SUICIDE – HOW SHOULD WE REGARD IT?
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: Is suicide a serious sin?
Answer: Suicide is a very serious sin, unless it is an act of a more or less mentally ill state of mind, in which event the guilt would be considerably lessened proportionally in the sight of God and men.
Since the greatest gift of God is eternal life, through Christ (Romans 6: 23), we may reason that life in any measure is an inestimable boon, a great privilege. For anyone enlightened by present Truth and possessing the spirit of a sound mind, to contemplate suicide would be unthinkable. Enlightened Christians realize above all others the value of the present life, that it provides a special opportunity for the development of Christlikeness along the lines of Divine instruction.
Enlightened Christians see that the development of Christlikeness is essential to a share in any part of our Heavenly Father’s plan; that whatever would prematurely take away our present life-privileges would be that much working against us and our highest and best interests – our eternal interests (2 Corinthians 4: 18). We have faith to believe that our Heavenly Father will even protect our lives so that nothing could happen to cut them off, up to that point where we shall have had the full privilege and opportunity of developing a Christlike character, and making our calling and election sure (John 10: 27-29). Any attempt on our part to cut short our own present life-privileges would mean not only a rebellion against the Divine will, but also a lack of proper consideration for loved ones and a folly as regards our own interests, except, as said above, the person is under some serious mental delusion.
God’s people, especially those who have the light of present Truth, should be overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation to Him for the privilege of living, especially at such a time as this, as well as the privilege granted to them of making their calling and election sure to a share in the glorious Kingdom of God soon to be set up in the earth. Though, like our Lord Jesus, they may on some occasions be temporarily sorrowful, they should never be despondent (2 Corinthians 4: 8).
There is no antidote for despondency so good as the medicine of God’s Word, with its assurances that Jesus so loved us, that He died for us, that the Father Himself loves us (John 16: 27), that the promises of His great Oath-bound Covenant are ours, that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8: 28).
“Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself” (1 John 3: 3) and has with the glorious hope a ground for true joy, peace, trust and contentment, which the world can neither give nor take away. We cannot think it possible that any of God’s consecrated people (Proverbs 23: 26) (Romans 12: 1), sanctified by the Truth (John 17: 17) and possessed of the spirit of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1: 7), would premeditate suicide.