Oct 2, 2009

Suicide and the Bible: Jesus Christ: part one

There are many deep spiritual aspects to suicide, but the one common denominator among believers and non, is that there is a lack of hope.

This commentary is to help restore that hope, for believer’s it can come by none other than Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

There is a calling on every Christian to return to our first love and with suicide the shame, and self-loathing is contrary to this understanding and therefore is not of God. It was never His intention that suicide be even a thought or consideration in a believer’s life.

Although one can justify many valid reasons for suicide in their minds, it cannot stand against the workings of Christ and the Cross. The bloodshed on the cross acts as a witness to the testimony of God’s love, suicide only has death as a witness and is a testimony towards Satan’s hate that he has against the Cross and Jesus Christ Himself.

Many will still argue that suicide is a right through extenuating circumstances, but in actuality, every single believer who dies at their own hand, through the urging of Satan, condemns Christ to the Cross continuously. There is no martyrdom in suicide. There is no salvation, no peace, and certainly no justice, only destruction.

The enemy tempts every believer with their right to defy God and His law,(freedom of choice) which comes by the Cross. He tries diligently to make the Cross-a stumbling block so most will never see how easy it really is to be walking in God’s ways and how comfortable living in a believer’s freedom really is!

Jesus was sent by God to be born of flesh and lived under what is called the Mosaic Law.
(The Law handed down to Israel through Moses from God)

He never failed in at fulfilling the law ( As he was tempted, but was without sin) everyone who trusts the Lord Jesus who was the perfect substitute receives acceptance that is an adoption of all the blessings or benefits that Jesus purchased for us, which happened only by means of the Cross.

One of the most important of such benefits is what is known as redemption. Redemption, Deliverance from sin and evil- comes when we look upon Jesus Christ with faith and belief in the act that he did on the cross for our benefit. God who once looked upon us as law breakers, such as in the way of the Mosaic Law, we who have received adoption by this way of redemption, are now law abiding citizens in the kingdom and family of God!

Many people have said “I am not worthy” and while that is true, while we were once sinners, and although we still are, we are considered worthy, adopted as heirs to the throne of God.

“There is no one righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:10

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Romans 3:22-24 NIV

This is where believers can take heart! Suicide is contrary to this teaching as with any negative emotion -as it causes one to look away from the Cross-and away from what a believer is automatically entitled to through faith!

This teaching, although the foundation of our faith, is not made complete the moment we begin to believe. Many of us slide by in life resting on the foundation of what we were taught- neglecting, and some of us not even knowing, that we are not allowed to get by on the laurels of such foundational teaching. We are called to put our faith into action and delve deeper into the meaning of the cross, which enables us to have a relationship with the very God who sent Jesus Christ on our behalf!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the spirit.” Romans 8:1-4 NIV

The wrath of God was satisfied through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Through the cross, sin was atoned for and Satan was defeated. However, through the thoughts and actions of suicide, Satan preys on one’s weakness and ignorance of not standing firm in their faith in the act of Jesus Christ because He knows what little one knows.

While John 3:16 is the foundation stone to every believer’s faith, there is still much to be learned about Jesus Christ and the very act that makes us free. It is the only way to beat Satan’s destructive ways such as suicide or depression, and that is to become equipped and well armed with the knowledge that God entrusted us to live by through His Holy word.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV