Can a Christian Commit Suicide and Still Be Saved? A Biblical Analysis

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I have heard of Christians who have committed suicide.  In fact, I personally knew one who was a co-worker and a friend of mine.  Some at the funeral said that they are now in hell…others believed that once a person is saved they will be in heaven no matter what they do here on earth.  If a believe commits suicide, can they be saved?  Is killing yourself the unpardonable sin?  Does a believer go to hell if the end their own life?  What principles can we learn about this question from the Bible?

One Second After Death

Like Lazarus and the rich man, immediately after death a person is in a conscious state.  They understand at the moment after they die whether they are going to be judged and condemned to hell or they will know Jesus and be in His presence immediately.

The apostle Paul understood that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord as he wrote in II Corinthians 5:6-8: “  Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight.  We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” In verse one of this same chapter he says, “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

The understanding is that the moment one dies in the faith, they are absent from earth but immediately present with the Lord.  Paul doesn’t qualify this with “but if we kill ourselves then we will not be present with the Lord.”  In fact in verse 5 he says, “Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”   Thus, God is guaranteeing our delivery into the Lord’s presence.  But if you are not born-again, then your fate, immediately after death is where the rich man was.  He was in eternal torment being tortured by fire and was unable to cross over to the other side where God was (Luke 16:19-31).  If you die without Christ, your fate is sealed.  This is why it is so important that today you come to saving faith in Christ while it is still called today for no one has any guarantee that tomorrow will ever come (Heb. 4:7).

No Guarantees Apart from Christ

Can a Christian Commit Suicide?

If you find yourself in a serious, extended state of depression, seek professional help immediately.

The rich man that died could never have any hope of going to heaven.  When a person dies without Christ, they can not choose to accept to believe in Him then. It is too late.  Those who think that they might commit suicide take a great risk; that is a risk of spending eternity apart from God.

If a person is not saved they will have to give an account for everything that they have ever done or said in their entire life (Rev. 20).  They will stand guilty and be judged for eternity by God Almighty.  Jesus can not help them then.  If they commit suicide, they will also have to pay the penalty for murder; that is murdering their own selves.  That will be a burden and everyone’s suffering in eternal torment is according to what they have done while alive on earth.  After a person dies without Christ they know that they are going to be separated from God for all eternity; they will know this a split second after they die.  Then of course, it is too late to repent and be saved.

A God-Given Guarantee

Once a person is saved, that is born-again, there is no way that they will ever be lost again.  Not only that, they will not lose the reward of heaven and being in the presence of Jesus Christ.  Here are biblical guarantees:

I Peter 1:3-5 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. “

Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers…”

Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. “

II Corinthians 5:5 “Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

Reflect on these words straight from the mouth of God since all scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God Himself (II Tim 3:16).  God says about those who are saved that they are: sealed for the day of redemption, guaranteed for what is to come, promised that you are His possession, have a deposit for an eternal inheritance, an inheritance that can never perish!  Wow…yes, believe it.  God would not have you born-again only to abort you at the last moment.  We are saved, as Paul says, that not even the demons, or an angel, anything in the future, past, or present, or even death itself could rob.

In Philippians 1:6 God says through Paul that “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  God will complete what He has started.  No matter what happens. And yes, this includes someone who takes their own life.  Many biblical heroes have contemplated suicide:  Job, Jeremiah, Jonah, and even mighty Samson.

A Loss of Rewards

In I Corinthians 3: 12-15, Paul relates that we can lose rewards but not our eternal life, as he writes, “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”  Read any Bible commentary on these verses and it clearly shows that a Christian will receive rewards at the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ.  This is not to be confused with the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20 where those who died without Christ are thrown into the lake of fire.

In I Corinthians chapter three, Paul speaks about some losing rewards due to carnal works that will be burned up.  Each Christian will be rewarded by what they have done while on this earth; did they help the poor, witness to the lost about the gospel, visit someone in the hospital or prison, and so on.  So even though a Christian can take their own life, they will not lose their eternal life.  They will lose rewards yes, but not their eternal inheritance.  Remember that if you were born-again, you are sealed with a promise, guaranteed an inheritance and God will complete in you what He has begun; even despite our own selves.

A Christian’s Suicide

I had a co-worker a few years ago who was a Christian.  I did not know this when I first witnessed about the gospel of Jesus Christ to her.  She had been demoted, was going through a divorce, had a debilitating disease and she finally was in so much emotional and physical pain that she ended her own life.  After I witnessed to her she told me that yes, she was a Christian.  She believed in Jesus Christ, that He was born of a virgin and was both God and man, that He died for her sins, and that she was born-again.  She understood that she had eternal life and that she accepted in faith God’s free gift of grace.  I believe with my whole heart, and from scriptural evidence of a saved person, that today she is in heaven and with Jesus Christ.  I also believe that she likely lost some rewards in heaven.  But she did not and in fact could not lose her salvation.  That is good news.

