Suicide funerals are always the saddest. They are sad because most all of the people there, and most often the preacher, have been led to believe that a person goes to hell for suicide. This is not true. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a believer to go to hell. As a believer, my sins were forgiven 2000 years before I was even born. My sins are forgiven after death also.
The Bible tells of several men who committed suicide, Saul and Sampson come to mind immediately. God assisted Sampson in committing suicide, granting him one last measure of the great strength he had displayed before walking away from God and falling prey to the Philistines. Sampson killed himself and over 3000 Philistines at the same time, while Saul killed himself rather than fall into the hands of the enemy. Would God assist a man in going to hell for suicide? No!.,
John 3:16-17 says it is not God’s will that any perish, but have everlasting life”
I have no doubts I will see both these men in heaven.
The “common sense Christian” explanation is:
There are as many reasons for a person to commit suicide as there are any other crime against the body. Self murder is not the unforgiveable sin. Extreme depression, chronic or acute pain and suffering, and fear of falling into the hands of the enemy has led many people to take their own lives. It is not the unforgiveable sin. The Lord knows them that are his.
The only unforgiveable sin is rejecting salvation while you are alive. It is not possible to get saved after you are dead, or on judgement day. This is essentially “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”, which so many people today misunderstand. There are no unbelievers in hell. They all believe now, but they waited too late.
If an unbeliever commits suicide, he won’t go to hell for the DEED of self murder, or any other deed or sin. His sins have nothing to do with it. He goes to hell for what he BELIEVED, not what he did.
If a BELIEVER commits suicide, he won’t go to hell for it. He will go to heaven. Again, just as the unbeliever, not for his deeds, but for what he BELIEVED.
As a believer, none of your deeds, good or bad, can justify you one way or the other. You are justified for salvation by Christ, and Christ alone. It is not what YOU do, or didn’t do, but what Jesus DID!.
It is impossible for a believer to lose their salvation. IMPOSSIBLE!>
Just like the prodigal son in Luke 15, he may forfeit inheritance, crowns and rewards, but not salvation.
Now, I KNOW I am going to heaven, but I’m in no hurry to get there. Suicide is not in my plans, fact is, if you hear of me committing suicide, make sure there’s an autopsy, short of extreme circumstances, it’s not going to happen to me. I hope this helps your understanding.