Can A Christian Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven?


Lately, in the news, there have been an assistant pastor, a pastor’s son, and other Christians who have committed suicide. Some Christians say that they are in heaven, others that they are in hell. The question is, where are they and what exactly does the Bible say about suicide?

Where do the thoughts of suicide come from? 

Judas Betrayed Jesus

John 13:21 When Jesus had said this, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, “Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me.”

John 13:27 After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 

John 18:2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 

John 18:3 Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 

Matthew 27:5 He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He went away and hanged himself. 

Judas suicidal thoughts came from Satan who was making him feel guilty for betraying an innocent man who at first convinced him to betray Jesus. The only way out is to commit suicide, words being whispered into the ears of Judas by Satan. That is Satan’s tactic, he will use you then discard you. 

Can demons convince a Christian to actually commit suicide?

1 Corinthians 1:8 who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jude 1:24 Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy

The promise of Scripture is that Jesus Himself will keep the believers’ faith strong until the end. The word suicide suggests hopelessness, one who has no faith.  

Revelation 21:8 But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 

The Scripture very clearly states that murderers cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven but, will be cast into the Lake of Fire, away from God’s presence. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

The body and spirit, does not belong to the believer for they were bought with the blood of Christ on the cross. Believers have no right to destroy their body by suicide in any shape or form.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 16 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are. 

In 1 Corinthians 3 states that if a person murders a Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit, the murderer will be destroyed [cast into hell] by God. The question then becomes, how can a Christian destroy [commit suicide] if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in him? If he does then the Scripture says that God will destroy him. But, we know that God will keep us in right standing with Him until the end, He will keep our faith strong [1 Peter 1:5]. 

Suicidal thoughts are not self-generated but comes from an outside source. A person’s mind is equipped with self-preservation. Jesus said that Satan only comes to kill and to destroy. 

Suicide is murder and shows no faith but hopelessness while a person with Christ, has hope. Through Christ, we will overcome any satanic attack because our strength comes from the Lord. A “Christian” who commits suicide never had the Holy Spirit living inside of him in the first place and has been defeated by the enemy, convincing him to commit self-murder. The Scripture is very clear on the issue, a person who has committed suicide shows that they are still from the world and are dead in their sins but those who are born again have overcome the world. 


23 thoughts on “Can A Christian Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven?

  1. There seems to be differing opinions on this. Catholics say suicide is an automatic ticket to hell cos you can’t confess to a priest and get forgiveness. Christians who believe salvation cannot be lost say it is not. I’m one who believes in the eternal security of the believer. Even a true believer, if in enough physical or mental misery, is able to commit suicide. I’ve felt agonized enough to think about it or wished for a stray bullet to take me out. If a true believer will go to hell if they commit suicide, then salvation can be lost and that’s not what I believe the Bible teaches. Jesus atoned for that sin, also. It’s very easy to condemn those who commit suicide when you yourself aren’t in physical agony. Are you totally sure you wouldn’t consider it? I’m not willing to dogmatically state that true Christians who have killed themselves are in hell. If they are, eternal security is a false doctrine and you may not believe it is but I don’t. The Bible says Jesus won’t lose anything that belongs to him. Anyway, just my thoughts. Because of my health problems, I now understand how people could consider suicide. I may not ever have the nerve to do it but I’ve sure thought about it.


  2. Meant to say you may believe eternal security is false but I don’t. I believe salvation is forever.


  3. You have a lot of false assumptions about my stands in eternal security. That makes me believe that you did not read my post completely and rushed through it. You should reread it again. A true Christian cannot commit suicide because God will help him or her overcome. If they claim to be a Christian and do commit suicide then that person never was saved in the first place. Please read the verses I provided in my post and analyze what the Scripture declares. Thank you for your comments.


  4. So anyone who commits suicide, regardless of how committed they were and how far they got in their walk with God, automatically goes to hell?

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  5. Hello Elliot, I appreciate your comment and visit. I hope my answer helps to answer your question.

    They don’t go to hell because they committed suicide. They go to hell because they never had Jesus in their heart in the first place. You see, the evidence of genuine faith is seen through one’s life. When a Christian goes through a hard time mentally, his/her faith keeps that individual from suicide or anything that would harm them or others. Anyone can say they have faith, but the question becomes, do they walk the talk?

    I could give you two examples very quickly without going into great detail.

    You have two men who were attacked by Satan in the New Testament. Their names are Peter and Judas. The Scripture says that Jesus prayed for Peter’s faith not to fail, but Jesus didn’t pray for Judas’ faith because he had none. Both men betrayed Jesus in one way or another. But, only one man committed suicide, and that was Judas, while Peter recovered through his genuine faith.

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  6. We don’t know how strong another person’s faith is in God. It’s very possible that person’s faith was stronger than ours and that we wouldn’t have done as he did in his situation.

    If Abraham hypothetically committed suicide, I don’t think God would just forget about the Biblical patriarch’s many years of faithful service to him and just throw him to hell.


  7. So a student who was relentlessly bullied in school or a special forces soldier suffering PTSD committed suicide, would they go to hell?


  8. Every human has a physical and mental breaking point where he or she is simply not able to take any more before he shatters


  9. We shouldn’t sh9t all over somebody’s name and reputation just because he chose to end his life.


  10. the bible plainly states that once we are Christians our body and soul does not belong to us,, it belongs to God ,, why would a true Christian want to commit suicide,? a Bible believing Christian will not have those thoughts if they keep their mind on Jesus,, we got to keep focused on Jesus not the things around us.. even though all sins are forgiven True Christians can not destroy their own body because they love the Lord and follow after him..
    1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 16 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are.
    Jude 1:24 Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy
    if a true Christian loves Jesus and wants to be faithful to him, that Christian will not commit suicide
    ‘ the trick to that is, keeping focused on Jesus at all times,, read the bible, talk to Jesus throughout your day,, sing to him ,, telling him you love him study the word of God, he will give a True Christian wisdom if they only ask him ,, I know he has given me wisdom ,, it brings sorrow for the loss but God gives you strength to go on each day,, get up and talk to Jesus in the morning ,, he loves that ,,

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