Of course suicide is not a good way to end our earthly suffering. If you are in an extended state of depression, please seek immediate help.  Anyone who is not saved and commits suicide is in serious trouble for they will have the wrath of God upon them at the Great White Throne Judgment Seat.  If you find yourself in a serious, extended state of depression, seek professional help immediately.  Please read this websites article called “Christian Depression Help – Biblical Encouragement and Advice” for more help.  Go to the search column and type in “Depression” and it will bring up the article “Christian Depression Help – Biblical Encouragement and Advice”.  Please read it.  Don’t put this off.  I pray that if you are not saved, you will know Jesus Christ today.  Accept the free gift of eternal life.  All you have to do is believe and acknowledge your sins before God.  He will freely give you grace.  It is just that simple.  Do this right now and nothing can ever separate you from God…for all eternity.


Immediately after you die you will either be in Hell or Heaven. Believers, when they die, are absent from the body and present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:6-8). Eternal life is a guarantee and when a believer takes his own life he will lose rewards in Heaven, but he will not lose his place in Heaven. An unbeliever, when he dies, knows a split second after death that they are eternally separated from God (just like in the account of Lazarus and the rich man).  After death it is too late to be saved. There is help for those who are contemplating suicide. Please seek help rather than death.

Are you interested in other similar questions & answer articles? Take a look at these:

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Obamathetyrant April 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Hi Tara! Good point. I know why I have been quiet and it’s the same old story. Struggling with not wanting to live in such an awful world and wondering if as bad as this sounds – if it is ok and how I would be punished. I continue to think and hope that God wouldn’t punish those who do when they did nothing wrong other than not being able to cope. If someone loves God that is all that matters. Not if they love this world IMO. I am still lost and searching though for truth. I think the other talk was just people wanting to understand the how’s and whys. People do get frightened and scared when you bring up the subject. Even suicide. If we could talk about it openly and not have to hide in shame or on the Internet the world would be a better place.


Tara April 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Obamathetyrant, you are absolutely right. There are so many subjects that a lot of people consider to be taboo, but yes, if they were discussed openly, the world would be more alert as to Satan’s schemes, the way he operates, and would be familiar with his tactics. I just came upon this page last night, because I was so depressed, and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what might have been wrong with me. However, I woke up this morning, in a great mood. I have loved reading this page, and there are so many uplifting and inspiring stories. I mean, these people could be role models, you included, Cat, and anybody else who has given amazing advice on here. I will most certainly continue to read. Thank you all!


Kendall April 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I need help before i do something crazy thinking about giving mom a heart attack


Obamathetyrant April 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

@Kendall What do you mean? If you are thinking of hurting your mother for real you need to call someone. Why would you give her a heart attack and how could you? If you are serious and you aren’t joking I would suggest calling 911 or the police and telling them. If you just need to vent and for someone to listen we are all here.


Chloe7 June 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I don’t think you understand her correctly – she means if she does it her mom will get a heart-attack. That’s how I read it.


Tara April 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Kendall, don’t give up, and please do not do that to your mother. Vengeance is the LORD’S. Don’t do that please.


Jack Wellman April 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Kendall…please don’t consider giving your mother a heart attack. What do you mean by this? You need to seek help immediately that is what I recommend. Call your pastor right away. Sometimes medical attention can mean all the difference as a former Mental Health Case Mgr, a simple brain chemistry imbalance (not a moral or character weakness by the way but a real, physical cause) and this can be fixed. Have you spoken with your pastor? A Christian counselor? A doctor. Seek help now. We are praying, I am sure, for you. You don’t want your mother’s blood on your hands my friend.


anthony rokitsky May 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

i called upon the lord to save me and i fully beleave in my heart that jesus died on the cross and three days later he rose from the dead and no matter what i do or sin i will spend eternity with him read matthew 7:23 he will never say that to me because he died for my sins and your right 1conrinthians 3:15 says a man will lose his rewards but his soul will be saved! The reason i say and know this is because im on the verge of suicide and im readdy to meet my wonderful savior and i cant wait to hug and kiss jesus and to thank him for making it possible for me to spend eternity with and loving him. “I LOVE JESUS CHRIST”


Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Anthbony, Obamathetyrant is spot on the mark of truthfuless (Thank you Obamathetyrant). When we end our life prematurely, we put a period where God has a comma. Look at it this way. We have disappointments but these are actually “His-appointments” and you will lose your rewards for all eternity big time because God is not done with us as long as we are drawing a breath. Obamathetyrant is so right. Use this suffering and emptiness to God’s glory and take as many to heaven with you while you are still alive.


