SUICIDE WITHOUT DEATH!!! WHAT DOES BIBLE SAY ABOUT SUICIDE?
In the year 2000, it was reported that approximately one million (1,000,000) people died by suicide: a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds!
Suicide is a global human problem. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the world. Approximately, there are about a million suicides worldwide every year. Suicide takes place in all regions of the world. Suicide has existed and been committed for centuries as far as humanity is concerned. But it is stoppable!
Medical News Today documented “Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 years.” Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds globally in 2019 according to World Health Organization (WHO) report.
The effects of suicide in human history are disastrous. In human history, suicide happens throughout the human existence. John Hewett expressed that “suicide is a singular act with plural effect. One persons’ act of suicide can throw hundreds of others into shock and grief.” Between 100 million and 600 million people are considered to have experienced suicide bereavement every year! Zero tolerance for suicide is possible.
A massive effort should be in place, to reduce and stop suicide mortality in the world through prevention resources to prevent suicidal persons from taking their own life.
WHAT DOES BIBLE SAY ABOUT SUICIDE?
What is the opposite of joy? It is sorrow.
What is the opposite of evil? It is good.
God is good all the time! While evil (Satan) is bad all the time!! Everything God does is very good – Genesis 1:31 KJV “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good….” In this scripture, the two words “very good” means “excellent”. That is, our God is excellent! – Isaiah 12:5 KJV “Sing unto the Lord; for he (the Lord God) hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.”
Evil brings sorrow to the people while good brings joy to the people, even the presence of God is fullness of joy – Psalms 16:11 KJV “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Joy produces pleasure while sorrow produces displeasure/unhappiness/sadness/depression.
The product of the good of God is the joy of the Lord to people while the product of the evil is sorrow (grief) – Nehemiah 8:10 KJV “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The fruit of the good of the Holy Spirit is joy in the heart of people while the fruit of the evil of Satan (the devil) is sorrow in the heart of people – Galatians 5:22 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is…joy….”
Since the opposite of joy is sorrow, and suicide brings sorrow (never joy) to the loved ones left behind by the suicide victim, therefore suicide is evil. Suicide is not from God at all but from the spirit of death by Satan – John 10:10 KJV “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” The word “thief” in this scripture means “Satan”.
The appearance of suicide is evil and therefore suicide in its entirety is evil. It is evil because suicide brings shock and grief (sorrow) to the loved ones left behind by the suicide victim. The word of God says we should abstain from all appearance of evil, so you are to stay away from suicide – I Thessalonians 5:22 KJV “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Anything that is evil represents sin. Suicide is a sin in the kingdom of God.
WHAT IS SUICIDE?
Suicide is the act of ending one’s own life. It is the self-inflicted death influenced by the evil thought of the evil spirit of death.
In Christianity, one of the strong holds against the knowledge of the word of God (life) is suicide (the act of ending one’s own life – self-inflicted death): 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (suicide); Casting down imaginations ( thought of suicide), and every high thing (evil spirit of suicide) that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God (to die by suicide is a sin), and bringing into captivity every thought (mind of suicide) to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience (the demon responsible for suicide is a spiritual agent of self-inflicted death and you are genuinely born again; and you are ready for the Holy Spirit to deliver you wholly from suicide).”
To everyone as far as suicide is concerned, there is no excuse for suicide at all! You are inexcusable to commit suicide – Romans 2:1 KJV “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man.”
Jesus Christ came to heal the brokenhearted so that we can live a full life – living a purpose driven life: Luke 4:18 NKJV “The Spirit of the Lord (the Holy Spirit) is upon Me (Jesus Christ), because He (God) hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives (suicidal persons), and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Suicide is the captivity for the brokenhearted but the Lord Jesus Christ delivers/saves from suicide and heals suicidal persons.
