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Have those who have ended their own lives committed the unpardonable sin?

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[Darris McNeely] For someone who commits suicide, what is their fate? I’ve just done a Beyond Today television program and a lot of time I’ve spent researching and talking about suicide. You know, suicide is a very complicated topic. People who take their lives are in a very discouraged, depressed state of mind, sometimes for quite a while. And they’ve never been able to shake it, and they come to a point that they make that ultimate decision to take their life because they fear living more than they fear dying. And it’s a very tragic, difficult situation.

Often the question comes up, is someone who’s committed suicide committed what can be called a sin that is unpardonable, that cannot be forgiven? Well, the answer is no, they have not. God can forgive any sin upon which a person repents and changes and seeks God’s forgiveness and mercy. Obviously, when a person is depressed and they’ve taken their life, that ends their physical life. But God has a plan for all of mankind. God has a plan for even those who are at that point where they decide life is not worth living.

There’s a scripture, actually several scriptures that point to this fact. The key thought is the truth of the resurrection. In John chapter 5, verses 28 and 29, Christ said that He is going to bring back to life in a resurrection the dead (John 5:28-29 John 5:28-29 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation.
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). Many, many scriptures in the New Testament speak to this eternal truth, and that is the hope of the dead in God’s purpose and God’s plan, according to what is laid out there

There’s a scripture in 2 Peter chapter 3 and verse 9 that is really critical to understand in this regard and God’s infinite mercy. It says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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). God will give all the opportunity to repent, and even one who commits suicide will have the opportunity to live again, and a chance – their first chance for salvation, to come to know God in repentance and live a life better than the one they had that led them to take their own life.

So as we grapple with this, if that has been something that has impacted your life, through the death of a friend, a loved one who’s taken their life, or you wonder about what is their eternal fate in God’s plan, take hope, take heart that God does have a purpose through the resurrection and that those who have committed suicide can have a chance and an opportunity for God’s grace and mercy and live a life of hope and peace, better than the life that they led prior to their death.

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Comments

  • Elke
    Thank you for saying this. I actually "Felt" that this has to be the truth. I was suicidal and my pain was so unbearable I was not able to breath. I survived, but the pain I felt, actually "made me out of my mind". I can honestly say, I was not of sound mind during that time. God helps the once who lost their minds, even if it is only temporary. I was "sick in my mind" at that time. I thought: "If God could feel this immense pain, he will take me in his arms and dry my tears. If he would do anything else, he would not be my Father." I was lucky. I recovered without being successful with suicide, but that feeling that "suicide" has really nothing to do with the sentence " Though shell not kill", was immensely strong. I understand people now who want to commit suicide. It is a chemical imbalance in their Brain. Meaning. If they do something this irrational, they cannot possibly held responsible. I mean.......how on earth do you punish somebody who is in THIS MUCH PAIN that life itself becomes so horrific that you have to do something horrific? I know that God loves me, even though I wanted to commit suicide, because he KNOWS WHY I wanted to commit it. Thank you God!
  • Jesusis4me
    Mr. McNeely, are you saying that someone who's never been born again will still have an opportunity to repent and receive Christ, even after they've committed suicide? If that is what your saying, then where do they go after they die. Because the Bible says it's appointed someone to die and then the judgement. The bible also says for a believer that to be departed from my body I will be instantly with the Lord. So someone who's not born again and they commit suicide, I believe goes to hell, sin is not allowed in heaven and they don't have the blood of Christ to cover their sin or the grace of God.
  • Arthur Tracy Jr1962
    That is good to hear, I thought that if you commit suicide our chance for going to Heaven was over. So if Adolf Hitler repent on resurrection day he to will be forgiven?
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