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Can Someone Who Commits Suicide Go to Heaven?

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Question: Can a person who commits suicide still go to heaven?

Answer: I would have to say the answer to that is, it depends.

I’m always a little afraid to answer this question, because I wonder if the person asking it is looking for permission to kill themselves. That is NOT the take-away on this issue. Let’s deal with a couple of issues that always come up.

Is suicide a sin? Yes, it is. Some argue using the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder” [Ex. 20:13]. Others argue or add that God is the one who gives life, and only he has the authority to take it away.

Is suicide the unpardonable sin? No, it’s not. The only unpardonable sin is that of utterly and finally rejecting God’s gift of salvation, found in Jesus Christ.

Which brings us to this question – can someone who commits suicide go to heaven? Yes, they can and will, if they have accepted God’s gift of salvation. Here’s what Jesus tells us in the Bible:

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned (John 5:24).

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life (John 6:47).

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day (John 6:39).

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 49:16, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;…” Think of it as a tattoo, or perhaps as the scars from the nails in his hands. No matter what you do, you cannot take yourself out of his hands! That’s how secure your salvation is.

Which brings me to the other side of the “it depends.” Of course, if you have not ever accepted God’s gift of salvation, the work that Jesus did on the cross, then this assurance does not apply to you. If you commit suicide you will have in effect committed the unpardonable sin, because once you die it will be too late to change your mind. Please consider talking to someone right away to find out how you can become part of God’s family. If you do not have someone in your town you can talk to, call our office and ask someone to help you.

So, what is the takeaway? God is bigger than your problems. He has promised:

No temptation [or trial] has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. [1 Corinthians 10:13]

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. [1 Pet. 1:6-7]

We all go through bad times, even some really, really bad times. But God has absolutely promised that he will carry us through the hard times and bring us out the other side even better. The verses above were written to people who were facing some really terrible stuff. Just read what happened to some of the people listed in Hebrews 11, and you’ll know that their life was certainly not a cakewalk. But God asked them to trust him.

Why not trust him yourself? Don’t make an irreversible decision. Think about your family. Think about other solutions. Talk to someone. Get help. And remember that God has also promised that “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matt. 28:20]

In crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. This page is not monitored 24/7 and is not intended for crisis intervention.

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Lesly
Lesly
I tried killing myself at 11 years old. I went to the bathroom and attempted to hang myself. As I was putting the rope around my very sturdy shower bar, I knew I was going to end it there, but something strange happened. I had a hard day, was traumatized as a child, cried myself to sleep every night, I wished I was living a different life, and I wondered why god was putting me through this. I couldn’t take anymore. But as I put the rope around my neck and was ready to let the chair go to die,… Read more »
Ruth
Ruth

Hey, im happy to hear that you have set it strong in your head that suicide is not for you. God has delivered you from suicide when you were 11. I believe that He definitely has a greater plan for you! Continue to read His word and pray. God will certainly respond to your cry as you draw near to Him. I hope that you will continue to be strong and remember that Jesus loves you. A lot. 🙂

Jim
Jim
I’m 54, my 34 yo son was a drug addict for years.In the last 5 years of me trying to help him, he has robbed me blind & caused us to go homless. He went into a rehab for the 4th or 5th time in the last couple of years and just got out and now is living in a boarding house because he doesn’t want to live in the streets for a while until we can get back on our feet. I’m on disability & can’t work anymore . So I can’t afford a place to live right now.… Read more »
Andy
Andy

I want to leave so badly most days (depression). Waking up every morning feels like another day in hell. But so for long as my Golden Retriever lives, I refuse to abandon her. She is a gift from God.

Constance
Constance

well my grandfather is a pastor and he always told me that it was wrong but ever since I was 13 I wanted to go I have four children now I am 29 and life has gotten even worse tired of struggling tired of helping tired of prank no backbone no support system and I love God and I know he loves me but I’m ready to go just don’t want my kids left with people who won’t love them like I do

Awilda Gonzalez
Awilda Gonzalez

A dear friend of mine is devastated of the loss of a 22 year old male that took his life. My friend Tom is new in the Lord and has question on FB if his nephew is in Hades. I am lost for words don’t know if this young man ever accepted Jesus. Please pray for my friend Tom.