Even where bad things happen to us, we can guard our hearts by focusing on what God says about our lives from the Holy Bible. The Lord Jesus Christ heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds – those wounds that may give rise to/result in suicide options. Therefore, you are inexcusable to commit suicide – Romans 2:1 KJV “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man.”
THE SEVEN (7) BIBLE CHARACTERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE IN THE BIBLE
In principle and by nature of God (the Life Giver), suicide is a condemnable inhumane act in the Bible. There are about seven (7) bible characters who committed suicide in the Bible. The most notorious suicide is that of King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5 KJV) and Judas (Matthew 27:3-5 KJV). Others are Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Abimelech (Judges 9:50-54 KJV), Samson (Judges 16:23-31 KJV), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23 KJV), and Zimri (1 Kings 16:15-20 KJV).
Out of these seven men, six of them were noted for their wickedness/evil. The only exception is Saul’s armor-bearer as nothing evil is said of his character in the Bible. Many consider Samson’s death an instance of suicide (self-inflicted death) for the reason that he knew his actions would lead to his death (Judges 16:26–31) although the ultimate goal of Samson was to kill Philistines but he desired to die with them (the Philistines) which could be considered as self-inflicted death (suicide by his actions). His self-inflicted death is not a noble death; by his suicidal action, he died in the camp of his enemy (the Philistines)!
There is a great lesson to learn here from the action taken by Samson which he knew it would lead to his self-inflicted death (suicide). There are some actions that are suicidal – intentional injuries, disobedience to safety rules and regulations e.g. not keeping to traffic rules (over speeding while driving), job strain and long work period without enough rest (stress), drunkenness, ignoring warning signs, deliberate failure to observe safety rules and regulations while on duty, tempting God in the name of exercising faith by playing with dangerous and deadly creatures like snakes, desire to enter into the lion den like Daniel, desire to walk on water like Peter, refusal to take proper care of your health medically and diet wise most especially when you fall sick by faith, desire to drive a vehicle by faith without going to driving school, walking into trouble by faith, tampering/fixing electrical things by faith without being trained to handle electricity, etc are the actions of suicide as God weighs actions: 1 Samuel 2:3 KJV “…for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” Any action someone takes and leads to self-death is a suicide.
God is the giver of life. He creates and gives life. He does not take away human life by suicide because Job would have committed suicide when he went through hard times. Remember that no Bible character has suffered more than Job in the Bible. Job had everything wonderful in life. He had a good family, a good name, excellent reputation and abundance of riches and wealth but he lost everything except his life. In his hard times, when he lost everything with his health, he did not commit suicide. Even his wife rebuked him to take action that would make him to die by suicide – to curse God and die because his wife knew that by cursing God is an action that could lead to self-inflicted death.
Suicide option is not the way of God. Always remember that disaster, calamity, catastrophe, heartbreak, tragedy struck Job and he (Job) lost everything: his children, his riches and wealth, his business (his livestock and crops)/ source of income, his health and even the good relationship of his wife and friends, but chose not to commit suicide. To everyone as far as suicide is concerned, there is no excuse for suicide at all! Job shall be a witness in Heaven that no matter your hard times, you have no excuse to commit suicide. You are inexcusable to commit suicide – Romans 2:1 KJV “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man.”
Job did not commit suicide while passing through and experiencing hard times (severe hardship and suffering) really tough time but trusted God and held on to Him – Job 14:14 KJV “If a man die (commit suicide), shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” And positive change actually came to him. In the end, things positively and gloriously changed for him – and Job became more rich and wealthy with good health than his beginning when he lost everything! More prosperous and a good success for Job in the end! – Job 42: 10 – 15 KJV “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.”
