This is an uncomfortable topic for many people. Many people believe what our priest, pastor, reverend says. Or maybe we believe what our parents taught us. I encourage everyone who wonders about this topic to take the time to form your own opinion and please don’t ride on the coat tails of what someone else has said – unless that someone is God Himself 🙂
After years of classes and research here is what I believe:
Dying by suicide does NOT automatically mean someone is not in heaven.
Ultimately God is our perfect judge. He is perfectly holy, perfectly righteous, perfectly merciful, and perfectly loving. He cannot allow sin in His presence. A holy God just can’t do that. AND being the merciful, perfect lover of our souls that He is He has offered us the opportunity to have a restored relationship with Him. He sent His Son to live a perfect life and die the ultimate death so we could be acceptable in God’s presence. Accept this free gift today, my friend. Please!
“God I’m selfish, I don’t like people – they irritate me, I want to do what I want. I know deep down I’m so far from the person you want me to be. God, thank you for making a way for me to still be with You for eternity. Thank you for sending your Son. I’m no bible scholar and I confess I don’t even want to be. But I do know I’m not perfect and I need your Son’s death to count as my payment for falling short of Your perfection.”
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life- giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”
Suicide is wrong. It is a sin. Praise God for sending His Son to pay for ALL our sins. Past, present AND future. You can accept this sacrifice – this gift – on a personal level.
What if I don’t think my loved one made that personal decision? Or what if he suffered from a mental disease that kept him from thinking clearly? How does God look at that situation? I don’t know. I do know God loves my son even more than I do. I did not know Drey’s state of mind – God did. And I know He is Holy, fair and LOVING. I am confident my son is with God in heaven even now… as I type.
I realize not everyone believes what I believe. My hope is that if you’re grieving the loss of someone close to suicide that you’ll still share my journey – and share yours – on this blog. Going it alone is too hard.
Some biblically based resources concerning suicide are included here. I’ll add to this as I discover more so check back from time to time. And feel free to make recommendations!
May 25, 2015 The Question of Suicide
December 28, 2014 Suicide: The Impact on Believers – broadcast by Dr Charles Stanley: http://www.intouch.org/watch/lifes-challenges/suicide-the-impact-on-believers. *Also – download the sermon notes while on this web page*
March 8 2015 Truth: Part 2 https://stillasoutherngal.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/truth-part-2/
Hope for the Broken Hearted: https://www.hopeforthebrokenhearted.com/suicide-and-heaven4 Comments
AMEN! THIS IS SO IMPORTANT…THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING AND THE INFO…..
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next post thank you once again.
Can I simply say what a comfort to find someone that really understands what they’re discussing
on the internet. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and
make it important. A lot more people must look at this and understand this side of
the story. I was surprised you are not more popular since you certainly possess the gift.
I’m so glad you found my post helpful in some way. Thank you for sharing. In our case it was our nephew. He was 14. Suicide ripples from the center, affecting everyone. Bless you for taking on such an issue. Many prayers ~ Rikki