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There is a part of me that doesn’t want to write this article. Without a doubt, suicide is the most difficult subject for me to discuss because of both emotional and intellectual reasons. On the emotional side, I have deep struggles with depression and reflecting on those days where suicide was always on my mind is absolutely devastating to remember. In addition to that, I have spoken with and walked with so many people in their desire to cease to exist. It always breaks my heart to see another human being like that.

Braeden Storkersen

Braeden Storkersen

On the intellectual side, there are countless debates that are constantly ongoing about whether or not suicide condemns someone to Hell. The logic is that suicide is taking your own, God-given life, and therefore, is a sin worthy of eternal torment.

This is very dangerous territory for me to explore in the form of an article; I fear what some people may take and do with it. Suicide is a very sensitive issue, and I pray that God will guide my words to handle it very cautiously.

I know it is very common for a person to skim these types of writings to get the gist of it, and then move on with their lives. Let me say that if you have opened this article, do not skim it, but rather read it and make sure you understand what I am saying clearly. I do not want what the Bible says on this subject to be misinterpreted.

First off, I want to say that I completely agree when people say that suicide is a sin. After all, sin is anything that misses the mark of how God originally intended for us to live. God desires for us to live our lives for the glory of Him, and taking our life away before God alone chooses to do so is straying from that design.

Here’s where the confusion begins – If suicide is a sin, then shouldn’t it condemn someone to Hell? The answer is: yes and no.

I would completely agree that sin condemns someone to Hell; yet when you examine the big picture, every single human being sins. Nobody is perfect, so nobody is worthy of eternally living with a perfect God. The Bible states clearly that we all sin:

“No one is righteous; no, not even one”

Romans 3:11

Nobody is worthy of Heaven. Every single human being deserves Hell. There’s only one way out of Hell and Jesus states that it is Him.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nobody comes to the Father except through Me.’ “

John 14:6

So my simple answer is that yes, suicide is a sin. Since we are all sinners, we should be condemned to Hell, but if we have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, then He forgives us for our sins.

Going back to the suicide debate, the argument against this is that we can never ask for forgiveness of that sin because we’re already dead. This misses the fact of the matter that when Jesus died on the cross, it covered all of our sins! Jesus’ final words on the cross were, “it is finished.” This means that we don’t have to do a list of things to get in to Heaven, or make sure to ask for forgiveness for every single sin we ever commit. We simply have to look at the cross, and agree with Jesus that His death on the cross covered all our sins, past, present and future. In His death and resurrection, Jesus took what was unforgivable and made it forgivable. It is finished.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

Not even suicide can separate us from God because of Christ’s own self-sacrifice. Before I close this, I want to be absolutely clear that God desires for us to respond to His Son’s death by dying to our old selves, which are our sinful struggles, and striving for a new life of joy and satisfaction in our Creator who is the giver of life.

The last thing that I would want to happen is that a depressed man or woman read this article, realize they can still make it into Heaven after suicide, and decide to go through with it. If that is the vibe you are getting from this article, know that that is not at all what I am trying to say. God created us all for a reason, and God allows everything in our lives to happen for a reason. If you are reading this right now and are suicidal, do not take your life. Rather, seek rest in the God of comfort and His people, the Christian church. There are countless men and women, including myself, who would love to walk with you through this.

If you have had a close friend or relative commit suicide, yet they were Christian, rest assured that they are in Heaven with our Father. There is hope and comfort in the message of the Bible. God died so that we could live both a full life in this life as well as in the next.

1 Comment on Storkersen: Does suicide condemn someone to Hell?

  1. I completely agree with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to address such as difficult topic with compassion and tact. As someone who’s lost a loved one through suicide, I very much appreciate it.

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