No Bible character had suffered more than Job in the Bible, he (Job) did not commit suicide but waited until things changed positively for him, even he died at very ripe age of hundred and forty (140) years in good health – Job 42: 16 – 17 KJV “After this lived Job an hundred and forty (140) years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.” Suicide would have prevented him from living up to hundred and forty (140) years, seeing his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations! Suicide would have prevented him from living a purpose driven life and generally fulfilled life!! Therefore, suicide is evil!!! Suicide would have prevented him from having the prosperous end and good success. Say no to suicide and stop it. Never you consider the suicide option at all as the way out to escape hard times, tough time, hardship, suffering, pain, shame, poverty, failure, defeat, misfortune, deteriorating health, heart wound(s), etc.
Job did not choose to commit suicide despite the fact that no Bible character had suffered more than him (Job) in the Bible but he chose life from God (not self-inflicted death from Satan) and God helped him out when he held on to God and trusted Him to the end. It is only takes time (patience) for change to come from God because God only makes thing beautiful in His time (not our time/your time) – Ecclesiastes 3:11KJV “He (God) hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” If God saved Job from suicide with death, He (God) can do the same for you. Therefore, you have no excuse for suicide option to see it as an escape way for the hard times/difficulties you are passing through and experiencing. Suicide is condemnable and inexcusable for anyone to kill himself/herself when God can help – Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable (to commit suicide), O man…”
Suicide, the taking of one’s own life or killing oneself, is ungodly and evil because it rejects God’s gift of life to fulfill a purpose driven life. Nobody (no man or woman) should imagine and presume to take God’s authority upon themselves to end his or her own life by suicide. Suicide is a sin.
Suicide is the act of wickedness. Anybody who commits suicide sins against God and God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner – He does not want anybody to commit self-murder (to kill oneself) as all those who commit self-murder will end up in hell/lake of fire – Ezekiel 33:11 KJV, Exodus 20:13 KJV and Revelation 21:8 KJV “Thou shalt not kill…But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death…Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked (sinner); but that the wicked turn from his way and live : turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel.”
Anybody who takes his/her own life (kill oneself) is wicked. One of the evil ways to die is by suicide. Suicide rejects God’s gift of life and prefers to take a life by self-inflicted death. It is the wicked (suicidal person) who take one’s own life – it is wickedness to reject God’s gift of life. This is what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden after God instructed them not to eat forbidden fruit (suicide) as the action of eating forbidden fruit brought self-inflicted death to them and humanity – they rejected the gift of life that God gave them – the forbidden fruit is evil – the forbidden fruit is a suicide: Romans 5:12 KJV “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Suicide is a sin.
Bible made us understand that some Bible Characters experienced deep despair and hopelessness in life but they chose not to commit suicide. For instance, the great prophet Elijah was fearful, worried, troubled and depressed to the level that he desired death but never considered to die by suicide (1 Kings 19:4 KJV).
King Solomon, in his pursuit of pleasure and every good thing in life, reached the point in his life where he “hated life” (Ecclesiastes 2:17) but he did not consider to die by suicide. Many suicide victims gave in to suicide because they were tired of life – they hated life due to one reason or the other best known to them.
Jonah was so angry at God that he desired to die but not by suicide (Jonah 4:8). Even the apostle Paul and his missionary co-workers at one point in their Christian life – 2 Corinthians 1:8 KJV. “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble (unbearable suffering, hardships, afflictions) which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure (completely overwhelmed), above strength (beyond our strength), insomuch that we despaired even of life (death seemed certain)” But none of the apostle Paul and his missionary co-workers considered suicide – none of them committed suicide. They all relied on God just like Job. What Apostle Paul experienced was beyond his ability to endure, completely overwhelmed and death seemed certain – despaired even of life, yet he did not commit suicide because suicide is evil as well as a sin. Suicide represents forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden.