Obamathetyrant May 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Anthony I hope you don’t. I think we’re meant to die “naturally.” When God is ready for us. Suicide is unnatural. Many unnatural things we know are against the Bible. I don’t believe it’s enough to just call upon The Lord to save your soul and he will do it WITHOUT helping you with your suicidal thoughts. Maybe I am wrong, but I’ve thought about this a lot as someone who has struggled with thoughts of suicide for years unfortunately. Sometimes are better than others. The point is it still doesn’t “feel” in my heart like the right thing to do and I think Anthony if you really dig deep down into your soul you’ll realize this as well. Ultimately I do believe whatever happens in this world is ultimately part of God’s plan. Nothing can happen he doesn’t allow to happen and all things happen for a reason. However Anthony I doubt it is very much your time. Maybe pray and go out and spread the gospel. Help others. Why selfishly take your own life when you clearly still have an ability to spread the word and the passion for it.


jadiqua Johnson May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I agree Jesus is the one who gave an take .To take your life is gamble


Tom Nathe May 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

My beautiful wife of 45 years passed away in January, 2013. I have never felt so much depression, anxiety, loneliness and unable to process this event. She was the kindest, most generous person I ever met. She was emotionally strong and was my rock throughtout my careers. I am alone, crying most of the time, and am attending counseling on a weekly basis. I still don’t have answers to my questions, mainly why take this wonderful person and leave the scum running the streets. And, if we commit suicide that is considered self murder so why isn’t it God committing murder when he/she takes a life? Points to ponder.


Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hello Mr. Nathe. Wouldn’t God want to populate heaven with such saints? She is secure and more happy today and you can join her someday, right? Anyway, God will judge everyone and no one gets away with anything at all…ever! Read Rev 20:12-15 “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. 13 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. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Knowing where you beloved and dearly departed wife is today would you really want her to come back to this wicked world? She is more joyful now than ever before and think of the day you will be reunited with her for eternity if you have put your trust in Christ that is. God doesn’t murder anyone my friend, He has an appointed day for all and then the judgment. He offers eternal life to all who would believe in Christ.


jadiqua Johnson May 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

First im soo sorry what happen to your wife. I lost my dad when I was young an every day I needed him just to talk to him just tell him how my days were. It is hard but remember Tom Jesus did give these beautiful people life so if he take it , it’s not murder because we are rightfully his from the beginning.


confusednfrustrated May 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for the article. I’M done being everyones punching bag, this has been my life literally and figuratively. My only reason for not having left this earth yet is the fear of going to hell. I want nothing more than to spend eternity with my children in a great place. When there’s no other way to get home with the lord any quicker we are left with few choices, and in a life like this one even fewer choices than that. I could continue being abused and hated by my husband or leave and see God. But I wish I could get a personal verification from the lord himself saying “its okay to choose when to come home, I wont punish you for it “


Jack Wellman May 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Dear Confusednfrustrated…yes, what Obamathetyrant said is correct. This man needs to go to jail. A simple reading of Romans 13 shows that all lawbreakers, Christian or not (which he doesn’t appear to be one…pleae read 1 John chapter 3 to see why I say that). There is no excuse for such criminal behavior. If you do nothing, you are enabling this man’s criminal activity and perhaps in jail he might see his sin and his need to repent. Do it today. Don’t wait…please…and don’t end your life. God wants us to live thru ups and downs and take disappointments and make then “His-appointments.”


Obamathetyrant May 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Confusednfrustrated I am sorry you are in pain and have had to go through everything you have, but suicide is not the answer. Why not since you want to leave this earth anyway try a few things first? Don’t give up. There are always choices. I am going to tell it like it is – if your husband abuses you it is because you allow him to. He can be arrested, you could leave. There are people and groups who can help. Call the police right now and I promise in an hour you will be in a safer place and starting a new life. Don’t take that from him or anyone! It is your life and the time you have on earth is a gift from God. And only God can decide how much time you get. I wish sometimes I could get permission and knew for sure it was ok to come home as you say, but I also deep down know that’s not how it’s supposed to work. Nobody said life would be easy and you really should let it play out as God intended. You are here on this earth for a reason. It is God’s plan. You are important, needed and loved!


