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Is There Hope For Suicide Victims?

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Have you wondered, “What is the eternal fate of someone who commits suicide?”

The Scriptures show that these people are not cut off without hope. God will bring them back to life and give them their opportunity for eternal salvation! God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). When God says "all," He means all. Even victims of suicide will have a chance for salvation!

For those who are suffering now, with depression or coping with the loss of a loved one to this horrible tragedy, there is hope!

Suicide is often a complex matter. Don’t be too quick to judge or to condemn people who take their own lives. Individuals who commit suicide often have been struggling with serious problems, such as depression, alcoholism or other forms of drug abuse. Taking one’s life isn’t the right way to deal with any trial, but the people who do are not thinking clearly. It is an unbearable burden from which they feel only death can give release.

When a person takes their life, those who are left behind often find themselves without hope. The Bible makes it clear that those who have had suicides in the family have the assurance from God that they will see their loved ones again.

God says He will resurrect all the dead (John 5:28-29), and we know that God wants everyone to have a full chance to repent and be forgiven and to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). The Bible shows that those who did not understand God’s spiritual truth during their lifetimes will have another chance at life, a chance to deal with their problems better.

Your loved one will rise again!

Christ spoke about the hope of the resurrection in one of the great episodes from His life. In John’s gospel, we read of Christ’s close friend Lazarus being sick and dying before Christ could get to his home in Bethany.

When Christ arrived at the home of Lazarus, he was told by Martha, his sister, that he had been dead for four days. “But even now,” she said, “I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

To which Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.” And Martha replied, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

And Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

And Martha replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:22-27).

Then Christ went to the tomb of Lazarus and in a loud voice, He commanded Lazarus to come forth. It was an astonishing and undeniable miracle to show the power of God and the hope of the resurrection.

It is the hope of the resurrection that lifts us beyond the tragedy of the moment

The assurance of this resurrection is what allows us move forward in our life. Because we know that our loved one is waiting for the resurrection and it’s going to happen! And it will be a much better place at that time.

The apostle Paul wrote about the resurrection to a church reeling from the death of its members and needing the same help. He wrote: “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus . . . For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven . . . And the dead in Christ will rise first." Therefore, he said, “Comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

For those who are suffering now, with depression or coping with the loss of a loved one to this horrible tragedy, there is hope!

The Bible talks about a time when sorrow and tears will disappear from human experience. The book of Revelation speaks of a time when a new heaven and a new earth will be established. It says, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying . . . There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:1-4).

God the Father, we are told, judges from the "mercy seat" (Hebrews 9:5). He dearly desires that all people who have lived, or will live, be in His family. Jesus Christ knows our frailty and therefore is our advocate at the right hand of our Father who is sitting on that throne of mercy. This includes all those who have suffered personally and taken their own lives.

The Father and Jesus Christ have not forgotten anyone. The brokenhearted, including those who committed suicide or even contemplated it, will ultimately be healed!

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    if there is hope for suicide victim will Judas Iscariot will be heaven?

  • Lena VanAusdle

    Hi Joel,
    There is hope for those that commit suicide. as for the fate of Judas Iscariot, thankfully that is God's decision; we just don't know. Here's the thing that's even more important: we don't go to heaven when we die! When any one person dies they remain in their graves. If they have repented of their sins, been baptized and received God's holy spirit through the laying on of hands, and remain faithful until they die, they will be resurrected to spirit at the return of Jesus Christ, and they will reign with Him on earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4). At the end of those 1,000 years all those that did not have the opportunity to know God or His ways will be resurrected to physical life, to be given their first opportunity at salvation (Revelation 20:5).

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