Suicide Solution

Essential Ozzy Osbourne

 

Introduction   1 Kings  16:15-19

 

Suicide seems to be a liable solution to those that are trapped in life redundancy. During my life I recall as a child a women named Sally. I don't remember much about her but how she was filled with joy and was crazy. She came to our house with her husband on vacation, I remember she had a cassette player where she recorded songs, just invented. Sally was so full of joy and energy, a few months later my father received a call that Sally took a gun and blew her brains out, it just didn't make sense.

 

 

1.      Zimri The Sinner King  (1 kings 16:15-19)

·        Zimri was a wicked King who reigned for seven days after he had King Elah put to death

·        Not much was stated about him but that he did wickedness and burned himself in his palace

·        (Matt 7:26-27) It is stated that it was a judgment of God for the sins he committed

·        Zimri was not able to stand during a time of conflict in large he had no shield from his enemies

·        Felt alone and feared for his life, everything is falling apart so he killed himself, odd mentality

    a. Suicide makes no sense, you fear for your state of life so the answer is self destruction

    b. The mind set of defeat and self destruction seems to be the right choice

    c. Suicide feeds from rebellion to God, he either plays little or no role in your life, an issue of sin

·        Suicide is a fight for the mind of mankind, we all face afflictions but self destruction is against nature

·       Pain is a warning system that danger is around, a line of defense

·       When we suffer as sinners it is God's way of saying Son your sins are too heavy come to me

·        Many don't know how to read this and look to suicide, Sally was such a women

·        They outward was like Zimri a king with power but the inside was hopelessness and destruction

 

2.      The Demon Talks (Matt 8:28-32)

·        Suicide is Demon possession, your are wrestling with Satan's demons of destruction

·        The swine killed themselves but God is holding the demons from killing the demoniacs

·        This fight determines your eternal soul because we are speaking of destroying God's temple

·        Suicide is a state of defeat it affects all both saved and unsaved (Jud 16:28-31)

    a. Suicide does not happen overnight but it is a lifestyle of rebellion against God

    b. You fight God's commandment and live a life of sin for a season 

  • Suicide will destroy you and those you love - your family - it's painful to those left behind 
  • (Heb 9:27) What is gain with ending your life judgment
  • What excuse is there for ending life you break God's commandment and are dammed
  • (Matt 13:47--50) We can agree that being cast into fire is not what we have in mind
  • The devil wants to destroy you because you are created in God's image, his revenge on God
  • Jesus loves you, his death was to wash your sins and bring joy into your heart
  • Sally death destroyed her husband - a big man sobbing at what he called his failure
  • Ozzy sang about hitting the bottle as a solution - a slow suicide
  • Many seek mediums of sin to drown their depression, drugs, alcohol, sex etc.
  • Whatever your reason for suicide it is only the beginning, you are a soul that never dies 
  • Killing yourself enters you into the eternal but there will be no mercy for your murder
  • Many think that anything is better than life but (Heb10:31)
  • Stop listening to Satan
  • You belong to God allow him to deliver you, nothing to lose everything to gain
  • Sin will destroy your life (Rom 6:23)
  • Your sin is causing death to grip your mind, it is called rebellion and it is the sin of witchcraft. We are speaking of demonic powers at work in your life (1 Sam 15:23)
  • You are under a spell - that's the reason suicide is always on your mind, a tormenting spirit
  • Who can be possessed by devils - saint and sinners alike (1 Sam 16:14)
  • Rebellion - opens door to the supernatural, that's why we have vagabond and mental cases in our nation
  • We can blame Ozzy but the real blame is our denial of Jesus Christ

 

 

3.      Suicide Solution

·        The solution is Jesus (1 Cor 1:17-21)
 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

1 Kings 16:15-19
15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
16 And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah.
18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died,
19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
KJV

Matt 7:26-27
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
KJV
 

Matt 8:28-32
28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
KJV
 

Judg 16:28-31
28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
KJV
 

Heb 9:27
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
KJV
 

Matt 13:47-50
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
KJV
 

Heb 10:31
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
KJV

Rom 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
KJV

1 Sam 15:23
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king
KJV

1 Sam 16:14-15
14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
KJV
 


1 Cor 1:17-21
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
KJV
 

 


