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Issues Behind Suicide

Please understand that many of these issues are often intertwined.

I. Looking a life as being unfair.   

David felt like life was unfair.  "Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me"  (Psalms 73:12-16).

Answer:  "Life Is Unfair" & "Overcoming Physical Pain"

II. Having no hope.   

"And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died"  (I Kings 16:18). 

Answer:  "Suffering Loss" & "Is God Able?"

III. Facing the loss of identity.   

"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers"  (I Kings 19:4).

Answer:  "To Gain Your Identity"

IV. Fearing of being found out. 

"Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself"  (Matthew 27:4-5).

Answer: "Clearing One's Conscience"

V. Fearing of facing agony and pain. 

"After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.  And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived"  (Job 3:1-3).  "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.  I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came"  (Job 3:25-26).  "And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers. Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died"  (I Chronicles 10:3-5).

Answer: "Overcoming Distresses"

VI. Fearing of facing shame

"And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.  Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died" (Judges 9:53-54).  "Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed. Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad"  (Jeremiah 20:14-15).  "Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?"  (Jeremiah 20:18).

Answer: "Overcoming Shame."

VII. Holding unforgiveness is an open door.  

"Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,  Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.  But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD"  (Jonah 1:1-3).  Why did Jonah do this?  He was holding unforgiveness toward the people of Nineveh who had harassed his people.  "And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live"  (Jonah 4:8).

Answer: "Bondage Of Unforgiveness"

VIII. Losing a sense of purpose and meaning in life.  

"And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father"  (II Samuel 17:23).

Answer: "God Has A Plan"

IX. Fearing the facing of cruel punishment.   

When Paul and Silas were in prison and the earthquake came the doors to the prison were opened.  "And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled"  (Acts 16:27).

Answer: "Double For Your Troubles"

X. Experiencing the uninvited intrusion of the enemy.  

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly"  (John 10:10).  We should understand that the thief comes in unaware if possible through our thoughts.  If we do not bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus, then we may come to agree with lies of the enemy without realizing it.  Actually, we may open the door to the enemy without realizing it.  Although, the following verses do not directly address suicide, they speaks of the deceptive work of Satan.  "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel"  (I Chronicles 21:1).  "And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him"  (John 13:2).  "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?"  (Acts 5:3).  

Answer: "Taking The Spoil"

Some Additional Articles:  

"Is Suicide The Answer?"
"Some Real Answers For Suicidal Thoughts"

***** "Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?"  (Ecclesiastes 7:17).