Tara May 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

My heart is broken by things that don’t make sense. I don’t care to go into detail. Like another poster mentioned above, I once wanted to die, or commit suicide, but hell as a final destination was what stopped me completely in my tracks. Once I crossed over into hell, my pain would only be beginning. Hell is the most physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual (as eternal separation from God) pain a soul can experience. I still get terribly depressed and feel as if I’m losing my mind, and that death would solve it all, but I have become more of the mindset that I’m not going anywhere; not until God is ready for me, and it’s even gotten to the point where I’m scared to death of, well, death. I don’t know how much weight my words would carry, but to those who have managed to make it all the way to my post, there are so many uplifting posts on here, and it’s never a good idea to end your own life. After awhile I began to see it like it should be seen, that suicide is a way of a person internally thinking, “God, I tried to give my problems to handle, but you took too long, you weren’t listening, I’m tired, etc., so I am going to kill myself. I have never attempted suicide ever. It’s always been a cry for help with me, and only when I first had gotten diagnosed with PTSD and chronic depression at 17. No condolences needed; 1 out of 3 people in the USA experience some type of mental disorder, so it’s widespread. It’s terrible to get to the point to where you spend most of every day trying to figure out which method would be the fastest, the least painful, or worse yet, the most shocking, the most vengeful. People, before you end your life, think about how that would break the hearts of people who love you. I have depression and paranoid issues; I know what it’s like to feel as if my whole family is out to get me, or that they hate me. It’s been posted tons of times on this post, but God won’t be ready for you to die until he’s ready to take you himself. Don’t play God with your own soul. Hell will be waiting is my fear. I can give myself a splitting headache trying to figure out what got into Lucifer, why he was able to generate self-pride, when it was God who created him; he was an angel, as hard as that is to believe. This topic, Satan, is avoided way too many times. Doesn’t it make sense that an army wants to be able to foresee and understand its enemy’s tactics? Paul mentions (I’m not sure where, but in the NT) to put on the armor of God, and the next thing I remember in the Bible as I read that part is that we people are not actually fighting with other living beings. We are fighting against the powers of the air and darkness (demons; evil spirits) that threaten to tempt us and make us do things we should not do. I won’t ramble on and on, but God is not finished with you; he’s only gotten started using you as his vessel. It’s refreshing to see people on this thread having first posted fearful, suicidal, angry and depressed, and to read later posts from them in which they are telling other people not to even consider it; that God has a plan for each and every one of them. Today has been another one of those painful days where I cannot find out what on earth is wrong with me, I am so depressed and everything is bleak, but even now, the last thing on my mind is suicide. I want to live! My life will only be beginning once i cross over into those heavenly gates. 80 more years of hell on earth to be rewarded with eternity in heaven? Now that sounds like a deal I’ll agree to!


CatHolland October 25, 2015 at 2:40 pm

God bless you! You have helped me. I read the whole post, and now I’m going to cry, and push forward.


Obamathetyrant May 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I am not pro suicide, but what I am anti is anti you wil go to hell if you do. I can’t believe God would punish an otherwise decent God loving soul who couldn’t take it on earth. If would be like a soldier who was killed on the battlefield. He died fighting for that cause, that side. He isn’t then off the team for lack of a better term. Does this make sense to anyone else? I think if you are on God’s team and die on the battlefield that is earth you can still go to heaven. God knows what is in our hearts and that is what matters.

Just a thought I had. Again not justifying suicide! I just don’t believe that good people who do go to hell for not being basically stronger.


ricky July 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

who said if u commit suicide,u wil b saved….I tink nvr as itz one of d biggest sin….Nva eva do suicide as yo soul wil b wanderin hre n dre…Dun put our lord 2 test….If u hv committed mistk n dun repent n dn punishment wil coime ….Dun COMMIT SUICIDE AS LORD WUN FORGIVE D PERSN N DAT PERSON WIL B TORMENTED FOREVER AS DAT PERSON WENT AGAINST LORDS WILL….no mattr hw tough lyf n yo situation is dun give up ,fyt ech n evry day n accpt only dat death wich god has rytn 4 u……Devil is constantly workin in tis world as c d person who rote d post dat IF CHRISTIAN COMMIT SUICIDE,STIL CN B SAVED??Wake up man as devil is scrwin ur mind…once a persn does suicide he cn nva b saved as itz severe sin…dn d torment of fire wil b waitin 4 u….Devil is real n c his dirty works,pornography,suicide,rape,corruption,anti christ,prostituion….Wt eva jesus christ said is absolute truth ….No mattr nw wt eva mistake n sin u have committed ask god for forgiveness b4 itz 2 late as death wun ask u n cum,it cn cum ne tym ne wr….Lord is real n dun test him….Believe in him n ur lyf wil bcum beautiful….Follow n fulfill lord word….Accpt death only wn it has rytn 2 cum in ur lyf….Lyf is beautiful dun wste on such idotic totz of suicide…We r d son of god so tink n do olwz good…Love lord jesus christ with ur whole heart


BackAgain August 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Been here before as obamathetyrant, anyway…

Something doesn’t add up. The devil and free will are why this world sucks. Then God loves us so much knowing this he brings us into this world. Then knowing we all will sin says believe in my son or burn in hell. Knowing already who will be saved negating free will. Loving Jesus is fine, the problem is loving this world enough to stay.

