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What the Bible Says about Suicide

What the Bible Says about Suicide – Prayer Against Depression

By Betty Miller

“Do not be a fool–why die before your time?”  Ecclesiastes 7:17b

What the Bible says about Suicide
Pastor’s Bud & Betty Miller on Suicide

What does the Bible say about suicide?  How does God view it?  Do all those who kill themselves go to Hell? Almost everyone would agree that life is the most precious gift that human beings have been given. Just the chance to be alive on this earth and play a part in the grand scheme of God’s eternal plan is a privilege indeed. Yet, despite this, there are times when life becomes so difficult or unbearable that many have, at one time or another, wished they were dead or had never been born. For some, these feelings linger–and if they linger long enough, suicide seems to be the only escape. In fact, in the United States (and stats are similar in countries around the world) the suicide rate has tripled among teen and young adults in the past 40 years.

Very few would argue with the fact that suicide is a direct breaking of the Sixth Commandment which is, “You shall not murder.” We are not to murder each other or ourselves. God created human beings in His image and each of us carries within us the potential to overcome the evil in this world, and to rule and reign with Christ in heavenly places. If we are Christians, we no longer belong to ourselves, but to God. We are overseers of our bodies and our lives (which belong to Him), and we are responsible to guard that which has been entrusted to us.

How God Views Suicide

Suicide is a grievous sin that seriously hurts both the heart of God, and those who loved the deceased. The pain of losing a loved one who took their own life is not easily healed, and often isn’t fully healed until Heaven. Whether you are contemplating suicide or know someone who killed themselves, God wants you to know there is hope and life for you. He is the great Healer and Restorer of what has been lost or stolen.

Many of the greatest saints and heroes of the Bible faced overwhelming depression and sometimes wrote that they wished they had never even been born. King David, (Psalm 13:2-4), the prophet Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 20:14-18), and Job, (Job 7:15-16) among others, all reached low points where they despaired of their very lives. Job says, “So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity” (Job 7:15-16).

Yet, each one of these men were blessed of God, and persevered through their trials as an example to us. Though they faced great suffering and injustice, they kept their faith in God and His goodness, and in so doing, were sustained and led into abundant life.

Though we may get depressed from time to time, we believe that the act of suicide never takes place apart from demonic influences driving one to take their own life. Suicide is directly counter to the power of life that God has put so strongly into His creation. Everywhere we look we see life growing, even in the most hostile environments. This “survival instinct” is a gift from God. In fact, if He didn’t bestow this gift upon His creation there probably wouldn’t be any life on this planet at all! Suicide, then, is directly contrary to the will of God, and originated in the realm of the demonic host, who come only to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Though demons may try to tempt us to kill ourselves, as Christians we have power over the devil and he cannot push us to do this if we sincerely call on the name of the Lord!

We are all in a spiritual battle. The problem is, many of us are not aware of it, and do not know how to protect ourselves against attack.

Do all those who kill themselves go to Hell?

Some people believe that all who commit suicide go immediately to Hell. However, the Bible never says if this is the case. The Bible is silent on this issue. God probably did not address it in black and white for a good reason. If we knew that we would still go to Heaven if we killed ourselves, there would probably be a lot more suicides taking place than there already are. However, if we knew that all who killed themselves were automatically banished to Hell, no matter what their situation, it may be too much for the grief-stricken family and friends to bear. Murder and suicide are not unpardonable sins. The only unforgivable sins are rejecting Christ (Mark 16:16) and blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Mark 3:28-29 (KJV)

All other sins can be forgiven. However, anyone contemplating suicide may be in danger of going to Hell, as their relationship with the Lord is not intact at that point. Those who would consider suicide may have a severed relationship with Christ and therefore they would enter the real Hell–which is worse than the hellish feelings they are experiencing at the moment.

It is so important to remember that God judges each of us individually, weighing all the factors of our lives, our beliefs and our motives. Each one of us is so intricate and complex, only God could really judge us in total truth, wisdom, and without favoritism. The most important truth of all, is that each one of us will stand before His throne and give account of our lives. If we lived intimately with this sobering truth, much of the sin in the church and the world, would immediately be stopped.

