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  “What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?”
Answer: The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). Five of these men were noted for their wickedness (the exception is Saul’s armor-bearer—nothing is said of his character). Some consider Samson’s death an instance of suicide, because he knew his actions would lead to his death (Judges 16:26–31), but Samson’s goal was to kill Philistines, not himself. (more)
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 According to the Bible, suicide is a sin. It is not the “greatest” sin—it is no worse than other evils, in terms of how God sees it, and it does not determine a person’s eternal destiny. However, suicide definitely has a deep and lasting impact on those left behind. The painful scars left by a suicide do not heal easily. May God grant His grace to each one who is facing trials today (Psalm 67:1). And may each of us take hope in the promise, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).(more)
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 People keep asking – why so much suicide in NZ? A common response is to point to the breakdown of the family and its supportive relationships or the alarming rate of child abuse. Trauma arising from a series of unhappy events occurring in a young person’s life can lead to depression, which sometimes doesn’t reveal itself until later in life.(more)
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 NZ Children commit suicide as young as 10 yrs old. Depression is well recognised in our children. Parents can help to safety proof their children by taking a purposeful and active role in coaching their children in key human skills like understanding and handling troubling feelings, controlling impulse and empathy.(more)
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 One New Zealander commits suicide every 16 hours on average – about 510 people a year. Only 15 percent of these people are youth – suicide exists right across the community. (more)
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 The worst thing the media can do when reporting a suicide is to sensationalise, romanticise, glorify or use graphic detail. However, balanced articles can be helpful. Look for underlying mental health issues, stress the need for resources and treatment programmes and encourage community awareness and action. (more)
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 Suicide is a TABOO subject in most New Zealand classrooms. Curriculum components specifically exclude suicide and it is recommended that teaching and discussion of suicide to children of all ages is NOT undertaken.(more)
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 Suicide is not only a personal tragedy but one that impacts the wider family and community. Philosophers, libertarians, theologians and the medical profession continue to debate the moral and ethical issues.(more)

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COMMENTARY: “What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?”

Source: Got Questions .org

Answer: The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). Five of these men were noted for their wickedness (the exception is Saul’s armor-bearer—nothing is said of his character). Some consider Samson’s death an instance of suicide, because he knew his actions would lead to his death (Judges 16:26–31), but Samson’s goal was to kill Philistines, not himself.

The Bible views suicide as equal to murder, which is what it is—self-murder. God is the only one who is to decide when and how a person should die. We should say with the psalmist, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15).

God is the giver of life. He gives, and He takes away (Job 1:21). Suicide, the taking of one’s own life, is ungodly because it rejects God’s gift of life. No man or woman should presume to take God’s authority upon themselves to end his or her own life.

Some people in Scripture felt deep despair in life. Solomon, in his pursuit of pleasure, reached the point where he “hated life” (Ecclesiastes 2:17). Elijah was fearful and depressed and yearned for death (1 Kings 19:4). Jonah was so angry at God that he wished to die (Jonah 4:8). Even the apostle Paul and his missionary companions at one point “were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself” (2 Corinthians 1:8).

However, none of these men committed suicide. Solomon learned to “fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Elijah was comforted by an angel, allowed to rest, and given a new commission. Jonah received admonition and rebuke from God. Paul learned that, although the pressure he faced was beyond his ability to endure, the Lord can bear all things: “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

So, according to the Bible, suicide is a sin. It is not the “greatest” sin—it is no worse than other evils, in terms of how God sees it, and it does not determine a person’s eternal destiny. However, suicide definitely has a deep and lasting impact on those left behind. The painful scars left by a suicide do not heal easily. May God grant His grace to each one who is facing trials today (Psalm 67:1). And may each of us take hope in the promise, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

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This organisation website is the result of several years planning and of course many, many hours of work by a small group of people. They intend to continue to develop the website still further, as the New Zealand public continue to provide them with feedback – suggestions, constructive criticism and the financial support necessary to progress to the next stage.

The website is unique. As far as they can tell, it is the first website in the world built as a true portal website relating to life issues, rather than what is called a “single dimension” website. This website aims to present all aspects of an issue, openly, honestly, without passing judgement and as best as possible without the usual bias caused by political, ideological, religious or financial interests.

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