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Does the Bible forbid suicide?

Full Question

My Protestant friend’s wife has attempted suicide twice, and he has come to support her decision to end her life. He says that there is nothing in the Bible that forbids suicide. They have both challenged me to prove otherwise. Help me convince them scripturally that suicide is a sin.

Answer

Let’s start with Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17—”You shall not kill.” There are numerous other Scripture passages that condemn killing, such as Genesis 9:5—”For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning: of every beast I will require it and of man”—or Ezekiel 23:7—”Keep far from false charge, and do not slay the innocent and the righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.”

In the New Testament, Christ takes this command even further when he says, “You have heard it said to men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.”

But perhaps your friends are not convinced that these passages apply to taking one’s own life. If that is the case, ask them to consider Matthew 22:39, where Christ says that you must love your neighbor as yourself. If loving yourself means that you could kill yourself, then it would follow that you could do the same to your neighbor, and clearly that is condemned.

Instead of encouraging his wife in her desires for suicide, your friend must encourage his wife to live and convince her that he wants her to live and needs her to live. To do otherwise could have eternal consequences on them both.










5 comments

  1. K Brooks Reply

    I have thought about taking my own life many times, but the Apostle Paul states that,”It is better by far (to be in the presence of God), but for your sake (other believers), I stay.” Forgive my paraphrasing. I also am aware that children, no matter their age, are never OK when a parent kills themselves. For them, I stay, because I love them. Although the thought is with me, I will never act upon it.

  2. calibamabum Reply

    Please also explain that many suicidal people are mentally ill (like me) and the Catechism states that people are responsible for what they know… so while the husband would be sinning by allowing or “encouraging” his wife’s suicide, the wife herself is very sick and there is hope for her soul to go to Heaven by God’s grace because of her state of mind.

  3. Marie Reply

    when a person commits suicide , they are not of sound mind. If they were they would not do it. Some times pain gets over whelming, they are not thinking straight. The church say you have to be of sound mind to commit a sin. Murder is a sin.

  4. rosemariemorganRose Morgan Reply

    The greatest Gift God has given each and every one of us, is our life. to kill yourself, is a rejection of that Gift. We should always pray for the souls of those who have committed suicide, because as has been said, their sickness has caused them to despair (a sin against the Holy spirit, which is a very grave sin) and take their own life to escape their pain. We can only Hope and pray for Gods mercy. He Loved us enough to send his only son to suffer and die on the Cross for us, A love that has no limits we Hope and pray will redeem a child who dies even in sin, if that child will but accept the forgiveness freely offered and accept Jesus Christ as Lord

  5. Marilou Reply

    Why are you on earth? :To know God ;ToLove God and to serve God so you could be with Him forever… If you end of your life; the very reason of your existence is cut it short and the mission that has given to you was denied and saying No to God;but if you are sick mentally there is no full intention for you to end and we don’t know the Mercy of God given to each person; Mortal sin has 3. Requirement1)Full knowledge 2 Full consent 3Gravity of sin(10 commandments are gravious sin.)

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