It’s like building a car and then destroying it if it can’t win the Indy 500. If it can’t win it doesn’t mean it’s a bad car. It means it wasn’t built for speed.

I just wish we had more answers than questions. : /


LaVita November 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I believe that God chose who He knew would choose Him! The bible says the wages (payment) of sin is death! So no matter how good we are we can’t pay that debt without the blood of Jesus who knew no sin but became sin for us. The devils job is to steal( joy, hope, etc) kill (drugs, pornography, etc & destroy and I think he does that well we can’t fight the spirit with the flesh we have to fight in the spiritual realm prayer, fasting, seeking God. I mean really would you want someone serving you that you had to force to love you? I know I wouldn’t god is the same way the bible says that it’s not His will that anyone shall perish but all come to repentance but if we don’t receive His gift of salvation He’s not gonna make us but must know that with that comes the consequence of standing before God with no payment ie salvation for our sins for the wages of sin is death


Sarah November 11, 2013 at 7:25 am

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your article. The LORD has used your article n made me realize in my soul that He is always there n that i hv hope. Not just words but actually lightening d burden, depression and sadness I felt. Don’t know how to express but thought I’d thank u fr writing this article.

God bless and may u also b encouraged.


Jack Wellman November 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thank you so much Sarah. You have been an encouragement to me indeed. When people end their lives, they are putting a period where God intends to put a comma. I appreciate your testimony and believe it will help many who are struggling with depression. I thank God for your testimony.


LaVita November 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

To me I don’t claim to be an expert on the bible but what I do know is suicide is a selfish act and to me it’s telling God I don’t like how long it’s taking you so I’m gonna handle it! The bible does teach us that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow if we can’t change one hair on our head so for me and I’ve fought with major depression but I realized it was because I didn’t follow biblical principles and when I did depression left! I guess all I’m saying is if you could make it to heaven by taking your life do you realize how many Christians would be dead right now when we live by our own laws we have to be judged by Gods and if you’re truly born again there is a still small voice when your in your darkest hour ( I’ve been there) that will let you know God wouldn’t be pleased cast all of your cares upon Him for He cares for you was how I was comforted


Tom Nathe November 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Please allow me to subscribe to your site. Thank you.


Jack Wellman November 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hello Mr. Nathe. Thank you for your kind words sir. About half way up to the webpage there is a place to get a free eBook and this puts you on our subscription list. Thanks….


SamanthaMackie December 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Hey Jack! Please can you reply?
My father committed suicide when I was just a baby so I never met him. My grandma told me that he was a believe and christian. I hope and pray he is in heaven, but no one knows except God.
Also, when I was younger around the age of 5 I can remember seeing scary things, I know it was not a dream because I can remember it being 15 years ago. I remember waking up from my bed and seeing a 3 foot tall headless man figure holding an axe. I remember running to my brothers room and going on the top bunk bed and it was following me, I then ran to my mothers bedroom telling her that that scary figure was following me and my mom just told me to go back to bed. I was terrified especially being so young. I didn’t go to church until I was about 7 years old and that was when I was in foster care. Also when I was about 13 years old I went to a friends house and my friend would talk about ghost. I know they don’t exist now, but when I was 13 I was gullible. Well, my 2 friends were saying that her house was haunted and we went outside and saw a tall figure leaning against the fence, pure white from head to toe and cloud like. we ran back to the house. I pray that I never ever experience anything like that again because now I know it was evil. Why do we also sometimes have nightmares?

Does the bible say anything about dreams or nightmares or about seeing abnormal things? Now that I an born again and accept Jesus I am not scared anymore and now I know to not care about that bad stuff.


Jack Wellman December 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

The Bible talks about dreams but not about nightmares. I would pray just before bed and also read some Scriptures for we often go to bed with those things on our mind that we last reflected on. Have you spoken with your pastor about this? What did he say? I would tell him but nightmares happen to everyone and their significance is not important at all. Thanks for your question Samantha.


Brenda May 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

Dear Friends, If you are considering committing suicide, DON’T. I will never forget the words from my brother-in-law when he called me early one Monday morning. ” Joe committed suicide last night.”
My world changed forever and so did her children’s lives. I am a Christian and am married to a Baptist minister. My sister was a Christian and very active in her church. She was mentally ill and kept it hid from the outside world. We had spent the weekend together at a family function. I spent the whole weekend with her, traveled in a car with her and slept in a motel with her and I had no idea that when she brought me home that she was never gonna visit me again. She was served with divorce papers when she got home that Sunday night. She kept taking her itching pills until she died. She didn’t sign the divorce papers. I believe that when she was dying that God sent angels to attend to her and they carried her to him. She may have lost some rewards but she did a great ministry for her Lord, while she was living.
Even though she is in heaven and she was mentally ill, it is still so hard because she took her own life and I had no idea that she was going to do so. Please struggle on and don’t take your own life. Jesus loves you and will take you when it is time.


