Suicide and the Bible

The “basic” theological and scriptural support for the security of the true believer in Christ is:      

A. security in God’s promises : 
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.      Romans 8: 31-39

 B. God’s presence and power   

My sheep hear my voice, and I know  them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my  hand. My Father, who has given them to  me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's  hand.  I and the Father are one.           John 10:27-30

C.  kept by God’s power  
          
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable,  undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.      1 Peter 1:3-5

At the base of the argument for or against the security of the believer is the Greek present tense of “believe” in the New Testament but what needs considered is that true believers continue to have faith due to God’s Work in their hearts.

. . . which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.               2 Timothy 1:12

 if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.      2 Timothy 2:13

The aorist (indicative of past action) tense and not the present tense is used in Acts 16:31 and Romans 4:3.

...they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.           Acts 16:31

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”         Romans 4:3                                                 

A believer is sealed but through our own choosing to sin we grieve the Holy Spirit and this action affects our earthly blessings and life.   

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  Ephesians 4:30

Many people,  grieving a suicide want to know if  death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ covered the sinful choice of suicide. These Bible verses gives the answer so there isn’t any doubt.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.   For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.   Romans 10:9, 10

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24  

...for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.                          Galatians 3: 26-28

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.   Romans 6: 6 - 8       

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2 


All scripture is from the English Standard Version.