_________________________________________________________________________________________________

1 Kings 16:15-18
In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.

The Reign of Zimri lasted only seven days. As soon as the people of war (haa`aam (OT:5971)), who were besieging Gibbethon (see at 1 Kings 15:27), heard of his conspiracy, his usurpation of the throne, and his murderous deeds, they proclaimed Omri king in the camp of the military commanders, and he at once, with all Israel, i.e., all the army, raised the siege of Gibbethon, to lay siege to Thirza. Now when Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the castle of the royal palace and burned the king's house over his own head, as Sardanapalus did, according to Justin (Hist. i. 3). 'arªmown (OT:759) does not mean harem (Ewald), but the high castle (from 'aaram (OT:7121), to be high); here and in 2 Kings 15:25, the citadel of the royal palace, which consisted of several buildings.

ZIMRI
2. The fifth king of Israel, who reigned only seven days. He is first mentioned as commander of half the chariots of the royal army and as chief conspirator against King Elah, who was murdered while indulging in a drunken revel in the house of his steward in Tirzah. His first act as king was the slaying of all the house of Baasha. The army at that time was besieging the Philistine town of Gibbethon. When they heard of Elah's murder, they proclaimed their general, Omri, king. He immediately marched against Tirzah and took the city. Zimri retreated into the innermost part of the late king's palace, set it on fire, and perished in the flames (1 Kings 16:9-20), about 885 BC
(From The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)

1 Kings 16:15-18; 1 Kings 16:19-20
1 Kings 16:15-18

In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.

The Reign of Zimri lasted only seven days. As soon as the people of war (haa`aam (OT:5971)), who were besieging Gibbethon (see at 1 Kings 15:27), heard of his conspiracy, his usurpation of the throne, and his murderous deeds, they proclaimed Omri king in the camp of the military commanders, and he at once, with all Israel, i.e., all the army, raised the siege of Gibbethon, to lay siege to Thirza. Now when Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the castle of the royal palace and burned the king's house over his own head, as Sardanapalus did, according to Justin (Hist. i. 3). 'arªmown (OT:759) does not mean harem (Ewald), but the high castle (from 'aaram (OT:7121), to be high); here and in 2 Kings 15:25, the citadel of the royal palace, which consisted of several buildings.



1 Kings 16:19-20
For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
V. 19 is connected with wayaamot (OT:4191) in v. 18: "and so died for his sins," i.e., as a punishment for them.
(from Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament: New Updated Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1996 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
 

Matt 8:32
[Ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.] The prayer of these demons is heard and answered! Strange! But let it be noted, that God only hears demons and certain sinners when their prayer is the echo of his own justice. Here is an emblem of the final impenitence and ruin into which the swinish sinners, the habitually impure, more commonly fall than other sinners. Christ permits the demons to do that in the swine which he did not permit them to do in the possessed, on purpose to show us what rage they would exercise on us if left to their liberty and malice.-Many are the divine favours which we do not consider, or know only in general. "But the owners of the swine lost their property." Yes; and learn from this of how small value temporal riches are in the estimation of God. He suffers them to be lost, sometimes to disengage us from them through mercy; sometimes out of justice, to punish us for having acquired or preserved them either by covetousness or injustice.
 

Matthew 8:28-34
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

Healing of two demon-possessed men (cf. Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39). Country of the Gadarenes (ASV). So called from the city of Gadara to the southeast. Mark and Luke have "Gerasenes" (ASV), from the village named Khersa (Gerasa) - now in ruins on the lake shore - which was perhaps in the district belonging to Gadara. Two possessed with demons. The other Synoptists mention only the more prominent one of the two. Demoniacs in the NT are pictured neither as gross sinners nor as victims of insanity (though demonism may produce such effects), but as persons whose minds have come under the control of an evil spirit or spirits. That such phenomena should be especially prominent during the days of Christ's earthly ministry is consistent with Satan's efforts to counteract God's program. Demons knew exactly who Jesus was (thou Son of God), were aware that their ultimate doom was sure (the time, v. 29), and always gave Christ absolute obedience. The owners of the herd of swine were probably Jews, who were thus violating Mosaic law-at least in spirit-in this Jewish territory (under Herod Philip). Hence they brought no legal action against Jesus for the loss. Why this strange request of the demons? Perhaps it was to grasp at one last chance to avoid confinement in the abyss (Luke 8:31; Rev 20:1-3). But the swine, by stampeding into the waters, thwarted whatever purpose the demons may have entertained. They besought him that he would depart. This request, arising from fear (Luke 8:37), came from the populace, not just from the owners. Awe-struck but unrepentant, they wanted no more of Christ
(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________

