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Suicide - A Christian Perspective continued....

IS SUICIDE A SIN?

This is a theological question, and the spiritual implications of such an act cannot be ignored. There are Christians who have taken their lives, but self-murder is still murder, so it must come under the prohibition of the 6th commandment(6). 'You shall not murder'. It is therefore an offence before Almighty God.

Some may question the 'murder' element in suicide on the grounds of what Jesus said in His sermon-on-the-mount when He inferred that murder was motivated by hate for its victim(7). Such a feeling could not be said to be present in suicide, but it is still the taking of life, even if it is one's own. It is an enormous protest against life, which is the gift of God, and He alone has the right to terminate it. It may also be the result of a total frustration with one's circumstances, but for whatever reason its sinfulness cannot be denied.

It has been said that those who commit suicide, because of its very nature, have no opportunity to repent and seek forgiveness, and while that is true, is not that fact also true of us all (Christians included) who die with any unconfessed sin? This is a challenge to all who have a spiritual concern.

Index to the topic

Suicide - A Christian Perspective
Reasons for Suicide
Attempted Suicides
Is Suicide a Sin?
Preventative Measures

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