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Is suicide a sin?

By Kevin Caruso of www.suicide.org.

I do EVERYTHING that I can to prevent suicide and educate people about suicide.

But suicides do occur.

And suicide survivors cope with overwhelming pain in the aftermath.

And I do EVERYTHING that I can to help and comfort our angels here on earth - suicide survivors.

I am honored to have innumerable friends who happen to be suicide survivors, and I can tell you first hand that the "Suicide is a Sin" issue is an EXTREMELY disquieting thing for them to deal with.

First off, suicide is NOT a sin.

One more time– SUICIDE IS NOT A SIN.

People who die by suicide are in INTENSE, overwhelming pain, and they want that pain to stop. And the vast majority of people who die by suicide have a mental illness.

So let me ask you this: Is it a sin to have a mental illness?

Certainly, if suicide is a sin, then mental illness must also be a sin. How could anyone argue otherwise, for to do so would defy logic. The vast majority of suicides are caused by a mental illness. Most suicides FOLLOW a mental illness. Period.

Let me also ask you this: Is it a sin to have pain that is so overwhelming that you cannot function?

Well, is it?

If suicide is a sin, then having overwhelming pain must be a sin, too. The vast majority of people who die by suicide do not want to end their lives, they want to end their pain. Suicide FOLLOWS extreme, overwhelming pain. Period.

So it therefore follows that if suicide is a sin, then having overwhelming pain is a sin, and having a mental illness is also a sin.


Suicide is NOT a sin.

EVERYTHING must be done to prevent suicide, but when someone dies by suicide, to tell the suicide survivors that their loved one has sinned is not only patently wrong, on both factual and moral levels, but is also CRUEL.

Once again, we see IGNORANCE as the cause of a problem.

It is ignorance about suicide that cause people to make such unbelievably idiotic, insensitive, and inaccurate statements.

And some of the clergy are part of the problem - SOME, not all.

I have been to funerals for people who died by suicide in which the "Sin of Suicide" was discussed by the pastor during the service. And I was sickened. How could a man or woman of God speak in such a manner at a funeral with the suicide survivors in attendance.

And I have had numerous theological arguments about this issue with various pastors.

Many are recalciatrant:"Suicide is a sin," they say.

And I say again.Suicide is NOT a sin.

It never has been, and it never will be.

It is an ACT that occurs because someone is mentally ill and is suffering from unbearable pain.it is an act to stop excruciating pain.

It is an ACT by someone who is mentally ill.

So the next time someone tells YOU suicide is sin, you can categorically tell them that it is not.



01/14/2017 at 7:01 AM
Han K
To the first comment - I don't think so. If suicides become religiously "not a sin" it's not going to be a trend or anything. People are scared of hell, but it's not the first worry that comes to mind in suicides. They think of family, joy, memories, good people, the good side of the world and so on before suicide. There are lots of ways to resolve complicated things other than suicide, then, why choose to kill themselves? It's not handing a gun to shoot yourself. Hell does not come first in the suicidal minds.
09/16/2015 at 9:35 AM
Junie A.
To say suicide is not a sin, is like handing a gun to someone and saying "go shoot yourself". I'm not saying it is a sin, nor am I saying it's not. People have the freedom given to them by God Himself to make choices about their lives. we must keep in mind that our choices don't only affect us and there are always consequences to our choices, be it positive or negative, but there are consequences. I believe God would prefer we trust Him implicitly to take our pain away! As one of the commenters stated earlier on this post, " one is taking their own life and taking God's will into their own hands" and basically telling God, 'look, you're cool and all, but I don't trust you enough to help me or save me from my pain for that matter'. We must truly be careful with the messages we send as persons of faith. Many people who commit suicide, usually do this because they can't find anyone who would just listen with empathy and compassion, without judgement nor condemnation. I pray that all those who struggle with the thought finds peace in God the Father, He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. As for the lady with the life story of one struggle or loss after the next, your story gives me courage to move forward. You've overcome so much and is still moving forward. You are to be commended for your strength and faith! I've never contemplated taking my own life, just for the simple fact that I can't give life, so it's not mine to take. I encourage you all to trust your maker and seek His face in finding out what lesson He has for your through your trials, struggles and pain. Pain, i believe comes to make us strong and grow! With Love and much blessings! Junie Arisme, MSW
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