Wine is fine
But whiskey's quicker
Suicide is slow with liquor
Take a bottle drain your sorrows
Candied thoughts await tomorrows

Evil thoughts and evil doings
Cold, alone you hang in ruins
Thought that you'd escape the reaper
You can't escape the master keeper
'Cause you feel life's unreal and you're living a lie
Such a shame who's to blame and you're wondering why
Then you ask from your cask is there life after birth
What you saw can mean hell on this earth
Now you live inside a bottle
The reaper's traveling at full throttle
It's catching you but you don't see
The reaper is you and the reaper is me
Breaking laws, knocking doors
But there's no one at home
Made your bed, rest your head
But you lie there and moan
Where to hide,
suicide is the only way out
Don't you know what it's really about

Suicide Solution, from Blizzard of Ozz, was written after Bon Scott of AC/DC died, having been drinking heavily one winter night and passing out in his car. Scott died of hypothermia. Thought the songs title could be misleading, the song itself was meant to talk about alcohol as being a deadly liquid (solution meaning mixture) but the word solution was immediately seen as meaning 'an answer'. The lyrics of this much debated song are here.

In October 1984, a nineteen-year-old teenager named John M. shot himself in the head, while listening to Ozzy Osbourne's "Suicide Solution". When the coroner entered the room, he found the headphones still on John's head. This would be one of the tragedies that caused Ozzy immeasurable grief.

In 1986, Ozzy had just gotten off a plane at LAX airport when people began asking him about the "lawsuits". Ozzy knew nothing about any lawsuit but the details quickly emerged. Three lawsuits had been launched against Ozzy, claiming that his lyrics had caused youths to commit suicide. The family of John hired attorney Thomas Anderson in a lawsuit against Ozzy. Mr. Anderson claimed on the "Don't Blame Me" Ozzy video, that the song contained

tones known as 'hemisync' and would cause a person to be unable to resist what was being said in the song. The Institute for Bio-Acoustics Research, Inc. (IBAR) was hired to evaluate the song. They claim to have found subliminal lyrics that weren't included in the lyrics sheet. These subliminal lyrics were sung at one and one-half times the normal rate of speech and are not recognized by a first time listener. The IBAR institute claimed the subliminal lyrics, "are audible enough that their meaning and true intent becomes clear after being listened to over and over again." The subliminal lyrics in question were "Why try, why try? Get the gun and try it! Shoot, Shoot, Shoot", followed by a hideous laughter.

Further analysis by IBAR revealed the hemisync tones, which result from a patented process that uses sound waves to influence an individual's mental state. The tones have been found to increase the rate at which the human brain assimilates and processes information. IBAR claimed these tones made John vulnerable to the suggestive lyrics which Ozzy sang.

Ozzy's lawyer claimed that this was nonsense and relied upon the First Amendment of the Constitution to argue that Ozzy could write about anything he wanted. Three people had now taken their lives, and in each case it was Ozzy's 'Suicide Solution' song which was the focus as the cause of the deaths. Mr. Anderson claimed that the words, "shoot shoot, get the gun, get the gun" were audible in the song. There is an effect which can be heard on the song, that could be interpreted as that if one tried hard enough. The sounds were just Ozzy messing around with the soundboard.

Throughout the world this problem would only occur in America. People would be forced to look at the family life instead of the actual music. Blaming the music is an understandable reaction when a tragedy that is otherwise unexplainable occurs, but once the lyrics are examined, it is clear that one would have to put their own interpratation on the song in order to see anything remotely close to promoting suicide within it. In all cases, Ozzy was found not at fault and has sworn that this was never the true meaning behind the song. Heavy metal often seems to be a scape goat in which to blame teenagers problems such as drug abuse on. Yet teenagers who may listen to punk, jazz, or blues music may also suffer from substance abuse or commit suicide.

Suicide

Today, suicide has become an alternative choice for relief of ones pain and suffering. It is trendy for the youth as well as the old to use some form of suicide to exit this life. For someone to even consider this means of losing their life it usually means they have lost all hope, it is the last resort. When one has no hope does not know God or have faith, suicide becomes one of the greatest acts of selfishness. For by doing this the individual fulfills his own desires and his own will, ignoring the catastrophic effects it has on others. One is so depressed and engrossed in there own hopelessness that they are not aware of how it affects there loved ones. So it is an end to suffering for themselves but for others it is only beginning.