Apostle Paul has a deep spiritual understanding that suicide is a sin, wickedness and evil. Therefore he relied on God during the period of his hard times (severe suffering, hardships) even unto death to the point he was overwhelmed beyond his ability and strength. He had a good spiritual understanding that during that worst phase of life, God wants him (apostle Paul) to depend on Him because human beings are limited and need the strength of God (divine strength) – God wants us to know that He is our source and strength: 2 Corinthians 1: 8 – 9 KJV ”For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:”
THE IGNORANCE OF THE SUICIDE VICTIMS AND ITS SOLUTION
The suicide victims are ignorant of the word of God or lack understanding of the word of God because they used their own strength instead of the strength of God as Apostle Paul and Job used God’s strength during their hard times. Since human beings are limited in strength needed not to commit suicide and as long as anybody relies on his/her own strength, that human strength instead of divine strength, it (human strength) will surely fail in the day of adversity (hard times) and suicide is imminent and inevitable: Proverbs 24:10 KJV “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
The human strength is the arm of flesh that always fails. The human strength (arm of flesh) does not have capacity to withstand, resist and refuse suicide – Jeremiah 17:5 KJV “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” The Lord God is the strength of my heart and since suicide starts from the mind/heart, He (God) will give strength to resist, refuse and defeat suicide – this is how to conquer suicide by the ultimate power of God: Psalms 73:26 KJV “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” The strength of God in man’s heart (mind) kills and destroys suicide to make him live above and beyond suicide. Without the divine strength of God in our heart, we can do nothing against the spirit of suicide – John 15:5 KJV “…for without me (Jesus Christ) ye can do nothing.”
Always remember (never you forget) that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of life (not of death by suicide) – Acts 3:15 KJV “…the Prince of life…” Read the word of God and apply it appropriately to the situation of suicide and it will deliver you from the destruction of life (suicide with death). Right application of the word of God will result in not-to- die by suicide (suicide without death) life experience – living above and beyond suicide: Psalms 107:20 KJV “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” One of the destructions of life is suicide. Suicide is never from God as suicide kills and destroys but God is a Life Giver and Jesus Christ is Life (the Prince of life).
Are you wounded in the heart or suffering from heart wound(s) that you want to commit suicide (kill your own self)? King David experienced this but he did not commit suicide because he relied on God as he knew that God cares for us when we are wounded in the heart (suffering from heart wound): Psalms 109:22 KJV and 1 Peter 5:7 KJV “…my heart is wounded within me…Casting all your care upon him (God); for he (God) careth for you…”
There is always the day of adversity for everyone. Therefore, everyone needs to develop divine internal source of power. Grown and developed divine internal source of power inside individual Christian believers will make and strengthen them individually not to fail in the day of adversity because adversity is the root cause of the thoughts of suicide where someone will be considering or contemplating suicide – Proverbs 24:10 KJV “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
The divine internal source of power encounters, overpowers, and conquers the mind of suicide. The divine internal source of power provides energy required to fight and defeat the thought of suicide. The strength of mental health needed to have victory over the thought of suicide comes from divine internal source of power. This divine internal source of power comes from the power of the Holy Ghost in Christ Jesus – from positive spiritual angle. This is where the spiritual solution to suicide comes in. It is your responsibility to have a grown and developed divine internal source of power inside of you through the implanted word of God in your heart which is able to save your soul from suicide – James 1:21 NKJV “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness ( for instance, suicide), and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls (from suicide).”
The Holy Bible never supports suicide – it gives ZERO tolerance to it!
Solution is already available to this global human problem of suicide; there should be “No Excuse For Suicide”; everyone can live above and beyond suicide by means of potent tools that have great capacity to stop suicide as well as available resources of preventive and curative treatments – suicide is preventable, stoppable, unnecessary, needless and inexcusable. Further information is accessible in my published Holy Spirit- filled book: to know and understand how to prevent everybody from the thoughts of suicide (suicide mind) which might appear like a solution to their problem(s), how to identify potential individuals who are considering suicide by recognizing suicidal behavior and save them, and know and understand how to discover suicide warning signs that will help you take decisive action against suicide. To study in detail, get a copy of my book titled “SUICIDE WITHOUT DEATH” by olusegun ibikunle at KDP AMAZON.
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