Cherie June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Thank you Brenda for your comment. I believe too that your friend Joe was carred by angels to be with the Lord Jesus. My Mama committed suicide on January 1st, 2011 and I have struggled so much worrying and missing her and sometimes feeling fear maybe, though she was a born again Christian, that suicide could make someone lost, but I don’t believe that could possibly be true, for my Mama loved Jesus so much and served Him all her life until she was in too much pain to go further. God Bless You and all those who have lost friends and loved ones to suicide. And yes, please, those contemplating it get help, and don’t give up, Jesus loves you, and it will hurt your loved ones more than you’ll ever know.


Mora December 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Here is a question. What if the person is a born-again/blood bought saved Christian, and they trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death burial and resurrection, His blood, Him and Him alone for eternal life and are thus 100 percent eternally secure, but, this person is depressed, they are sick and tired of living in a sinful world that hates Christians, and, while this person preaches, gives out tracts, and tries to see people saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, and loves other Christians, hates living in this world, and wants to go home to Heaven faster…but….would not directly commit suicide, but rather, decides to eat very unhealthy foods (ie scarf down junk food) with the motivation to make themselves have a heart attack or cancer, and die? But see, they are not directly taking a knife or pills or shooting themselves, or jumping off a bridge, rather, they are increasing the odds if you will of getting a heart attack or cancer, so they will die?

Also, what if the said person intentionally puts themselves in a position, say, preaching to people who they figure so hate the Gospel, that those people will react by killing them, so they can go to Heaven faster? Would Jesus consider the second case to be a legitimate Martyr’s death to receive a martyr’s crown reward, or does He look at their desire to go home to Heaven faster this way as a negative thing? Remember: Salvation and Heaven is a gift, not a reward. Rewards are for the believers’ works.

Example: Say I hate living on this Earth and I don’t want to spend more decades living on it, and I want to go to heaven. And say I then take my Bible and buy a ticket to a Muslim country, and go there, and just start preaching “The LORD JESUS CHRIST IS GOD THE SON AND THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN! BELIEVE ON HIM AND YOU WILL BE SAVED! MUHAMMAD WAS A LIAR AND A FALSE PROPHET AND IS BURNING IN HELL! TURN TO JESUS!” knowing the Muslims will shoot or behead him….and while there will be a bit of pain..he will soon within minutes be in Heaven. Would God consider this to be legitimate, if he is INTENTIONALLY SEEKING TO BE MARTYRED BY THE MUSLIMS?


Jack Wellman December 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I do see your point but I see no precedence in the Scriptures where they sought out persecution just to get to heaven sooner. What people do to end their lives God intends to make it a comma and not a period. No one can be like Christ without suffering like Christ but not to the same extent of course. To get to heaven faster, is that not a selfish motive? Isn’t it better to be a witness for the gospel for as long as possible. I do know that some who jumped out of the fires during the twin towers of 911 where Christians and basically committed suicide but that was a very extreme reason. Did anyone suffer like Christ yet He too the full measure of all the suffering as part of the penalty of ours sins. What if Christ had thought this way and just sought persecution and they killed Him by stoning? Or like Paul and John the Baptist by beheading? Nowhere in the Bible are we told to seek out persecution. God has the privilege of taking the life because He is the Author of Life but even so, yes, there are extreme cases of people suffering from inoperable and incurable illness or disease that produces great waves of suffering however this different that just ending one’s life because some one hates living on the earth.


Chloe7 May 22, 2015 at 4:58 am

Who does that? Surely it’s because of people’s personal terrible suffering where you cannot face the day in front of you, where you have so much pain that to breath is suffering, people who are being abused non stop and there is is no outcome no matter what the experts say about getting out..


Mora December 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

And by the way, the above question was pure hypothetical. I am not saying I am doing that. I am just wanting some answers on how God would view that sort of behavior. Thank you and God bless you for the encouraging website. And anyone, please, Jesus wants us to live even if we are struggling and suffering. The worst that can happen to a Christian is bad stuff happening to our temporary physical body. Either you can end up homeless, locked up in prison/jail, raped/tortured/killed. Now, these are all bad things, yes, but they are temporary and physical. If you are a Christian then Jesus will vindicate you for all bad things done to you, say if you are thrown into prison or murdered for preaching and believing the Gospel. You get a martyr’s crown reward in Heaven. And homeless you can always find some services, and if you die you go to Heaven as a born again Christian. A few minutes, hours, and years in Heaven will make up for all of that.