Roxy
Roxy
I myself have been suicidal all of my life. Several failed attempts. I’m 48 devout Christian and I do fear of going to hell. That is the only thing that has kept me here. The battle is real. I have four grown successful children and a good husband. My life looks great from the outside. I hate life. I always have. I think about killing myself on a regular basis. When I talked to my pastor and asked him if I would go to hell his reply was ” I don’t know but do you want to take that chance… Read more »
Ivan
Ivan
Please don’t kill yourself, it might seem like the only way out. I’m only 14 and fantasise about dying all the time, and I can completely relate to you because the only reason I’m still here is god. I can offer some tips to stop you from killing yourself, when I feel as though death is calling me I think about my mum finding my dead body and the look on her face, it stops me every time. You just need to stop and think about the impacts on the people around you and focus on the good things in… Read more »
Awilda Gonzalez
Awilda Gonzalez
Hey Roxy, Peace be with you. I think you are here for a purpose God wants to use you, someone out there could be experiencing the same or worst feelings than you. But I believe if you ask the holy Spirit to filled you of his joy, you would be an awesome testimony to the world. Give it a try your life will never be the same. Also speak out loud and rebuke the demon of death in Jesus name. Repent ask God for forgiveness and close the door to suicide in Jesus name. May the Lord open your eyes… Read more »
Dr. Dillon Burroughs
Dillon

Thank you to all who have submitted comments. This is a very important subject, and we want to be clear we NEVER believe suicide is the answer. We further believe at the John Ankerberg Show that every person who truly has faith in Christ will spend eternity in heaven regardless of how his or her life ends.

Tanya
Tanya

I need someone to talk to

Dez
Dez

Are you okay?

Dylan
Dylan

We’re here for you. I wanted to commit suicide a couple days ago too… But it hit me how much of a waste it would be. I’m still fighting through my struggles. If you need anything, we’re here.

Robin
Robin

How do I talk to someone on here? The past two days I have actually tried to not wake back up. I don’t have anyone to talk to but my depression has gotten worse than ever before.

Nathan
Nathan
Hi Robin 🙂. My name is Nathan, I am 33 and was thinking about suicide tonight as well when I stumbled upon this page and eventually to your post. I won’t tell you too “think about your life” or “think about your lost life being used by God” because I know that is the furthest thing from your mind today. I understand that you hurt so badly and probably have for a very long time (we don’t get to this point overnight right?) I know that your thinking about the moment of suicide and the “release” of your burdens at… Read more »
Micki Yates
Micki Yates

seek jesus he has a purpose for you on this earth , you have to put your trust in him , ask for him to show you your not here for no reason ,, noone is here by chance. but GOD loved us enough to give us a free will , we get to chose what we want to do HE did not make robots, but if we live our lives according to his instructions, then we will find our purpose of why we were born ,,, prayers for you ,

Chasity Griffis
Chasity Griffis

Yeh well I have been asking to be delivered from opiates and I’m in withdrawal so bad for over three weeks with no relief. I can’t handle the pain. I never feel better. My body is riduled with pain and persistent anxiety. I’m to the point I want to die because I am in constant pain that never stops so I want to know why won’t he deliver me I have prayed begging and nothing ever happens. I can’t deal with the pain anymore

Adam Miller
Adam Miller

Try kratom. Its an herb that subsides wd and doesnt make u high. It works off opiate receptors so it takes care of the wd. Several groups on facebook. Look it up. It will help.

Adam
Adam

It has helped a lot of people.

Nathan
Nathan
I am in the exact same situation you are in! I have a back that is broken in three places and never healed right. I’ve been on opiate pain medication for five years, but was taken off of them in January. I’ve gone through the withdrawals and they are a true hell, but I got through it and now I can think clearly again. But yes just like you I am in constant pain still and I am suffering daily. I also think about suicide a lot because the pain is unbearable so I understand what you’re going through and… Read more »
Anetta
Anetta
I was addicted to benzodiazepines, when decided to go off of them went through hell on Earth withdrawal. I lost all hope from the pain and insomnia. Became severely suicidal, one night I was ready. then I realized that I want relief, but if I go to hell I wont get any. It stopped me and I had to face the withdrawal. It lasted months, but I made it through. It has been 9 years since, my life was superb, I never touched any substance again except for Tylenol from time to time. My child kept her mother, I watched… Read more »
Jane doe
Jane doe

I think about death all the time, that everyone would be better off without me, I have a 7 year old son and I love him so much I could never leave him without a mother but I never feel happy, ever. Nothing makes me happy and I wonder why, even my son can’t pull me out of it but I put on my makeup and carry on. It’s all I can do

