Just this morning, I began reading a post by Anna Diehl over at The Pursuit of God. While reading through the beginning of her post, Anna had this to say regarding suicide:
“The popular notion that we can commit suicide whenever we like and thus control when and how we die is a complete scam. The reality is that most suicide attempts get botched by God. Those that do succeed only succeed because the timing and methodology chosen coincide with His will.”
I have to admit, as a person who has struggled with suicidal thoughts and has also had his handful of friends commit suicide in the past 28 years, that hit me hard, for one reason: suicide is not a part of God’s will.
I want to briefly explore suicide and the thought process behind it and then look briefly at what the Bible says regarding death.
My Experience with Suicide
Like I said, for quite some time, I have struggled with thoughts of suicide. When I was first arrested and awaiting trial while staying with my parents, the thought of suicide was a constant companion, and I had plenty of ways to do it, too.
Satan continually lied to me regarding my life, telling me I was worthless and that my family and friends would be better off without me. It was quite the lie, and it has almost worked. And not only did it almost work then, but it almost worked recently when I thought my wife and I would lose everything we’ve had.
What is Suicide?
In truth, suicide is humanity’s way of saying, “I don’t care what God or whatever higher power is in control has in store for me. I don’t care if my life could get better. I don’t care if I could live to do great things. My life sucks right now and I’m better off dead.”
Suicide is the ultimate rejection of God’s will for our lives. It truly is a person doing what every person who rebels against God truly wants to do: take complete control of their life. And what better way to do it then to dictate when and how you are going to die?
I know that there are times when suicide is the result of untreated PTSD, bipolar disorder and other physical and mental issues, but, from my experience, suicide has been chosen as the answer because there seemed to be no other way out. It was the best of all possible choices.
Is Suicide Part of God’s Will?
Suicide is not part of God’s will. Neither, truthfully, is death for anyone. In the book of Ezekiel, God states, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” (18:23)
And later in the same book, God says, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” (33:11)
God doesn’t want anyone to die, no matter the means. If death was desired by God, He would never have sent His Son to make sure that eternal life is possible for His Children.
Please don’t buy into the lie that those who committed or just may commit suicide are only successful because God deemed that they method and timing fit into His will. That is the biggest lie that anyone could ever tell.
Life is precious. If you know someone who is struggling with life and their circumstances, please reach out to them, talk to them, help them, encourage them, comfort them, and, if you feel that they are suicidal, do not leave them alone and call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at:
1 (800) 273-8255
Be someone who saves a life.
For more information, please take a look at Lewis B. Smedes’ article from Christianity Today, Is Suicide Unforgivable?