Lofty January 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Can someone explain this to me? I don’t understand. Nobody can enter heaven without being saved and some say you can’t go to heaven if you kill yourself. I have a problem with both of these. First let me say I am not judging God, I am a moron in comparison and can’t possibly understand God’s plan yet I naturally have questions. What if someone kills themselves because of other people which is ultimately why a lot of people do – we don’t get the help, love, whatever we need on earth. Maybe we were bullied, tormented, beaten, abused, neglected, whatever. Usually this is over years or a lifetime. So someone kills themself and the person or people who led to them doing it later accept Jesus as their Lord and savior. What happened to what they did? They get a pass into heaven and the person who committed suicide doesn’t? That doesn’t make sense and hardly seems fair. Vengeance is the Lords I get that, but this still doesn’t seem right. If it is how it is it just proves how meaningless this life is and flawed it is. But it also shows how in my humble opinion a good person who killed themself shouldn’t be judged or sentenced to hell for eternity due to them not getting what they needed on earth. They also could have accepted Jesus. Does being saved automatically mean you could never commit suicide? I hope this makes a little bit of sense to someone. I’m just someone trying to make sense of this crazy world!


Jack Wellman January 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Thank you Lofty for your comment and I do understand your being puzzled over this. That is why God’s grace is so amazing. It is my great desire and passion that you too will come to saving faith in Christ and I can meet you someday in the kingdom. I was a former drug addict and dealer, a thief and in prison but God set me free, forgave my past, and now I am on mission to take as many men and women to heaven as I can and I beg you to consider believing in Jesus Christ. He died for you too showing His love for those of us who don’t deserve it. God will avenge all wrong, yes, but will forgive all wrongdoers.


jacob Eagleshield March 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Religious issues aside,Suicide is the easy way out,and it is the most selfish of acts. No thought for the torture of those you leave behind,only your own self pity.
I am a 75 year old widower,who has recently lost his wife.
We were both sixteen when we were married,and had eight children together, we were as they say,’attached at the hip. We were together 24-7 as we ran a small business together.
If I said that I did not contemplate following her,by my own hand,I would be lying. The only things that stopped me were how I would disgrace her memory,and the pain I would leave my children and grandchildren. Instead,to honor her,I took a job as a volunteer fund raiser for the Susan G Koheman foundation. I am not a religious man,so I can’t speak to that aspect of the subject(If you will pardon that) I only know that I have an obligation to honor my darling girls life for as long as I am still breathing. Take that for what it is worth,if anything


Jack Wellman March 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I think you are exactly right Mr. Eagleshield. I am glad you are being useful in life by being a volunteer for such a fine of a foundation as the Susan G. Koheman foundation and you are right, it leaves so much hurt behind.


Genesis May 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

My youth leader told me that if a Christian kills themselves they will go to hell because They didn’t repent of that sin


Jack Wellman May 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

What people say doesn’t matter. What God says does matter. I would rather believe the Bible (read Romans 8:37-39) and all of Romans 8 and John 10:28-29 etc. Your youth leader and the Bible; which is more reliable? That’s a terrible thing for him to say.


Genesis May 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

That is what I thought if killing yourself is death and it says that not even death can separate then suicicde is not the way to go to hell. I mean he says it has to do with repentance, where is it if you killed yourself you need to repent in order to ask for forgiveness and people are going to wonder if their repentance is good enough.


Jack Wellman May 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Jesus said, as His first words in His ministry “Repent and believe the gospel” and not repent and believe and repent again and again. It is singular and not in the aorist form of the Greek which means it is ongoing…both are a once and for all. That’s like saying repent and believe, then we sin and we repent again and again…we believe only one time and we repent. Nowhere does it say that we need to keep on repenting anymore than it ever says are saved again and again. The word repent means to turn around, forsake your sins, go the other way and if you do this more than once, you’ve made a 360 turn, which is ridiculous. Make sense Genesis? What about someone who was saved and sinned just before they died in a car crash. Say they lied to their spouse and then, suddenly they died in a fatal car crash. Surely since they didn’t have time to repent they wouldn’t be damned would they? That would seem contrary to whoever believes HAS (a present possession) eternal life. If they hadn’t had time to repent before they died and went to hell, did they really ever have “eternal life?” See my point?


steven June 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Not entirely true all the churches in Revelation were told to repent. James 4:8 is calling Christians to repent. 2 Corinthians 12:21 is talking about Christians who did not repent of sins that they practiced (in context I presume that it is meaning after they initially repented and became members of the church) But ya, repentance over every sin I don’t believe is necessary, however if you get caught in a situation where you blew it and need to get on your knees and beg for forgiveness because the Holy Spirit laid it on your heart. Then ya, you better repent.