Micki Yates
Micki Yates

seek jesus he has a purpose for you on this earth , you have to put your trust in him , ask for him to show you your not here for no reason ,, noone is here by chance. but GOD loved us enough to give us a free will , we get to chose what we want to do HE did not make robots, but if we live our lives according to his instructions, then we will find our purpose of why we were born ,,, prayers for you ,

GMiyata
GMiyata
Never let yourself believe that everyone would better off without you, that’s just not the case. Sometimes, especially if you persistently can’t feel good or connected to your surroundings it’s the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. Personally I don’t recommend antidepressants as psychiatrists lack any form of diagnostic testing to figure out what to prescribe, they only go by symptoms. Also, the meds have nasty side effects and tend to put other hormones out of balance. The first thing to help your body get back into balance is clean healthy eating, if that’s not enough there are amino… Read more »
Nathan
Nathan

I did not believe this until I did it myself. I was on stimulants, pain medication opiates, anti-exam benzodiazepines as well as nerve suppressant medication as well for the pain issues. All those medications and their side effects combined put me into a suicidal depressive state on a daily basis. When I began cutting those medications back and eventually started removing them permanently one by one the fog lifted emotionally and I started feeling myself again.

Nathan
Nathan
Depression is a chemical imbalance (temporal or chronic). It doesn’t matter if it’s your son or not, you don’t have those emotions to even give no matter who it is. Don’t feel guilty. If I didn’t have two arms I could not lift up my precious baby niece…I couldn’t feel guilty for something I don’t have to do it with…so please let go of the guilt of not feeling whole for your son. He is 7 right? So you have been there for him and gotten him to seven years old while daily battling life threatening depression…you are a freaking… Read more »
GMiyata
GMiyata

But are you now, since salvation, without sin?
And if not do you understand what lead up to those sins and understanding that do you understand that greater temptations can befall others in much the same way that the lesser temptations have overcome you?

If you say you are without sin you are supremely deceived. If you can admit to falling to one sin then you make the case for any sin possible to be present in a believer.

GMiyata
GMiyata

I would hope that the grace of God would extend to those who think normally as well and commit great sins.

Most sin is willful and intentional, it is simply a battle of greater desires within our limited beings.

GMiyata
GMiyata
And by the way, that quote that people say about not giving you more than you can handle has to do with temptation and in the context it seems to pertain to not necessarily every temptation that comes your way but temptation against conpletely falling away. Either way it has nothing to do with any theology so neat, tidy and airheaded as not getting more pain or suffering in life than you can handle, if that was the case then you wouldn’t turn to it rely on God for help. There’s a lot of bad fantasy theology that goes around… Read more »
GMiyata
GMiyata
I understand, and I can relate on a personal level. I also have a good friend who was a missionary who feels the same way, she is battling a chronic disease and struggles with suicidal urges. These thoughts and temptations can torment anyone. I wish I had more to say but I struggle daily and barely have enough faith for myself and sometimes I wonder if I even have that much. I know before my head got messed up and my thoughts were normal I wouldnt Have questioned my salvation for even a second but now it’s on my mind… Read more »
anon
anon
I never understood why people wanted to die but now I do and the urge is so bad.. It pops up at odd times , when I am stressed out or frustrated.. I don’t see the point of living, right now I am living for my family and loved ones.. Buh the thought occurs more nd I hv no body to talk to., it’s suffocating me and I don’t know what to do.. I stay in a place where even whispering about suicide is a taboo buh I need a form of release, I am soo tired and life just… Read more »
GMiyata
GMiyata
Antidepressants might help, but they also might make things worse. It really depend as one the type as different kinds block the uptake of different hormones while surprising others. I never did well on antidepressants at all, too many side effects, takes too long to work, and they use unnatural and potentially harmful effects on the body, however there are natural products you can buy on Amazon or anywhere that carries vitamins and supplements like vitaminshoppe. Anyway, the two to look for are 5-htp (increases serotonin) and l-tyrosine or pruriens mucuna (which increases dopamine). The anti depressants generally target one… Read more »
Nathan
Nathan

No one ever understands why someone would want to die until they are the person wanting to die…my friend.

Amy K
Amy K

So then we all sin, so we are all going to hell right? And just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we won’t sin anymore. You just sinned by saying most everything in your message. God forgives ALL sin, including suicide. Know the Bible before EVER talking about God EVER again. You are preaching falsely.

Amy K
Amy K

Don’t do that. Please. Talk to me. What state are you in?

