Other Replies to the Question of Suicide

There were several that responded to my answer on the topic of suicide. The gist of the remarks were questions about, the one who may have a serious mental, chemical, etc. imbalance, or the one that may have been under the influence of drugs or some such. Further there was the implication that we are judging the heart when we make any kind of statement about suicide. That such a matter really cannot be answered. And finally several mentioned Samson. I will answer these responses briefly as follows.

In the first place when I speak of suicide I define it as the murder of oneself in defiance of God’s law, “Thou shalt not kill.” Further, suicide in this narrow definition is to die in sin. And then God’s Word teaches us that in I John 3:15 “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” To willfully commit suicide and to kill oneself in defiance of God is to go lost. This in the first place.

Secondly, the only unforgivable sin is that against the Holy Ghost which is the sin of impenitence. Most willful suicides in transgression of God’s law are by the nature of the case impenitent sin and leads one swiftly to hell.

Thirdly, as was also stated in the original answer, it is not for you or me to judge whether there was repentance or not in specific cases. This God will judge. We can never judge the heart, and have no right to. This has nothing to do with the matter of whether suicide is a sin unto death. If it is committed as defined above, and there is not repentance, it is a sin unto death, thus saith the Word. If there is repentance, then there is salvation.

The so called exceptions are no exceptions at all. The one who has brain damage that is not in control of his will may do a thing that will cause him to lose his life, but does not willfully walk in disobedience to God’s law. This may be. Again even this would be difficult for us to judge, nor are we called to. We leave the judgment to God. The example of Samson is not an example of suicide, but is rather the fruit of Samson’s fighting the battles of the Lord. And by pulling down the coliseum he killed more of the enemies of God than in all of his other battles. Many a soldier goes to battle and loses his life in performing their duty before God. So did Samson walk. The book of Hebrews, chapter 11, makes it clear that he so walked in faith. Thus his life and death really have nothing to do with the question.

Perhaps the reason that this subject draws so much attention and usually causes many to object to speaking of suicide as a judgmental death is the reason that so many of us have in our families or in our close acquaintances someone who has seemingly committed suicide. The natural reaction is to try to excuse the particular walk, or to attempt to judge the heart and to say that the individual is saved. The truth of the matter is that our comfort cannot be found in this way. In the first place, we do not need to and cannot judge the heart one way or the other. God shall in perfection judge. He accomplishes His purpose in the saving of His elect and in the condemnation of the wicked. Our comfort rests in His sovereignty and His good pleasure. God is always good, righteous and holy in His ways. Rest in this, and be at peace with the will of God. Let us always call upon our God for the grace to rest in Him. ♦