a sin, the point is that God wants to give us ways to live. We need to seek Him when we feel overwhelmingly lonely, depressed, or in pain.

God has also given us people who can help. Friends, family, pastors, therapists, suicide hotlines and more are all there for us to talk to. God put those people in those positions to be our guides and His voice when we have trouble hearing His voice. Keeping the pain and sadness inside only makes it worse, and it is not what God would want. Talking it out can be the first step in getting back to the life God wants for you. Prayer and talk are God's ways of taking us out of feeling hopeless and helpless.

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