Friday, June 20, 2008

Suicide and the Question of True Faith

Yesterday I received a call from a friend who recently found out that his cousin had committed suicide. The question came up (and it probably has crossed your mind before) regarding suicide and salvation. Can a person who commits suicide go to heaven? Or, can a TRULY saved person commit suicide?

These are questions that you may face as you deal with the lose of someone you know or when questions come from friends and relatives.

The short answer to the main question (can they go to heaven) is YES. It is possible. Suicide is not the unpardonable sin.

However, it is important to look more thoroughly at the Scriptures to think rightly on this subject.

I encourage you to read the following two sermons on this subject by Piper:

"A Funeral Meditation for a Christian who Committed Suicide"


"Funeral Message for Luke Kenneth Anderson" (someone I knew when I was at Bethlehem)

Also -- A very help answer to the question can be found by Massimo Lorenzini in this article called-- "Can a Person who Commits Suicide Be Saved?"

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