I completely understand where you're coming from, and those are some very good points. I do want to draw some attention to some aspects that at one
time when I was investigating the whole suicide issue didn't immediately come to me.
- It violates the Ten Commandments.
Indeed -- you are murdering someone. Is murder unforgivable? Nope. Bible says it can be forgiven. However, if you haven't repented of it, which, when
you kill your self (if it's instant) you can't do, does God forgive you? He does, as you've forgiven others. So if you've sought God's heart in
your reaction to others' sin or perceived sin against you (we, in our fallen condition, cannot, it seems, become perfectly like Christ, but seeking
to be like Him causes Him to meet us, and forgiveness is the same way), then your sin is covered by Christ's blood.
- Suicide usurps the power that belongs only to God.
One could make a case that any sin does exactly that. One could also make a case that God is pretty well aware of the worst things you could possibly
do and has planned around that. When God says something's going to happen, it's going to happen, no matter what you do. You don't have the power to
subvert God's will.
- A person who commits suicide short-circuits God's will for his or her life.
And yet, God knew you could and did do that, and has said that He will use all
(emphasis mine) things for the good of those who love Him
(Romans 8:28), which, since the Bible says it, must mean that that includes your sin, as hard as that is to fathom.
- It is an expression of lack of faith. Philippians 4:19 states, "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ
Jesus." This applies to financial needs and emotional and physical needs.
As is so much else, yet God honored the man who said, "I believe, help my unbelief". God knows our faith is not complete, and He seeks to refine us.
Yet, He knows we sin, and every sin, no matter how small we consider it, is a lack of faith. Christ's blood covers that.
- Suicide is an act of selfishness.
Indeed it is. So are theft, envy, hatred, and lust. Yet, those are not so selfish Christ's blood cannot cover them.
- It hurts the cause of Christ.
Does it? See Romans 8:28. Have you ever been confronted by a sin someone committed and its repercussions turned you away from a smaller sin of your
own? Have you ever sinned yourself and the results pushed you closer into Christ?
If God's Word is true, and He said that He uses all things for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to the purpose of His will,
we have to assume that He uses all things, not just most things, for the good of those who love Him. Our sin doesn't help Him by any means, and it
does grieve Him. It seems, at least from my interpretation of scripture, it could hinder His timing, but He's going to use it, and He's going to use
There was a man who did great evil in the eyes of the Jews as well as the Romans. His name has been lost to history, but the hatred expressed toward
him never will. He was a thief, he went against God, he had little or no faith. He was killed for that. Yet nailed there on the cross next to Jesus,
he asked Christ to remember him. How many people have been saved from death through those last words of faith by a man we know nothing about except
that he was a thief.
God's will be done, no matter how much we seek to hinder it through our rebellion, be that hatred, sectarianism, theft, adultery, or self murder. His