Tiffer
Tiffer

My God Hates nothing and no sin is bigger than the other and we are all equal. It’s as simple as that God created All things on earth for a reason. But he is nothing like the cruel world we live in hate comes from sin. God does neither of them.

Danielle
Danielle

Please don’t! There is hope and healing in Jesus Christ!😊

char
char

the only reason i haven’t ended my life is bevause i fear hell. that my afterlife will b worse than the mortal life i have now. if i was 100% sure i was going to heaven i would’ve ended my life a year ago

Darlene Adamski

I hope you find peace. I pray that God stands by you and carries you through to a better time. God bless you.

Darlene Adamski

Don’t kill yourself over that. What state do you live in? If you’re ever admitted to the mental ward at a hospital more than 3x they have to allot you disability. Keep applying. Admit yourself to a hospital due to suicidal thoughts. If they keep denying you- you’ll just be allotted more “back pay”. Hate to say it but this is one of the reasons the suicidal rate is up these days. Ridiculous government. Hang in there. It’ll get better.

Patrick Christie
Patrick Christie

I dont know you but I’m extremely glad you didn’t kill your self. I hope you can find happiness man

Sue
Sue

The way i understand this is that Jesus conquered death, so if you believe in Him, you will be saved, irrespective of how you die.

Sujan
Sujan

Philip Lewis…. Remember that no one dies for the sake of lie… All the disciples of Jesus Christ became ready to die for the sake of Jesus Truthness and for the sake of his words. Does anyone gets ready For dying Just to hide the lie ??? They saw Jesus dying with their eyes and and being raised from dead too.

Sujan
Sujan

It means jesus was not raised from death but his disciples stole the dead body … am i right ????

Sujan
Sujan

I dnt know about the person who commits suicide goes to hell or heaven. But i am sure with this thing that when Jesus makes a judgement at the time of Judgement day. He will judge to suicide doers in the way that every one of us will be satisfied … from including the christians to the non christians…. i do believe so..

Peggy
Peggy
Thank you for the answer you gave about salvation and suicide. My son in law lived in horrible pain for 5 yrs. He was a Christian. He fought hard for his life. However due to so many serious health problems, depression and getting so much worse to the point he could not get out of bed. Could not eat because of gastroparesis, severe diabetes, etc. As well as financial problems because of his medical expenses he took all the medicines he had at one time and died. I understand his desperation. I am sure our Father does too.we look forward… Read more »
James
James

I hope you find strength and push through! Yes we go through very rough times, but there is always something to continue living for….I hope you find that reason to stay alive! You’re not alone, there is professional help available! I hope it works out for you!

Tabitha Sprecher
Tabitha Sprecher
I’ve newer been happy. I can’t even recall one time when I was. I’m 48 years old. I have no friends nor family. I’ve been hated and misused and abused. Since a child I’ve always had had bad dreams that always come to pass the morning I wake up. I’m sick and tired of everything. I can’t take it anymore. I want to die. I’ve tried so many times to commit suicide since I was 9 years old and never obviously unsuccessful. I want to try again.,but now I’m in fear of going to hell. Even though I’ve lived an… Read more »
Justin
Justin

I hope things work out for you. I know things may not have been good for you, but there is so much to life! 48 years isn’t your whole life, there is light at the end of every tunnel regardless the length of it. I really hope you talk to a professional, there’s always a way to make your life just a little bit better…

John
John

I feel the same but i cannot go to hell i i am afew years younger then you but need to see my son again and i know he is in heaven i need to be sure

Ellie Varner
Ellie Varner

Tabitha, have you tried to join a church and have the support of a church family? If not, please give it a try. Go every time they have a service, Why do you have friends?

Scott
Scott

Amen to that. I can’t find any words to add. Well done.

Scott
Scott

Nice job Chris.

Shelby
Shelby

To bad, cause Christ was a Jew. He is the only way to salvation.

Shelby
Shelby

So Stephannie, many people who kill them selves have a mental illness called depression. If you have never experienced clinical depression then you don’t understand just how horrible the disease is. Yes God forgives. Its an illness and many times people just dont understand. Its like having cancer and many many time s is not controlled. Does that mean if you have cancer and die you go to hell?

germaine
germaine

sooo if he did accept God’s gift of salvation, why still commit suicide?

Deb
Deb

I agree with the article, Gods gifts’s a irrevocable (unable to be retrated or reversed) And salvation is a GIFT. Romans 11:29, Eph 2:8

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