Suicide is not just an American problem, it takes place the world over. 

Japan Times reports that Suicides in Japan topped 30,000 for the seventh straight year in 2004, with men accounting for more than two-thirds of the number, according to a report released by the National Police Agency on Thursday.

Suicides involving people aged 40 or older numbered 23,868.The report says 47.8 percent of the people who killed themselves were unemployed, and nearly 8,000 are believed to have killed themselves over economic or livelihood difficulties.

Health problems were seen as the most common reason behind the suicides this year, accounting for 14,786, or 45.7 percent of the victims, followed by economic and livelihood difficulties, with 7,947, or 24.6 percent. Family troubles came next with 2,992, or 9.3 percent of the victims, according to the NPA.. (June 3, 2005 - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20050603a7.htm )

The Bible says we should not kill, this would include ourselves as well. To think suicide is a solution to our problems in this world, no matter how bad, is to be rescued by an anchor, it is not a lifesaver but a life taker. Today we hear about respecting peoples choices so it is applied to a woman killing her own child in an abortion or an adult making the choice to leave this world through committing suicide.  Jesus taught death is an enemy and not be embraced as an alternative. Though it may be popular to say death is only the other side of life and is blessing for all, the Bible speaks contrary to this.

Essentially it is God who is the giver and taker of life. Any time we make the choice in this matter we are saying that we want control over our lives. God is able to give us peace that passes all our understanding through any problem or trial. It is God one needs to seek, not a way out by death.

But we are to speak and act out on this, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter” (Prov. 24:11). We are to do all we can to prevent death.

It has become fashionable for some to think that we can exit out anytime we want to without any consequences.

Many commit suicide as an alternative to pain believing that they can end they unbearable suffering they experience in their life. Fear of life, guilty conscience are tools of the enemy to overwhelm someone. They become wounded unable to cope and from there depression sets in. It is sin that is the enemy of all and it does not care who it ravages “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:15). David said oh happy is the man whose sins are forgiven. Many times being overwhelmed with guilt brings depression that can lead to one taking their life.

“Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life “ (Prov. 13:11-12). Even successful people commit suicide. Some who worked long and hard for their position and to have it all; when they finally arrive at their goal they find it empty and without fulfillment. Life becomes meaningless and they want out because they can’t cope with the hopelessness they now face. Jesus addressed this saying, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)  “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul.” The want of the worlds pleasures and luxuries does this and suicide has one lose both their life and soul. Your most valuable possession is your own soul and nothing is worth losing it over or giving it away for.

Suicide is a prominent theme in music as a generation cries out having no hope. Today death and suicide are a consistent part of the Rock music lyrics as the artists voice their own despair in living in a fallen world. This prompts people to take others lives as well as their own. Ozzie Osborne became famous many years ago called the “Suicide Solution”: “Suicide is the only way out ... why don't you kill yourself cause you can't escape the Master Reaper...”, Eric Anderson, a 14-year -old fan committed suicide in response to the song. He told his father that he couldn't cope with the pressure. He then went into his room and took a .22 rifle and killed himself. When questioned about the suicides, Osborne defended himself by saying, “Parents have called me and said, 'When my son died of a drug overdose, your record was on the turntable.' I can't help that. These people are freaking out anyway, and they need a vehicle for the freak-outs.” I’m not sure he holds the same view now.

Dr. Kevorkian has publicly promoted euthanasia a form of suicide, under the guise of allowing people the “dignity” of dying on their own terms. An empty “noble” gesture for those who are in pain unable to take it any longer. While we certainly sympathize with those in the last moments of life, they need the gospel not a quick way out!

“But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death ”(Prov. 8:36).

Today it is popular to have what is termed physician assisted suicide. In Oregon last year the doctors issued 39 lethal injections resulting in 27 deaths. In some countries this is an accepted practice to exit the world when one is in unbearable pain.

In our world today you can find almost anything good and destructive with a few clicks of a mouse. On the internet there are websites that will explain how one can commit suicide. Instead of helping people they are an accomplice to murder, they may even be instigating it. There is no excuse for this.

