Tuesday, 21 April 2015

What About Suicide?

by Julius King Kwedhi


"The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
(John 10:10 MEV)
 
Yesterday I stumbled, as it were, upon an article on suicide, and I thought I should send out my views on suicide, stemming from my conversations with friends in Christ.

The story of suicide is a story of lost hope and dreams, and a defeated faith. It is a story of a battle lost against Satan who has only one mission: to kill, still and destroy. It is a story of a life that has lost direction and instead followed a lie - the lie of the Devil.

Don't forget the second part of that Mighty Scripture, "I am came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." 

Does suicide take or give life? Whose work is it? It's Satan's work of course.

Jesus came to give life, not death, to the Christian. He came to give us life in full.

Very true, the Christian has received grace from God's generous hands. But grace is not a licence to sin. And true there is a difference between falling into sin and dying in sin. One who commits suicide dies in that state of sin. And dying in sin, they will not taste Heaven's glory. They have forfeited their place in Heaven, and the flames of Hell will be ready to receive them.

If they were apparently "Christian" but they ended up committing suicide, don't be fooled and confused. Christ always finishes what He started. Their committing suicide just proves that they were truly not part of the flock. Their faith was build on sand and not on the Rock that is Jesus. I know that is a hard saying. But it is true.

No body was born righteous. Nevertheless, we must all finish the race well if we are to enter. It doesn't matter what lead you or another into sin, whether it is poverty, deception, manipulation, vulnerability etc. There are critical cases, but regardless of what happens, Jesus promised that His grace is sufficient. Meaning, He will keep us from being devoured by Satan and He will make sure we survive and emerge victorious over even the most severe depression.

The persecuted Church that suffered countless beatings and beheading has showed us and is showing us that suicide is never an option. It is more noble to die a martyr for Christ than to die because of lack of faith and hopelessness. Our hope is in Christ. It is real. And nothing can and nothing will suffocate that hope of the Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit. Suicide is not an option. It has never been an option. In the Bible, people who we know committed suicide are those from whom God's face has turned away.
 
Further Scripture Reading:

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV

"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us." 
1 John 2:19 NKJV

"Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses..."
Romans 8:23-26 NKJV

"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;"
Philippians 1:6 NKJV

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV
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