Is Suicide Really the Answer?
When I ask this question, I have to ask myself what is the real question? If we examine the Scriptures we began to understand that every question asked by the Master is rhetorical. Yes, even suicide! He already knows the answer to every question before we even ask. Consider the words in the Preacher Scriptures of Ecclesiastes where God declares, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). He continues with this sidebar: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 1: 14).
If the Act of Suicide is Vain, Is it then a Selfish Act?
“And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 1: 17). Personally, I would conclude the decision to end one’s life by suicide; it would have to be primarily based on an extreme depletion of spiritual sustenance. “I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11). When I look at these verses I ask myself, does this man sound like a person who is dealing with the question of suicide? All of the worldly desires are considered, all of the weight of the world is on his shoulders and yet the common denominator still leads to the same exact conclusion.
What is the position of our Creator regarding Life?
The Roman writer says it this way, actually he begs us to present our living body as a sacrifice to God. “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according to/ as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. This Scripture implies that when we are in the act of considering ending our very own lives we are not thinking in accordance to His will. We are not using Godly wisdom, we are thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. Our wisdom is certainly not greater than the wisdom of God, right? This is then to be determined selfishly and therefore vanity and vexation of the spirit. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John: 2). Ultimately, it is clear that God’s will is for us to live and not to die in our sin. In fact, Jesus Christ was sent by the Heavenly Father as our propitiation and Savior whose whole purpose was to die for our sins. He defeated death on our behalf and then the Roman writer concluded “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”(Romans 8:1-2).