We hear psychologists say the people that commit death are those with low self esteem, they didn’t love themselves enough. This is hardly true. They actually loved themselves too much and wanted a way out of their pain. For if they did not love themselves they would stay in the pain and like it. But instead they seek relief from their guilt ridden conscience. By not being disciplined in life they try to discipline themselves by the ultimate punishment. They seek release from those circumstances in the most immediate manner possible. Having said this, it does not exclude exceptions depending on certain individual circumstances. Illnesses like bi-polar depression and other conditions that would affect ones clarity of thinking.

We need to recognize from a biblical perspective, issues of life and death lie in the sovereign hands of God alone. Job said to God, “Man's days are determined; you [O God] have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5). David said to God, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).

Suicide goes against the commandments of God, it is murder. In fact, the sixth commandment tells us, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). This command is based on the sanctity of human life. We must remember that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We need to understand that the command, “You shall not murder,” has no specific object. It does not say, “You shall not murder someone else,” or “You shall not murder your fellow man.” It simply says, “You shall not murder.” The prohibition thus includes not just the murder of one's fellow man but even the murder of oneself. This is related to senseless killing without a purpose of protection or defense for life. God had given Israel the mandate to employ the death sentence to individuals who commit heinous crimes as well as for Israel to protect herself in war. For a person to kill another indiscriminately was to be avenged in God’s eyes.

Murder was regarded by God as a capital offense because of the basis of the image of God in man. It was to be punished even when caused by an animal (Gen. 9:5-6). It was reaffirmed to Noah in Gen.9:6 as an eye for an eye. There are numerous stipulations for accidents or killings with different circumstances. “Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty. 'Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death ”(Num 35:30-31).

Having said all this I do not believe suicide is the unforgivable sin. However saying this does not negate what we do, we are held responsible for our actions. And with decisions of such a magnitude and with finality should not be made in a wrong state of mind.

There is no specific punishment mentioned for attempted suicide, (2 Sam. 20:23) no specific law is found in Scripture against this crime; it is inclusive in the prohibition against murder. Contrary to the pagan practices this act was held in deep abhorrence by the Hebrews because of the high value placed on human life. It was held inexcusable that anyone would end ones own life. Only a life that opposed God with unrepentance brought certain individuals to this point of despair, as with overwhelming remorse and regret with Saul (1 Samuel 31:4) and Judas (Math. 27:5).

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death”(2 Cor. 7:10). the sorrow of the world overwhelms people because there is no way out, no hope: unless one turns to Christ in true repentance.

Suicide is not the “unforgivable sin,” blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is (Mt.12). However God prohibits senseless murder of any kind. The exceptions are when it protects others from harm. To give ones life for another is a form of suicide. However it is with meaning and is actually the ultimate form of sacrificial giving. Samson being captured by the Philistines had his eyes plucked out and used as atrophy gloating over Israel. He was once a mighty warrior who backslid Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.” (Judges 16:30) Though blind He was able to see what His life had become. He repented and by his death he took the enemies of God with Him. It was not a useless suicide but had meaning. Samson took his own life (Judges 16:25-31), yet his name listed among the faithful of God (Hebrews 11:32).

There are lives of certain biblical saints that are instructive on the issue of taking ones life. There were times when certain servants of God in biblical times were severely tested and they became distressed, depressed and despairing in life, hoping for their own death (1 Kings 19:4; John 4:8). But these individuals did not take matters into their own hands and kill themselves. They looked to God and He always rescued them

Jonah thought he sealed the destruction of Israel by sparing the Assyrians so he was overwhelmed with guilt. “And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” (Jonah 4:8)

David after being delivered from his enemies said “And he said: "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. 'When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry entered His ears” (2 Samuel 22:3-7).

We can learn from their example, in times of despair, we must turn to God and not commit suicide. God will see us through. It is the Devil who comes to kill, steal and destroy lives-- God wants to give people an abundant life, filled with meaning and purpose.

Christians can be no different in feeling discouragement or having despair. Actually there are more forces that come against us to discourage a Christian, than there are for the unsaved in the world. When a believer ends his life he ends his opportunity for service to the Lord on earth. We find Christ’s ministry was one of suffering and he was perfected by it. Mark 9:12 “how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?” All the apostles also went through great difficulty, the apostle Paul certainly did. When God chose him to be an apostle he said, “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake.” (Acts 9:16) though he suffered the Lord was with him. The apostles were called to suffer and even die” God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death.” (1 Cor. 4:9)

In 2 Corinthians 1:8 Paul stated: “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.” Paul did not lose hope and break God's commandment against murder and commit suicide. Even though he was abandoned by friends and went through distress. He depended on God, and came to the realization Phil. 4:11-13: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” As God sustained Paul through his great trials and difficulties, He can sustain us as well.

