The taking of one’s own life – suicide – is self murder. Make no mistake, it is a sin and it is a crime. About the only way a suicide could be punished in this life was to refuse them burial in what was known as sacred ground. Relatives of the deceased had to find somewhere else to bury them. Gradually that ban was lifted and those who died by their own hand were permitted burial among the rest of societies dead.
If one accepts the scriptures as authoritative in such matters, then a passage in Genesis Chapter 9 seems to clearly give God’s mind on the matter of taking one’s life: “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man, whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man, shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made He man” (See verses 5 and 6). God will require that justice be satisfied in the taking of one’s life even if one takes his own life. But do not read into that text more than it says. It does not say that such an unfortunate is forever lost and consigned to hell fire. Just what God will require of the suicide is actually left unsaid.
When life becomes unbearable one needs to seek another avenue of escape other than ending one’s life. There is a burden bearer – Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Come unto me ALL ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I WILL give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Notice that the summons is extended to all – all without exception. And the promise is that Jesus Christ WILL give such rest from the burden of depression, loneliness, fear, anxiety, a bad marriage – whatever.
And there are two great truths that every would-be suicide needs to keep ever in mind: 1) One never knows what is around the corner of time. Perhaps the most fulfilling, happy, glorious days of life lay yet ahead, and 2) One can always hold out a little longer. Even those who say they cannot endure one more hour or one more day, if they would but put down the gun, step back from the river’s edge, take the noose from around their neck, they would find that they can indeed hold out a little longer.
There is a Christian song that says “Tears are a language God understands.” And that is true. God’s promise is to wipe away all tears from our eyes. We are not to stop the tears from flowing by killing ourselves. That really is no solution at all, for the suicide is then faced with the terrible sin of murder, self murder – and there will be a day of reckoning. “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ….every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (See Romans 14:10,12).
The would-be suicide has perhaps tried everything else. Why not try God? Why not surrender your life to the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit and enjoy that peace that surpasses all understanding? “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). The would-be suicide’s mind is fixed on self, one’s own problems and hardships. Fix your mind on God and on His goodness and eagerness to help, to bless and console.
Fear God and keep His commandments. One of those commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.” “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are but dust…..But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him” (See Psalm 103:13-14, 17).
God knows what you are made of, friend. He knows your emotions, your personality, your physical and mental strengths or disabilities, and He still says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” Take Him up on His gracious offer and live.
Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
There is an event recorded in the New Testament that most theologians refer to as the Mount of Transfiguration experience or miracle. It is recorded in three of the four gospel accounts, John being the one exception. In Matthew’s gospel account it is found in the 17th chapter, verses 1 through 13. In Mark’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 1 through 13, also. In Luke’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 27 through 36. In all three of these accounts a voice is heard speaking out of an overshadowing cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him.” Matthew adds the phrase, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.” This is, of course, God the Father, since the One speaking calls Jesus His beloved Son. But it is the COMMAND that is uttered to which we had better take heed: “Hear him” or, as we might say, “LISTEN TO HIM!”
I can understand the world at large ignoring that command. Billions do not know such a command was ever uttered. Those who do not believe in the inspiration of the scriptures, especially the New Testament scriptures, do not believe such a voice was ever heard and, therefore, for that reason, ignore the command to listen to Jesus Christ’s statements, teachings, instructions, etc. What I find quite troubling is that there are literally MILLIONS of professing Christians who believe such an event occurred but still ignore God’s plain, clear, easy-to-understand COMMAND. They do NOT listen to what Jesus said and do not obey Him in many areas.
Jesus said, “EVERY ONE that is of the truth, hears my voice” (See John 18:37). He didn’t mean hearing what He said in such a fashion as for it to go in one ear and out the other, but to hear what He said with such interest and eagerness as to OBEY what He said, to do what He said we are to do! He warned, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (See John 6:63). And He said, “He that believes on me has everlasting life” (See John 6:47). To believe ON Jesus Christ is not merely to believe facts about His life, that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again. To believe ON Jesus Christ is to believe what He said and to act upon what He said – to OBEY HIM in all things.
Again Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say???” (See Luke 6:46). Such conduct and behavior is ludicrous, senseless, absurd – and leads to eventual judgment and possible eternal death!
A short time before Jesus Christ was arrested and almost immediately crucified, a young man approached Him and asked what he must do that he might have eternal life. Jesus answered him, “If you will enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!” The spiritually blind argue, “Well, that’s how you got saved before the cross. Now, on this side of the cross, all we gotta do is believe.” Yet after the cross the apostles told those seeking to be saved that they must repent. (See Acts 2:38). Repent of what? Sin! And what is the Bible definition of sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law” – God’s law, the Ten Commandments. (See I John 3:4). So if sin is the transgression of God’s commandments, and one repents of sin, then that means one begins keeping God’s commandments. So Jesus did know what He was talking about when He told the young man he must keep the commandments in order to inherit eternal life!!!
