What is the eternal destination of a person who commits suicide? People contemplating suicide have asked this question as well as relatives and friends of those who killed themselves.
Last year I was called to preach the funeral of a friend who committed suicide. After a few introductory remarks, I said, “Let’s discuss what people are thinking: What is the eternal destination of a person who commits suicide?”.
Notice three people in the Bible who killed themselves :
- Samson (Judges 16:25-31).
- King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5).
- Judas (Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:15-25).
I find no statement of the eternal destination of King Saul.
There is an indication that Judas was lost when Peter says that “Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:25).
However, Samson is in the list of suicides and he is also in the list of the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. After recalling their victories and painful experiences, the writer states, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us” (Hebrews 11:39, 40). Samson is in the group of Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others. He is one of the “great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1.
So, my answer to this question, as well as other questions about people’s destiny who have died is, “Jesus told me not to tell you.”
Jesus said in John 5:22: “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.” God, our heavenly Father, will not judge one person. All judgment has been given to Jesus. Therefore, I won’t comment on something that’s none of my business. I’m not qualified and it’s not my job.
In the funeral, I observed, “Since Jesus will take care of the judging of our friend and He will do a good job of that, let’s spend our time today remembering the ways he helped and encouraged us.” He was a man who was especially helpful to me since I have been in interim ministry. He watched our house as if he owned it. He inspected it after each storm and called us with a report. When we were back in Nashville and he saw us, he inquired about how we were doing and when we would be back.
We may have opinions about another’s destiny but Jesus will have the final word on judgment day.
Our opportunity is to minister to those hurt and are sad by the loss of a loved one.
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