The fact is that suffering is part of this life 2 Cor.1:6: “Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

There are various opinions of what happens to a Christian who commits suicide. This is an area that cannot be generalized and each person has their own story. Some end up committing suicide because of depression and did not get the right help or medicine. There are chemical imbalances that affect people so they cannot see or deal with reality right. Some are so overwhelmed with guilt and sin they see no way out. They have been convinced that God cannot forgive them anymore. Others are not informed and so they are not an overcomer but have been overcome. I don’t think we are able to judge in this area what was going on in a person’s heart at the time of their exit, only God would know. Prov. 14:32: “The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the righteous has a refuge in his death.

Any parent would sacrifice their life for their child, is considered by society a heroic act, not a cowardly one. To protect a child from harm where someone may lose their life or a soldier on the battlefield giving his life for another are heroic sacrificial acts.

Humanists and liberals think of Christ committing suicide. But he gave up his life so others might live. It had an eternal purpose and it was fulfilling the plan of God. It was not to end his suffering but the very opposite, he took our suffering upon himself for sin to be forgiven so we could be free.

Christians in the early century and even today die for their faith. Would this be considered suicide? Paul in his conversation with Festus entrusted himself over into Festus’ decision even if it meant death ““For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” (Acts 25:11)

Jesus said if they lose their life for his sake they will find it. It is better to have lost your life for faith in Christ and gain eternal life than to lose it for selfish purposes. Rom. 8:17: “and if children, then heirs-- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

This kind of dying for Christ had nothing to do with religious groups such as the Jim Jones tragedy where over 900 people committed suicide or the heavens gate tragedy with 39 people. The people were following a lie and did something the bible says not too. They followed the deception of their leader into eternity.

Religions mostly do not approve of suicide with only a few exceptions. Younjin Phillip Moon was only 21, one of the thirteen children of Rev. Sung Myung Moon committed suicide on November 1, 1999, by leaping from the 17th floor of Harrah’s Hotel. Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, teaches that he and his family are without sin. Steve Hassan, an expert on cult psychology and a former member of the Unification Church, said regarding the death of Moon’s son, “I feel tremendously sad and great pity for all of [Rev. Moon’s] delusions of grandeur. It must be tremendously tough to be a child of his.” Hassan notes that the church does not publicly condone suicide, but that within the group it is believed by some followers that suicide is preferable to betraying Rev. Moon.

So what is one to do in time of despair? “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God; I will render praises to You, For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” (Ps. 56:11-13)

Whatever life has thrown at you God is greater and he wants to give you a hope and purpose to live, your joy will be found when you allow God to have hold of your life and Christ makes all things new. God has plans that are good for all, The Devil and his kingdom wants to bring one to ruin. To choose the Lord Jesus is to choose life. He is there waiting to deliver you from the darkeness that surrounds you.

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons--Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Ps. 107:9-15)

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

Most suicides appear to be associated with a long-lasting depression; they are often "a permanent solution to a temporary problem." In North America, they seem to peak annually in the early springtime. One theory is that individuals decide to commit suicide while profoundly depressed in the dead of Winter, but lack the ability to organize their own death. Later, when the weather improves and they feel better, they are able to arrange their suicide.

Others who commit suicide are not depressed. They kill themselves because of terminal illness, intractable pain, and/or the loss of dignity, control, and autonomy which often accompanies fatal diseases. 

Emergency support services are available to help persons with suicidal ideation, often on a 24 hour basis. Suicide prevention hot lines (sometimes called distress centers, crisis centers, hotlines, Contact, Telecare, etc.) offer non-judgmental, confidential, caring support by trained volunteers. Telephone numbers are often listed on the inside front cover of local telephone books.

Throughout North America, the act of committing suicide is no longer a crime. Except for certain cases in the state of Oregon, assisting a person to commit suicide remains a criminal act.

Certain groups within the population are much more at risk for suicide. These include Aboriginals, persons who suffer from various mental disorders, and homosexuals

 

Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament):

There are many stories of individuals who either pleaded with God to end their life, or who killed themselves, or who sought the assistance of another to kill them:

 

Christian Scriptures (New Testament) Passages