What Is Love? The Truth

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 

God’s sacrificial love through Jesus Christ is seen on the cross. He took our sentence of death because of His love for us and He gave us the Truth [God’s purpose and plan] to set us free. 

John 8:32

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 

Many people didn’t like my post: “Can A Christian Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven?”

I know that it was a very hard topic to tackle, but it was Biblical and most importantly, the truth. 

When Christians say that a person who commits suicide can still go to heaven, they are making a person who is suicidal to actually end his life for a better one. The reality is that it is wrong, false and unbiblical to teach that.

Jesus came to give us hope and life, to value others and the life He has given us. Jesus gave us life to accomplish His will and to love others with the message of hope [The Gospel]. The thing is that when Jesus becomes our Lord and Savior, nothing can take that hope from us.

Romans 8:35-37 

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
36 Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 
37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 

Can oppression [suicidal thoughts] take us away from the love of Christ? No. Verse 35 does not say that if we give in to that thought, we will be saved, but with the context, it is saying that we will not give in to that sin because Jesus’ love for us will not allow us to be defeated as verse 37 says that we are more than conquerors. 

Some topics of Scripture are hard to talk about, but as followers of Jesus, we are obligated to teach the whole instruction of God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that the Truth of God’s Word can set people free. We must tell and warn people not to commit suicide but that there is a way out, through faith in Jesus Christ which will make them overcome any obstacle. 

1Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

Christians are going to suffer physical and emotional pains, but our hope is in Jesus Christ who will never abandon us while we go through our tribulations. That is my hope. 

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Can A Christian Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven?

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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.