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Good Question: What Happens to Believers After They Commit Suicide?

Depression, Suicide

January 8, 2020

By Jordan Burgen


A friend of mine committed suicide. His name is ___. He used a gun. He was __. 
___ is a believer; a strong one, or so I thought. 
And the question I have lingering is, where do believers go who suicide? Is there a place in heaven for them? I need to know. I'm desperate to know what happened to ___.
Thank you for offering me encouragement.

Thank you so much for reaching out. I first want to extend my condolences and sympathy for you during this tragic time. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Please know that we are praying for you and if you need any support during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to our care ministry ( ).

                As for your question, let me reassure you that suicide is not an unforgivable sin. Therefore, if a true believer commits suicide, though their life ended with a sin under tragic circumstances, they are still saved by the blood of Christ. The grace of God through the death and resurrection of Christ covers all sins past, present, and future. A sin that ends your life is no more potent than one that doesn’t. God’s grace is more powerful and covers it all. So, rest assured that ____ is in the presence of the Lord. The apostle Paul is clear on this in Philippians 1:21-23. He says that when we depart from the body (death) we are then with Christ. This goes for all believers, not just ones that didn’t commit suicide.

                Thanks again for reaching out and I hope that this does offer you some encouragement. I am so sorry for your loss, and please let our care team know if you would like to talk to someone for support and guidance through this hard time. God bless!

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