Debate:Do ALL suicides go to hell?

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I understand killing yourself is an ultimatum sin. But what about people who suffer from depression? They have a chemical imbalance in their brain that causes them intense grief. They become so helpless they turn to suicide. Would God punish someone for dieing of cancer? Someone who commits suicide from depression is not thinking with a clear mind due to the depression. However, their are those who commit suicide out of cowardice. I believe those who commit suicide to escape punishment are the ones who go to hell. Not the ones who can't mentally control their emotions. -- GordonF 24:05, 15 March 2009.

Just as we don't know who goes to Heaven or hell (that is for Jesus alone to decide), we don't know if all suicides end in hell. The mercy of God's love is not fathomable. All humans are not worthy of God's glory, yet he loves us no matter. I can see instance where a good holy person and mother loses a child to suicide. The Lord would never break her eternal heart saying she must separate her from her beloved offspring in Heaven, because of the evil one's bidding. For all we know, some suicides may end up in Purgatory. This being just a purification stop with a guarantee of Heaven eventually.--jpatt 02:10, 15 March 2009 (EDT)
Strictly speaking, suicide is a mortal sin, but not an unforgivable sin. The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Consequently, I think we have reason to hope that, in at least some cases, suicide is forgiven. --Benp 12:16, 15 March 2009 (EDT)
In the Divine Comedy, only one suicide is shown outside Hell, namely Cato the Younger, who guards the gate of Purgatory. He committed suicide rather than surrender, which the Romans considered a noble act. However, Dante doesn't explain why Cato should escape Hell so the exact reasoning behind his placement is a bit of a mystery, even for scholars.
I forgot about Purgatory jpatt. As for Dante one should remember he was going on the seven vices and came up with it from his imagination. However Dante gave a great perspective. GordonF 18:30, 15 March 2009
I don't think all suicides go to Hell. For example: King Saul, the first king of Israel, falls on his own sword after a horrible defeat and to escape capture by the Philistines. [1] In fact, it doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that committing suicide automatically send you to Hell. As stated above, the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (I think that if the Bible said suicide was okay, lots of people would be killing themselves just to get to Heaven.) -Christopher Solomos 01:09, 20 March 2009 (EDT)
I've heard it said that suicide is a sin because it is the intentional destruction of a gift of God. Not only that, its the intentional destruction of God's greatest gift -- the gift of life itself. Now, if you take the traditional Protestant position that all your sins must be forgiven to avoid Hell, and that you must request forgiveness to receive it, then suicides do go to Hell, because they commit a sin and then die before they could ask forgiveness. (Well, ignoring cases like someone who jumps off a bridge, thinks better of it, and asks forgiveness on the way down.) However, we must ultimately remember that God is a loving God. I don't think God would condemn a person who did not have control over their own actions due to mental illness. I also don't think God would condemn the poor people who chose to jump out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 rather than burn to death.
Nobody would deny that suicide is a sin. However, that does not mean it is unforgivable. If anyone who ever sinned went to hell, then we'd all be there. Gregkochuconn 16:22, 5 June 2011 (EDT)
However, this leads to another question: what about actions that aren't strictly speaking, suicide, but still self-destructive? For instance, the case of someone who "drank himself to death". (The question of whether or not drinking alcohol is a sin in and of itself is an entire new topic....) ArthurA 07:43, 20 March 2009 (EDT)
Couldn't you claim that soldiers who sacrificed themselves to save others committed suicide? God would have to be very strange to condemn them for that show of love. --Helps 11:18, 6 May 2009 (EDT)
I would simply like to point out the Samauri of Japan, who would rather commit suicide than live with any sort of cultural dishonor. EelisA 12:55, 6 May 2009 (EDT)

There's a difference between sacrificing yourself for someone, and merely refusing to live with emotional pain. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 5:13) --Ed Poor Talk 13:03, 6 May 2009 (EDT)

It is my opinion that anyone who commits suicide, with a feeling of complete despair that death seems to be the only solution, that they are not truly thinking clearly, and are thus not held accountable for their action --LincolnShuddered

Yes

I do not think anyone that is Truly a born again Christian can commit suicide. The reason being that the Holy Spirit indwells them, which would disable them from getting to the point of suicide. I believe this applies to people on drugs or with supposed "mental" illnesses. User:Baronvonbob

No

Suicide is no worse than any other sin. John 3:16 doesn't say "unless you commit suicide". CMcFreeze 14:25, 6 February 2010 (EST)

Yes, but not because they committed suicide

I believe that all (they may be some very rare exceptions) people who commit suicide go to hell. Not because they comitted suicide, but because salvation can only be found through Jesus. I don't believe that anybody who is a true and proper Christian could end their own life. Therefore, they go to hell - not because of the sin, but because they are not a true Christian.--Newton 21:18, 26 March 2010 (EDT)

In God's Mercy

God is the one who judges whether someone will be resurrected after committing suicide. As mentioned already, it is a sin that one can't be sorry for because it's too late, but also it is normally based on the feelings related in this psalm. Psalm 51:17. "The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit; A heart broken and crushed , O God, you will not despise."

So ultimately, Jehovah being a God of love will consider all circumstances, and knowing his love and mercy, there is no reason to feel hopeless about a lost loved one by suicide, although there are no guarantees.

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