The Evil of Suicide

Make no mistake about it: suicide has reached epidemic proportion in its practice in the United States. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, has revealed, from carefully researched data, that every 20 minutes someone in this country kills him- or herself. The practice is especially prevalent among teenagers.

The secular society of the times is filled with free time, free drugs, free sex, filthy music, filthy movies, filthy books, and the idea that we are all animals. It, thus, has given people a sense of meaninglessness and, at times, despair. Thus, in moments of crisis they cannot cope. They turn to suicide as the fancied solution.

But that it is not the remedy is made clear by Scripture. All of Scripture is opposed to suicide. See, for example, Gen. 9:5-6; Ex. 20:13; Prov. 6:16-17; and Rom. 13:9.

To practice suicide takes to oneself the authority and power which belongs only to God: that over life and death. Thus, to kill oneself is to intrude into God's exclusive domain.

It is to be observed that the Biblically-recorded cases of suicide never appear in a favorable light. They are all without God's approval. See, for example, 1 Sam. 31:1-6; 2 Sam. 17:23; 1 Kings 16:18; Judges 9:53-54; and Matt. 27:5.

Finally, the word of Paul to the Philippian jailer when the jailer was about to commit suicide speaks directly to the point. "Do thyself no harm!" cried the apostle, "for we are all here" (Acts 16:28).

Suicide is not the answer to one's personal problems. Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it "more abundantly" (John 10:10). Let us, therefore, turn to Him for that life, and for our succor, as He bids us to do (Matt. 11:28). Banner of Truth