If you are contemplating suicide and are relying on God’s grace to get you to heaven, PLEASE stop for a moment… God’s grace never means that we have a free license to sin! Those who willfully sin after knowing God’s grace, are in far greater danger than those who know less. Though you may feel that God is far from you right now, He is much nearer than you think. He may even be speaking to you through these words! Please open your ears and hear Him tell you how valuable your life is. You are needed on this earth and the purpose for your life has not yet been fulfilled. God loves you, and so do many people around you! God would not be God if He could not work this situation (no matter how unbearable it may seem) for His glory and for the good in your own life.

Depression is often anger, and a host of other emotions that have turned inward and become frozen. If you are carrying anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, frustration, jealousy, despair, worthlessness, hopelessness, fearfulness, vengeance and/or self-pity in your heart, you can turn these things over to God and begin to receive your healing right now, in faith. If you don’t know how to let them go, confess it to God and ask for His help in releasing it to Him. No one can overcome these things by themselves. We all need the power of God to set us free from sinful and hopeless ways of thinking. That is why the Bible tells us that we must be “transformed, by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2). The Holy Spirit is the only One who can help us break free and be healed of these deadly emotions.

Just as ailments in our physical body need to be treated with medicine to be healed, the same is true of our emotions. One powerful way to fight against depression, is to apply and confess God’s Word as a healing balm to the places where you have been wounded. For instance, if you have unforgiveness in your heart, begin to confess God’s verses for love and forgiveness, even if they don’t exactly feel true right at the moment. If you feel worthless, confess the Scriptures of God’s great love for you. A rote, mechanical repeating of words may not do much, but if you deliberately take these living words and hold on to them for dear life, you will have the enemy on the run. The devil simply cannot stand against the Word of God spoken in faith. God’s Words are like spiritual antibiotics, destroying every germ and unclean thing in their path.

In closing, we would like to pray with you here. We have written a prayer below, and we encourage you to not only read it, but to say it out loud!

Prayer To God

“Father, in the name of Jesus, I come before You, confessing my need for You, and crying out to you from the bottom of my heart. Lord, You’ve said that you are near to those whose hearts are breaking and that you give grace to the humble. I humble myself before you now…I cast down any pride or self-justification that I would hide behind, and I present myself to you as I truly am–weak and helpless and despairing of my very life. I know there is no other Rock but You, and I turn to You with all of my heart. Father, please forgive my sin! I open myself up to receive Your cleansing, Your healing, Your forgiveness, and Your faith, hope and love into my being. I receive your love as a river, washing over the dry wasteland of my emotions. I see that in Your river there is life, and that every place your river touches in me is revived. I cast all my cares, my sorrows, my disappointments into that river and I let the current of Your spirit carry them far away. I believe You, when You say that You think good thoughts about me, and that Your plans are to give me a future and a hope. I believe You when You say that You knew who I was even before my mother conceived me–and that You wanted me to be alive on the earth right now. Thank you for giving me life! Thank you for working all things in my life for good! Thank you that I can call on your Name and You will be near me. Thank you for bearing all my weaknesses and diseases on the cross, and healing me, spirit, soul and body.”

Command Against Satan

“Satan, I close every door that I have opened to you and I renounce every activity I have partaken with you. In Jesus name, I submit myself to God. I resist you and command you to flee from me, as it is written in James 4:7! I remind you that you are defeated by the power of the cross–and with the authority given to me by Jesus Christ I command you and force you to leave me right now!”

Prayer To God

“Father, I receive Your breath of Life into my mortal body now. I lift up my hands to You, to receive it; I fix my hopes on it and turn my life completely over to You. From this day forth I pray that you will give me the grace and wisdom to guard my heart diligently, to obey You and to resist every scheme of the enemy. I commit all I am to You and I have full faith that You are able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all I could ever ask or think. Lord, send me the help I need now. Show me the way.

I thank you for the love that you have lavished upon me and I pray that for the rest of my life, I will show that same love, mercy and forgiveness to all those around me. Amen!” 


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What the Bible Says about Suicide

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Angie

    All my life I’ve been told he is a loving God and yet so many suffering. I pray for others to feel his love and accept his guidance through the word. I’ve prayed for guidance and yet 7 years later I’m still in this anguish. This is not the life a loving god gives.