Most folks don’t have much trouble believing we should keep nine of the commandments, agreeing wholeheartedly that true Christians should not lie, or steal, or kill, or commit adultery, or worship idols, etc. It’s that fourth commandment that sticks in their craw, you know the one that says, “Remember the Sabbath day to KEEP it holy….” That’s the one they want to jack hammer out of the tablets of stone, re-writing it to say, “Remember Sunday and make it holy.” Try to keep that fourth commandment and they will say you are a legalist, or that you are trying to put believers back under the law, or that you are trying to earn your salvation, or some such satanically inspired argument.
Yep, I believe I have got several years of life ahead of me. There’s just not that many of us left that can articulate the truth, who know the Word of God intimately well, who are now living godly lives, and who bow to Jesus Christ as our absolute LORD. That’s why when illness strikes us He heals us in record time, but He lets us know, “You’ve got a job to do and you better do it!”
Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
Now there’s an appealing doctrine: FORGIVEN! The true God of glory is merciful beyond human comprehension. Allah, the arch-demon posing as the Eternal, lacks mercy. Deceived Muslims call their moon god “merciful,” but he is not. That is why they show no mercy, brutally killing even children and mothers in labor. In committing such atrocities their blinded minds cannot see that the “god” they serve and worship is without mercy and actually the author of death, not life.
Forgiven! Decades of sins wiped out! Decades of bad choices obliterated from the mind of one’s Creator! Forgiven! The true God avows, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (See Isaiah 1:18). Now there’s a comforting doctrine that IS true, that has the support of scripture in abundance.
A tongue that uttered a thousand lies now speaks the truth. The hand that once stole now gives. The thoughtless is now considerate. Some noted wit of the past once said, “Facts are stubborn things.” And as some often say, “It is what it is.” The touch of the Master’s hand makes all the difference. Has He touched you in a wondrous way?
When I suffered from acid reflux, it was what it was. When God healed me it was no more. This is true of several other ailments and maladies. They were what they were, and they are no more. The only thing special about me is that I was an especially great sinner for an especially long period of time. I am merely an object of God’s grace, His limitless, measureless, incomprehensible grace. Let Allah put that in his pipe and smoke it.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (See Jeremiah 33:3). Of course that promise was made specifically to Jeremiah the prophet. Still there is no respect of persons with God. As the old “gospel” song says, “What He’s done for others He’ll do for you.” Of course one must have a vital, on-going relationship with God first. One must meet the conditions for answered prayer first.
Here is another scripture that proves the inspiration of scripture: “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me” (Jeremiah 33:22). More than one ancient writer thought they had numbered the stars. (I have written about this in an earlier article I penned some time ago). God is not given to exaggeration. He assured His faithful prophet Jeremiah that He would eventually multiply the number of princes and kings, as well as priests, to billions, trillions, a countless number! He is in the process of doing that right now, but is only in the very beginning of fulfilling that promise.
Folks, we are on the ground floor of God’s great plan of the ages. We are at the start of this plan, not the tail end. When Jesus Christ returns He is not going to say, “Gentlemen, it’s closing time. It’s over.” He is going to say, “Now let us begin to get the Father’s job done.” Most preachers have it wrong, because they “quote the party line,” so to speak. Putting a handful of scriptures together, while overlooking scores and scores of other inspired texts, they erroneously think God is trying His best to get the world saved right now. Why can’t they see that if that is the case God is failing miserably in what He intended to do???
God says He is going to return Sodom and Gomorrah, and all like peoples, to their former estate, bringing them back to life to a world not unlike the world they knew when they first lived on this earth so that they won’t suffer mind-boggling culture shock. (See Ezekiel 16:55). Those ancient people are not roasting in hell right now, having been in such a place for thousands of years already. They are DEAD and await a resurrection to life. God’s Word says these ancients will remember their ways and be ashamed (verse 61, same chapter). They will realize how deceived and wrong they were. This holds true for all others who lived and died gripped in inescapable deceit and confusion.
To say that God is fair is a gross understatement. God is much more than fair. He is much more than just equitable and reasonable. He is a Creator of unparalleled goodness and mercy. As I have stated so many times before, none will ever be able to shake their fist in God’s face and say, “I was never given a fair shake. I never even heard of such a thing as salvation or a possibility of living eternally.”
God’s Spirit limits visitors to my website as He knows I write on matters few can receive. Why try to explain the theory of relativity to a three year old child. He cannot receive what you are saying. Most ministers cannot receive what I am saying. That is why out of the hundreds I wrote and to whom I sent articles only a handful responded and some of them said, “I don’t agree with what you write.” When one is steeped in error the truth sounds like falsehood to such a mind. A Roman Catholic priest cannot accept what a Methodist minister believes and vice versa. What I write is not for all, but for a very few. That is why Jesus Christ Himself spoke in parables, NOT to make Himself clearer to those who heard Him, but to actually conceal what He was actually saying to all but those earnestly desiring and searching for the truth. (See Matthew 13:10-17). Most preachers believe the very opposite of what Jesus is saying in this text. They think Jesus spoke in parables to make His meaning clearer, using language the common folk could grasp and understand! WRONG!
I awakened some time ago with the compulsion to write and expound on a few scriptures. God prolongs my life, my health, my energy for a reason. His Spirit demands that I do what He has called, anointed and equipped me to do and that is to teach the Word of God faithfully and correctly. And I am sure as I lay dying one of the last thoughts that will be in my mind is the thought, “Why ME, Lord?”
Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),