Tragically, suicide has been on the rise for decades. Fallen souls in a broken world, coupled at times with mental illness, delivers to many a devastating hopelessness and a desire for escape. And the world of isolation created by the pandemic has only accelerated this problem. With self-harm and suicidal thoughts in abundance both around the church and inside the church, the question that must be carefully, biblically answered is this: can a true follower of Jesus commit suicide?
This week, Peter, Aaron, and guest-hosts Adam Powers and Maggie Seibert discuss:
- [04:15] – Historically, what has been the church’s position on this question?
- [08:29] – Why is suicide such a big issue today?
- [12:15] – What does the Bible say about suicide? Is it a sin? And can you still go to Heaven after committing that sin?
- [13:45] – Does the sin of suicide show a lack of faith in Christ?
- [17:58] – What about committing suicide in order to get to Heaven more quickly?
- [21:01] – How should the church help those who are struggling with depression or mental illness leading to suicidal thoughts?
- [34:03] – What hope do we give to someone who has a friend or family member who has committed suicide?
“Dawn will come one day, and everything that is sad will be made untrue. That doesn’t dismiss that it is really dark right now, and that in this world we will have trouble. But Christ has overcome the world. And if we look to him, he promises that, in him, we can have peace, even though we have trouble in the world. And there is great hope in that.” ~ Adam Powers“Dawn will come one day, and everything that is sad will be made untrue. That doesn’t dismiss that it is really dark right now, and that in this world we will have trouble. But Christ has overcome the world.” ~ Adam PowersClick To Tweet
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