    1. Jeffrey

      None of us can judge Yahowah (God). You must try to remember Yah isn’t some doughy eye’d lover of all who walk the earth just because they’re human. There are people he hates and loathes, and those who turn away from him are ignored. Humanity as a whole, or the majority of it has been ignoring him for a couple thousand years now. We’ve let pastors, preachers, rabbis, Imams and even pagans take precedence over all. Yah has a covenant, and not the BS that was written by Paul. We must keep his laws, I don’t think he’s expecting perfection from any of us, but we have to try to keep the big ten, and his feast days and sabbaths. It’s really not much to ask when you consider what he is offering us in exchange. And in the process of seeking Him and trying to keep our end of the bargain we will change. At least it has been this way for me. I know everyone’s experience will be different but some of these lessons I’ve had to learn involved me taking a rather long hard look at myself. It’s not easy either. It’s simple in principal, but not easy. He does test and try us as gold and silver are tried. And if you’re trying to pay attention, trying to be observant you’ll be thankful after you make is through some of those trials because you’ll eventually understand why the took so long and why they were so important. How else can he tell if we’re serious about Him? Christianity, via Paul/Saul, gives us “faith”. Faith says, Just believe…. you don’t have to understand squat. But what Yah has been trying to tell us is that he doesn’t want us ignorant. He wants us to understand what we’re getting ourselves into. Forever is a mighty long time so learning to keep his commandments and feast days starts to bring you in alignment with Him. It’s the basis of his Covenant, or contract.

      I would highly recommend you read Job if you haven’t in some time. The lesson of Job, in my opinion, is that we cannot judge ourselves. Yah even says so when he finally shows up after Job has been bitching and whining for so long to make His point. But you are dissing Yah because he is doing exactly what he said. If we turn our backs on him, walk away and don’t care about what he said then he says he won’t listen to us any more, he won’t hear our cries and worse in cases of those who work against Him. Lev 26 and Psalm 103 have some good points listed in them.

      What you’ve been told all your life is meaningless, unless you hear it from Yahowah himself, or one of his prophets. Yahshua (not Jesus) even said the same dang things as Yah when He was here. You’ll only learn these things with Yah’s help and if you decide to truly seek Him out on your own instead of relying on doctrine that is really just the “Commandments of Men”.

  2. Rex Buckner

    My Son was a Us Army veteran…and experienced great pain day & night…The veterans adminestration say they couldn’t end the pain..but would prescrbe pain pills…my son new the pills would lead to addiction..and he refused takin ony over the counter pain meds….my son was a gentle person but the pain and quaility…were too much.

    On april 8th 2021…he took his life…and destroyed me a my wife…he was saved and baptized many years ago..I am 81 years old and my wife is79..we have been married 62 years…what life we have left is pure torment.

  3. Michael A Marigliano

    Many suicides are committed due to mental illnesses, If someone dies from a heart attack, that is not a sin, so if someone dies by suicide due to mental illness, is that also not a sin?. We need to be careful judging who may go to hell. Only God knows our hearts, and only He shall judge eternal damnation.

    1. Jeffrey

      You’re making a big mistake in thinking anyone outside of Yahowah (God’s name) can actually “Judge” whether or not someone has gone to Hell or will go there. It’s above every human’s pay grade… period. If you ever read Job please note that that is the true lesson to be learned from Job. Everyone concentrates on Job’s wealth, then lack of it, then restoration of it but Yah saved Job by letting Halal ben Shakar (Satan’s name) give him a real beating more or less. He had to take Job down to the point of realizing that even though he thought he was doing all the right things, he in fact could not judge whether or not he was righteous. The argument of mental illness, while maybe valid in some instances, is completely negligible in others. In the process of seeking truth, seeking Yah, you must examine yourself and your actions. Some may be good, many will not be. And if you’re serious about trying to line up with the expectations laid out in Yah’s covenant then you will change when you become aware of your own failings. We don’t have to be perfect, but we have to choose to try. I don’t agree with the author’s choice to quote Paul since I can see that Paul is a bloody liar, but she didn’t make any judgements about someone’s mental faculty or pass judgement on anyone with what she said. You instead assumed she did. And obfuscating personal responsibility in the whole equation by saying you have some kind of “mental illness” instead of taking responsibility for yourself is how one will short sell themselves, and miss out on what might be offered to them had they chosen to be more observant of not only the world around them, but of themselves.

