My friends often try to tell me not to kill myself because I won’t go to heaven. I ask them where is the proof? They either say “you shall not murder” or they say you can’t repent after you kill yourself. I say there are tons of people who die with sins, known and unknown, that they did not get to repent for when they died (ie drunk driving crashes, being murdered, dying in sleep, etc), so do they automatically go to hell too? No answer. There are several people who committed suicide in the Bible.
Saul’s Armbearer (1 Samuel 31:5)
Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23)
Zimri (1 Kings 16:18)
Judas (Matthew 27;3-5)
Samson (indirectly committed suicide)
The Bible did not say that any of these people went to hell. The Bible does not directly answer this question….if the Bible said suicide would still mean going to heaven, this world would have been depleted of humans a long time ago.
From what I have read and understand,Â Murder and suicide are not unpardonable sins. The only unforgivable sins are rejecting Christ(Mark 16:16)Â and blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
However, God’s grace does not automatically mean we are free to sin as much and as wildly as we want. People always tell me that God wants more for me and my life and not to give up.
So what’s the true answer on suicide and heaven? Does anyone know? How do I stay strong in an environment of hate and despair? How can I keep “faith” when the people around me who I love tell me they hate me and they don’t care if I live or die?