Bible passages dealing with suicide
The Bible contains a number of references of men seeking suicide, either
||by taking direct action or
||by begging God to kill them on the spot.
In these passages, the authors of the Bible do not appear to consider
suicide to be a great moral sin. The act of committing suicide or of
asking that God kill them are simply reported in a factual manner. The
authors do not interpret these acts as sinful. They seem to be regarded
simply as straightforward personal decisions.
However, the Christian church has traditionally considered suicide to
be a great moral sin. Some denominations have even refused to bury people
who have committed suicide in consecrated land.
The New King James translation is quoted in this section
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Originally written: 2001-FEB-6
Latest update: 2009-SEP-11
Author: B.A. Robinson