  4. Jane Anderson

    Suicide is mentioned as a product of depression. But what if a person has reached the end of their life with multiple health conditions that cannot be treated and their fate is to suffer in a nursing home? The employees have seen many times many people deliberately starving themselves until they die. Wouldn’t it be more merciful to help them end it quicker if this is wanted? Why is anyone allowed to force another person to endure horrible pain until they die?

    1. Jay

      I’ve been asking God to heal me for years. Yet I am still alone and hopeless. My life is a disaster I hate being alive, hell in the next life or hell in this one or both. Suicide would solve my problems in this life but not in the next. I don’t know what to do anymore. I hate myself and wish I didn’t exist at all.

      1. Jeffrey

        Jay, don’t solve a temporary problem (I know it doesn’t feel like that now) with a permanent solution. First, God has a name, Yahowah (YHWH) the Hebrew characters written left to right. Ask Yah to guide and direct you, and more important is ask for understanding. I know that will seem like minutia to you right now. You want to feel better, and not hurt. But Understanding is how you break through it all. It’s only through understanding will you be able to heal and recover. This is how it was for me. After decades of gas lighting from two narcissistic parents and countless narc women I started to ask a very simple question. “Why?”. Why are these people so cruel to me, Why do I hurt all the time? I tried heavy drug use in my late teens and early 20’s but luckily some part of me realized it wasn’t working. I was surrounded by crappy people and I didn’t want to be one of them. It wasn’t until much later on that I pieced together the rest. However; this all started to come together when for some reason I started looking to “God” (didn’t know his name them). I think I first asked for wisdom, understanding and to be freed. That last request was a loaded question I didn’t grasp for years but Yah delivered in spades. I originally was speaking financially. I just wanted some way to be free enough to leave the town I lived in, and have enough money to get someplace else and restart….. but what I found as the years passed was it wasn’t money that was holding me down, but attachments and beliefs in false things , or really lies, and as one of those walls fell after another I was left in awe since I finally understood the hold a particular person or idea had on me. And I’d be like ‘Holy crap….. I never realized ..etc.”. So know the process takes time. But if you sincerely seek truth, sincerely seek Yah he will help you. It won’t always be how you expect. And sometimes you’ll have to stare yourself in the mirror to find your own flaws, but he will lead you to the healing you desire. You just have to realize that the waiving of the hand to remove your pain won’t work any better than anti-depressants or illicit drugs, because If you refuse to understand the source of your bad feelings…. you won’t be able to break free from them, or heal. I hope you find a little peace soon and try to grasp these ideas best you can. Shalowm.

        1. Jeffrey

          Hebrew goes right to left… sorry for that typo…LOL

      2. Betty Miller

        Dear Jay,

        I am sure no one can understand what you are going through except the Lord, Himself. He truly is the only One who can set you free. I am going to pray this pray for you right now. “Dear Lord, You see this brother’s anguish, torment and sorrow and you do understand as the scripture says, You,as our High Priest, not only know of our pain but You are touched and can feel our pain. Hebrews 4:15: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Father, fill my brother with the power of the Holy Spirit so he too can overcome this temptation of suicide as you overcame all temptation.

        Lord, show my brother the selfishness of this sin, as going this way will hurt deeply those around him. Lord, give him the grace to love those around him so he will not give in to this evil temptation. Help Jay and send the right people to him at this time; people who know how to stand against the evil demons who are attacking him in his emotions and mind. Lord, you gave us authority over devils and right now I speak to these evil spirits and I command them to leave this brother right now! James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus, You said if we submitted to God and we resisted the devil, as I have now done, then these devils would have to flee. Your word stated that the devil would flee, not maybe he would flee. Now Satan you and your demons have to flee! There is no limit to Your Power by space or distance. Free my brother, set him free and fill him with the Holy Spirit who will empower him to overcome. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus! Guide him to your spirit filled people who will help him walk out his deliverance! AMEN.

