The topic I’m about to discuss if very controversial. If you commit suicide, will you go to Heaven? I’ve heard both sides of the argument on this one. Here’s what I believe. 


“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoeverbelieves in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” -John 3:16, 17


This passage makes it very clear that whoever believes in the Son of God, will have eternal life. So if you commit suicide, will you go to Heaven? If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, if you have faith in Him, then yes you will go to Heaven. If not, then you would have just sent yourself to Hell.  Did I just say that if you kill yourself you can still go to Heaven? Yes. Suicide’s a sin, but here’s the thing: Jesus hasn’t just paid for your sins from the past. He doesn’t just forgive every time you ask. If you are truly in Christ, he has forgiven ALL of your sins….past, present, and future. He doesn’t wait for you to ask forgiveness every time (you should still do that though). Your sins are already forgiven. He already has paid for them. 

I’m not condoning suicide by any means. “Suicide doesn’t prevent a life from getting worse, it just prevents it from getting better.” However, sometimes even Christian lose sight of what’s ahead and get desperate. We’re still human. I have to believe that God’s grace extends to those who take their own life. If God’s grace can redeem a murderer like King David, it can still reach someone who took their own life. 

That’s my answer. If you are in Christ and you commit suicide out of a moment of desperation, I have to believe you will still go to Heaven. 

If you are having suicidal thoughts though, I would encourage you to seek help from a godly friend, counselor, or minister. Jesus can set you free from the bondage of these thoughts. Keep your eyes on the King.


God bless!



About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

Posted on September 10, 2013, in Bible and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Too often people read the Bible and get confused about something like salvation or sin and forgiveness and grace. Even Bible scholars don’t agree on the meaning of a particular verse. For us common every day believers I think it is best to keep it simple. Thanks for making it simple and easy to understand.

  2. Amen!
    Christians, and non-Christians, get too busy compartmentalizing and prioritizing sin. Often this is the result of attempts to justify their own sins or to find fault in others. Everywhere I read in the scriptures – sin is sin. Suicide is as bad a sin as stealing, adultery, idolatry, and etcetera. God’s Words about forgiveness is simply stated in John 3:16-17. When Jesus was crucified He bore the sins of Adam and all mankind to the point and time of the cross as well as all of those born from that point through to the point of eternity. Nowhere in His word have I found that He takes back His gift of salvation. Never the less, it is Satan’s job to deceive us into believing and spreading his lies. The sacrificial Lamb bore all of our sins and iniquities so that we could receive His eternal gift of life. Who are we to judge….lest we be judged.

  3. Recently had someone in our family commit suicide unexpectedly. It is difficult to draw a red line or view these situations as black/white…there is only One who really knows what was going on inside a person’s mind in those final seconds before they actually die…Jesus can speak in the softest whisper and hear the final thoughts of a struggling soul…and save in an instant.

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