Does Suicide Lead to Perdition?
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A Beyond Today viewer wrote us with a question about suicide. He has a friend whose son suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and committed suicide. He want to know if the son is "damned with the wicked".
Suicide is the leading cause of death for teens. Whenever a person, young or old, take their life it is such a tragedy. A void is left in the lives of those who knew and loved the person. Questions remain about whether more could have been done to help pull a person back from the brink of self destruction. Suicide removes a life and, yes, it ends one vein of suffering, but it creates additional suffering for those left behind.
Is one who commutes suicide damned with the wicked"? The real question is whether this person's suffering continues in an ever burning hell. The answer is no, they are no longer suffering and they are not damned for eternity.
Scripture shows that at death one's thoughts end, there is no conscious awareness. "His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish".(Psalms 146:4, NKJV).
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going". (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NKJV).
The mental agony that leads a person to commit suicide ends at death. It does not continue beyond. God, in His mercy, designed life so that at death the physical mind does not function. The hopes and dreams and fears of life end. So the suffering that leads one to take his life also concludes.
A suicide victim is not eternally damned. They will live again in a better world with a revived opportunity for happiness and success.
Revelation 20:11-14 "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
This man's son will live again and have the opportunity to achieve his God given opportunity of a vibrant successful physical life in preparation for an eternity with God as part of His family.
That's the good news of the gospel. You can believe it!