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Suicide Survivor’s Bill of Rights

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Suicides Mentioned in the Bible

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Suicide Survivor’s Bill of Rights

I have the right to be free of guilt.

I have the right not to feel responsible for the suicide death.

I have the right to express my feelings and emotions, even if they

do not seem acceptable, as long as they do not interfere with

the rights of others.

I have the right to have my questions answered honestly by

authorities and family members.

I have the right not to be deceived because others feel they can

spare me further grief.

I have the right to maintain a sense of hopefulness.

I have the right to peace and dignity.

I have the right to positive feelings about one I lost through

suicide, regardless of events prior to or at the time of the

untimely death.

I have the right to retain my individuality and not be judged

because of the suicide death.

I have the right to seek counseling and support groups to enable

me to explore my feelings honestly to further the acceptance


I have the right to reach acceptance.

I have the right to a new beginning. I have the right to be.

 ©1984 JoAnne Mecca 

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Suicide & Scripture (The Holy 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 

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Suicides Mentioned in the Bible

There are 7 suicides mentioned in the Bible but in some cases it was technically an assisted suicide or some would say "murder".  Here is a a brief account describing each situation and the reasoning for the the "suicide" but as in all suicides can we really know?  We can only speculate.

Abimelech (Judges 9:54)

After having his skull crushed under a millstone that was dropped by a woman from the Tower of Shechem, Abimelech called for his armor-bearer to kill him with a sword. He did not want it said that a woman had killed him.

Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23)

Disgraced and rejected by Absolom, Ahithophel went home, put his affairs in order, and then hung himself.

Judas (Matthew 27:5)

After he betrayed Jesus, Judas iscariot was overcome with remorse and hung himself.

Samson (Judges 16: 29-31)

By collapsing a building, Samson sacrificed his own life, but in the process destroyed thousands of enemy Philistines.

Saul and His Armor Bearer (1 Samuel 31: 3- 6)

After losing his sons and all of his troops in battle, and his sanity long before, King Saul, assisted by his armor-bearer, ended his life. Then Saul's servant killed himself.

Zimri (1 Kings 16:18)

Rather than being taken prisoner, Zimri set the king's palace on fire and died in the flames.