Suicide and Eternal Life?

Suicide and Eternal Life?

The subject of suicide continues day by day and year by year. In fact, maybe the number is far higher than we imagined. According to one authority, there are now about 47,173 suicides in the United States. [i] In addition, there are about 800,000 suicides in the whole world! [ii] However we look at the subject, massive numbers of people do take their own lives!

Whose who do choose to end their earthly lives may feel as though they have sinned beyond redemption. Others think that life on earth is no longer attractive and, not knowing that they will plunge into an even worse situation, they take their own lives. Many military personnel take their lives as they think about the people they have killed on the battle field or as they think of the wickedness they encounter away from home and in other countries. There are also those who just focus on escaping their own circumstances or pain and give little or no thought about what lies beyond. Of course, there are many other contributing causes to suicide.

Sadly, some people hold mistaken theological grounds for their decision to take their own life. They are told that God does want them to live but, if they should choose to end their physical life, He “understands” and will comfort them beyond the grave. Some of these people are believers in a doctrine of “eternal security” that assures them that eternal life is theirs even if they commit this evil deed. Thus they are encouraged to escape the pain here and trust in the mercy of God beyond the killing here.

We are reminded of this factor as we read a current report entitled, “Magachurch Pastor Jarrid Wilson, Praised for Mental Health Advocacy, Dies by Suicide.” Jarrid was involved in a suicide prevention ministry at Harvest Christian Fellowship with a membership of 15,000 people. This is where Greg Laurie pastors. We read the following:

Open about his battle with depression, Wilson spoke often of his struggles online and in his work as a pastor.

“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts,” Wilson wrote on Twitter shortly before his death. “But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort.”

On social media, family and colleagues mourned Wilson’s death.

“I love you forever, Thomas Jarrid Wilson, but I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest,” Wilson’s wife, Juli, wrote on Instagram. “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it.” (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/megachurch-pastor-jarrid-wilson-known-his-mental-health-advocacy-dies-n1052301).

Further quotations by Jarrid as well as his wife could be added.  The very day of his death was the day that there was a funeral for a woman Jarrid had counseled about suicide!

Very sad are the words of his wife that her husband is in the presence of Jesus and his troubles are over. Further, he had trouble while on earth but not his trials are in the past.

This sort of presentation does highlight the prevailing view today, at least from more liberal, open, accepting, and less Biblical presentations. They seem to hold that this preacher who dared to take his own life was in a better condition now than in the past.

Never mind about what Jay Adams wrote that suicide was perhaps the most selfish act that can be perpetrated! Never mind about what Scripture clearly says: “You know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15b). Never mind about a person selfishly leaving his family, his church, his friends, his wife and children, or the world at large. Yes, it is true: suicide is a wicked, evil, and selfish act that allows a person to leave the mistakes, sins, and troubles of this life but will only plunge a person into eternal and everlasting woe and misery in the afterlife.

Please don’t take your own life! Please don’t murder yourself. Please don’t kill yourself in an attempt to leave your earthly troubles. Jesus invites you to find comfort, peace, and encouragement in Him—and in Him alone (see Matthew 11:28-30).

We also encourage you to read our article, “Should You Take Your Life” 

References

[i] In 2017, there were 47,173 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years. (

https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Suicide_in_the_United_States)

[ii] Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. (https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/)

 

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