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Saul’s Suicide? Addendum I

August 15, 2012 by Pito

How does God view suicide? It is sin; it is the sin of self-murder. Exodus 20:13

In the case of Saul, and in many similar cases, suicide is perfectly natural; rejecting God is moral and intellectual suicide. But let suicide never be glorified as heroic. It is the last resort of the man who dare not stand up to life.

Can a Christian commit suicide? Is it the unforgivable sin because the person has no more opportunity to repent? Consider this: Do we make confession for all the sins we commit every day? If we were to die in our sleep, what about all of our unconfessed sin?  Is it covered by the blood? Yes, it is.

Consider this: Jesus said,  “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” Luke 17:10

And in like manner the The Westminster Confession says,

“They, who in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate and to do more than God requires, that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do.” Ch. 16.4

Remember what Samuel said to Saul when he rebelled against the explicit command of God.”Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry,” ( I Samuel 15:23).  Do stubborn Christians die? Is that sin covered by the blood? Do rebellious Christians die? Is that sin covered by the blood?

The conclusion of the matter is that we are not just guilty of sins, we are the kind of people that do that kind of thing. All we do is tainted by our sinful nature. The short answer is yes, a Christian can commit suicide and that is a sad day indeed. If a person is in Christ Jesus, all we are and do is covered by the blood.  God’s grace is greater than ALL our sin.

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