Anonymous asked: If a christian commits suicide, do they go to hell?
I answered: No.
“He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—” Acts 16:30-31. Period, that is the answer, no additions or footnotes. Paul and Silas give that answer to a man who was about to kill himself. Even so, the answer is not “believe in Jesus, and don’t kill yourself”. They implore him not to commit suicide, because it is a terrible thing, but that is before he asks the question about salvation.
Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Again, no qualifiers. Suicide is horrific. It is an act of desperation and pain and selfishness. I know this because I have had friends and family members take their own lives. It is unspeakably bad. It is not, however, beyond the forgiveness of Christ. And that is the core of your question.
One of the basics at The Bridge is called “breaking down the lie”. Most spiritual issues people have come from a lie they are buying into. Whether it is because someone told them something messed up or that they just believe it inherently. The lie behind this question is “I know Jesus died for our sins…but not the really bad ones right, not the ones we don’t repent of and move past to become shiny happy christians.” That is a lie, and when we drag it out into the light like that, it is a ridiculous lie. The blood of Jesus covers all your sins. End of story. Addictions, abortions, sex, suicides whatever, there is nothing beyond His forgiveness for those who have accepted the offer of eternal life from Him.
Know that, and if anyone tells you something or you have a thought within that contradicts that, find a scripture or a friend or a blog that will drag the lie out into the light and let it die there.