  5. Kim Kuehl

    Hi …I agree with your comment saying if God did say clearly that suicide did not lead to hell then many would do it so the reason for my comment is …one day while listening to radio I think…that David Jeremiah DID say that adding that God is such a loving God and thats why he wouldn’t send anyone to hell that did commit suicde….When my spirit heard that I gasped…my heart started to beat out of my chest…that is a false teaching and I saw many committing suicide bcuz they believed him…i prayed immediately for that false teaching>>> we are suppose to fear God<<<David Jeremiah's temptation to soothe is no better than temptation to commit suicide…Please pray for his false teachings…Thank you !!

  6. Leonard

    Suicide/Depression. The Bible is quit clear about sucide when Judas is the example. The Bible says, “And Judas went to his place.” (Acts 1:25) Question? “What place was that? He died and went to his place the Bible says. Contextually it cannot mean heaven. There is only one other alternative, Hell. But, in my estimation there are exceptions to the rule. (1) Man has an anurisum explodes in his brain and reacts out of his mind.(Th is was not his choice.) (2) As with Samson marytardom for the Lord before the Philistines. (Different motivation.) “God looks on the inside of a man!” (I Sam. 16:7) Then there’s depression. I have experienced severe clinical depression and I know it can be defeated with the right help, such as the Lord being your Father and you being his son or daughter having been baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, (Acts 2:38) Necessary anti-depressants to bring your brain chemistry back into proper function. That’s not unchristian or lack of faith anymore than the need of blood pressure medicine to regulate your blood pressure, For even in the worst of my clinical depression my “WILL” was in tact and I could CHOOSE against Satan’s joined efforts with the clinical depression to destroy me. I am a minister of 51 years in ministry. We have a great God that can and will get us through the worst of time is we will not yield completely to Satan’s suicidal allurements. It tried them with me. God bless you all. Very difficult subject for all.

  7. Ugly hunchback

    I want to add that while I understand that Christians should not support abortion, the pro-life movement should really be pro-marriage, anti-fornication. Because most abortions take place outside marriages, and the sick and disgusting sexualization of our society has resulted in more and more people seeing sex as a kind of competition or recreational sport.

    My own guess is that not few suicides are due to being born out-of-wedlock/raised by single moms AND having inherited genes pre-disposed to psychotic mental illness.

    In the past, only capable men were allowed to marry; in 17th century England, less than 10% were born out-of-wedlock (cf. Laslett/Laslitt).

    Of course, the ideal society would be if the whole world consisted of only monks and nuns, but this is utopic.

    The next-best would be a society where celibacy were seen as best, followed by enforced monogamy.

    I suffer myself from thosr afflictions and certainly would not have chosen this horrible life (Jeremiah 20:14-18). Yes indeed! without God, I would have killed myself already!

  8. William Castillo-Velasquez

    Please don’t misinform people. The word of God Our Father says that whoever takes his own life has already condemned themselves and need not be judged. They descend to hell. If you persist, I will be a witness against you when we all are called before Jesus Christ

    1. Janice Fritsch

      Hopelessness is no stranger to most of us. There are always times in our lives when we just want to give up. I, Janice – Christ Unlimited Staff Minister, remember such a time in my life. I had lost everything and was in the process of claiming bankruptcy. As I came to the Lord with all my sorrows, He challenged me to write down all the positive things in my life. At first I said, really, like what? Then I started with the smallest of things that I was thankful for: although it was not my roof, I did have a roof over my head, I had water to shower with, God was providing food to eat, I had clothes on my back…etc. Soon the list got longer and longer and by the time I finished the list, the atmosphere surrounding me had completely change and the oppressive spirits were gone. I realized I had just implemented one of God’s lessons for overcoming, Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. The enemy could not stay in such an atmosphere. God has so many more promises and lessons on overcoming. Below are more verses you can speak over yourself and your environment. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
      Romans 12:12
      Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

      Jeremiah 29:11
      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

      Isaiah 40:31
      But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

      Isaiah 41:10
      Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

      Mark 9:23
      …All things are possible for one who believes.

      Proverbs 23:18
      Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

      Hebrews 11:1
      Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

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