Chloe7 May 22, 2015 at 4:55 am

Don’t do it – people need you even if not for yourself. Stick it out. But Samson I reckon committed suicide and so did King Saul??? I reckon they are snugly in heaven. We were preached to in the 80’s and 90’s that terrible times are coming and unfortunately I am also living it, but I never thought Christians would bail left right and centre.


Imscaredillgodown May 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

I’m scared I’ll go to hell for saying bad words, and that’ll be judged on Judgement Day. I’ve prayed to the LORD and Jesus Christ, but I still feel like I can hear the screams in hell, or if it’s just my imagination… I need help…


Jack Wellman May 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Hello and thank you for your comment “Imscaredillgodown.” My first question is have you spoken with your own pastor about this? If not, why not? How much do you read your Bible? Daily? Not much? Doubt will keep you out of the Bible, the Bible will keep you out of doubt. I would read Romans chapter 8 and then start in the gospel of John. God forgives ALL of our sins and when we confess them, He cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It is your imagination or the Devil trying to make you feel condemned but “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). Talk to your pastor, stay in Romans 8 and the Gospel of John and maybe start in John chapter 6 and 10. No one can ever out-sin the cross. Jesus died for ALL of our sins.


justmealone June 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I am going to commit suicide next week when the bank forecloses on my house. I can’t wait to go on to the next world!


Jack Wellman June 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I am so sorry this is happening to you. For one thing, you had better be 100% absolutely certain that you have had a time in your life where you have repented and trusted in Christ or you will be forever or eternally separated from God and no chance of repenting…if are not absolutely sure you are born again. In any case, I beg you first to call the suicide prevention hotline. We Care About You! Call 888-667-5947888-667-5947 FREE or E-mail
9pm to 1am (every night) and 11am to 1pm (Monday and Wednesday mornings) Central Time

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If you have a relative or dear friend have them call a Doctor for you and take you to an appointment.

God loves you. He knew you before you were born and will call you to the eternal home in His time. It is not your choice to end your life. God has a plan for you.

Also, after that, call your pastor. Are you connected to a Bible-believing church? If you do this and you are not really saved, you face the wrath of God for all eternity with no hope of ever escaping. Our hearts go out to those who have thoughts of ending their own lives through suicide. If that is you right now, it may speak of many emotions, such as feelings of hopelessness and despair. You may feel like you are in the deepest pit, and you doubt there is any hope of things getting better. No one seems to care or understand where you are coming from. Life just is not worth living…or is it?

If you will take a few moments to consider letting God truly be God in your life right now, He will prove how big He really is, “for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Perhaps scars from past hurts have resulted in an overwhelming sense of rejection or abandonment. That may lead to self-pity, anger, bitterness, vengeful thoughts, or unhealthy fears that have caused problems in some of your most important relationships.

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, no matter how bad things are in your life, there is a God of love who is waiting for you to let Him guide you through your tunnel of despair and out into His marvelous light. He is your sure hope. His name is Jesus. This Jesus, the sinless Son of God, identifies with you in your time of rejection and humiliation. The prophet Isaiah wrote of Him in Isaiah 53:2-6, describing Him as a man who was “despised and rejected” by everyone. His life was full of sorrow and suffering. But the sorrows He bore were not His own; they were ours. He was pierced, wounded, and crushed, all because of our sin. Because of His suffering, our lives can be redeemed and made whole. Friend, Jesus Christ endured all this so that you might have all your sins forgiven. Whatever weight of guilt you carry, know that He will forgive you if you humbly receive Him as your Savior. “…Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…” (Psalm 50:15). Nothing you have ever done is too bad for Jesus to forgive. Some of His choicest servants committed gross sins like murder (Moses), murder and adultery (King David), and physical and emotional abuse (the apostle Paul). Yet they found forgiveness and a new abundant life in the Lord. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, God stands ready to repair what is “broken,” namely, the life you have now, the life you want to end by suicide. In Isaiah 61:1-3, the prophet wrote, “The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

Come to Jesus, and let Him restore your joy and usefulness as you trust Him to begin a new work in your life. He promises to restore the joy you have lost and give you a new spirit to sustain you. Your broken heart is precious to Him: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:12, 15-17).

Will you trust in the Lord as your Savior and Shepherd? He will guide your thoughts and steps—one day at a time—through His Word, the Bible. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6). In Christ, you will still have struggles, but you will now have hope. He is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you in your hour of decision.

If you desire to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, speak these words in your heart to God: “God, I need you in my life. Please forgive me for all that I have done. I place my faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He is my Savior. Please cleanse me, heal me, and restore my joy in life. Thank You for Your love for me and for Jesus’ death on my behalf.”


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