Posts Tagged ‘death’

Does The Bible Encourage Suidice?

December 9, 2012

The Bible has some good things to say about suicide

If you are thinking of committing suicide — call some Godly folks and talk to them at 1-800-273-8255. Right NOW! The wise people on the phone are much smarter than I am.

I cannot say for sure whether or not the Bible exactly wants you to commit suicide. There seems to be much value in not killing yourself. However, according the Bible, there is nothing wrong with committing suicide. Some of our greatest Biblical heroes have committed suicide! You should always look to the example of such Godly men as Samson and Saul, who both killed themselves. The Bible is the infallible Holy Word of God and the Godly men in it should always guide our steps.

In this Bible Study we will open up His Word and look at exactly what the Bible has to say on your own suicide.

If you are thinking of suicide, you should certainly read our earlier Bible Study on how meaningless life is. That can give you information on what the great Father thinks of you. It’s good that the Bible makes no mistakes, it has no errors in it! I thank the father that he has given us sinful humans this Holy Word. We are filth in his sight.

Matthew 22:21
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

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

Certainly God does not think highly of us humans. He formed us out of dust [Genesis 2:7] and blessed us all with a sinful nature. We are sinful humans and we are dirt in the eyes of the wonderful Father. It is reasonable to think that ending your own life might be exactly what God wants you to do. He has blessed us with so much sin.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Job 7:15-16
15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. 16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

John 8:34
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

When I was a child Samson was my favorite hero from the Bible. I looked up to this strong man who fought against the Philistines. Samson was such an example of what it is to be a Godly man. When Samson asked God to give him the strength to push over the pillars and kill himself and the Philistines — God did strengthen Samson so he could commit suicide! God himself helped such a great man to commit suicide.

King Saul was chosen by God to be king. Saul was anointed by the prophet Samuel, and Saul was loved by God. Saul too committed suicide.

1 Samuel 31:4-5
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.

The Bible shows us two suicides at the same time. Saul is surely in heaven right now smiling down upon you as you ponder if suicide might be right for you. I do pray that you can make a decision using the wisdom of the Bible. Always remember that the Bible is never wrong, even when it says that God is all-powerful.

In closing I’ll leave you with one last encouragement for your life.

John 12:25
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Should I Kill Gay People?

May 13, 2010

Does the Bible support killing gays?

This is another tough subject to conquer. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand when it comes to knowing what a person can and cannot do. I do believe all answers to all of our hardest questions can be found in the Bible. We simply must come forward with an open heart and mind and be willing to listen. God will speak to us if we are willing to hear.

I think we all know there is a difference between murder and killing. Murder is done to innocent people who don’t deserve to die. That is a sin and should be punished. Sometimes though, if someone is going to harm you or your loved ones, you may have no choice but to kill them. There are rare times when killing is acceptable under God’s law. Time of war and battle fall into this category. But in what other situations is killing acceptable? When our moral foundations are threatened, is that something we can kill for? Let us open us the good word that the Lord God has provided for us and read what he has to say to us today.

Leviticus 20:13
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

I know this seems very straightforward. We sometimes have to think over the words of the Bible, and make sure they do not have hidden meanings. We must address spiritual and historical contexts. I know from my discussions with many other believers that often this is considered to be Old Covenant law. This may or may not be true, let us look at this at that concern. If this were Old Covenant law, there would be no supporting texts in the New Testament. So we must open up our New Testament and see how it treats this subject matter.
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The Bible Says Life is Meaningless

December 3, 2008

Does life have no meaning to it?

The Bible very clearly communicates that life has no meaning. There are many verses which state this, and most of these passages are found in the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. Let me quote some of the more straightforward verses for you. The following several verses are all from the wise and wonderful book of Ecclesiastes.

1:1 – I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

11:8 – However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

9:9 – Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

7:15 – In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.

These are incredible verses that speak such truth, as the Bible always does. I would really encourage you to open up your Bible and read Ecclesiastes for yourself. It is just a book full of wisdom and knowledge. If I could put the whole book into this study, I would. These studies are intended to be short, but you really should read it on your own.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

It should now be 100% clear that the Bible says that life has no meaning. Ecclesiastes is very clear on it’s statements that life has no meaning. 3:20 reads “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”, and there is strong suggestion in that statement that there is no afterlife and no meaning. We are just dust, and we return to dust after we die. That verse is open to interpretation though, so do ponder what it means to you.

The insightful author of Ecclesiastes complains aloud in 2:21 that is it a misfortune that he will have to leave everything to someone else. A vain life with no meaning is hard to cope with, I know. The shock that nothing you do has any meaning or long lasting repercussions really rattles the system at first. You spend your whole life knowing that the good things you do in secret will be rewarded after you die. It is hardy fair that some spend their time doing horrid evil deeds and their fate is no worse than your own. It just seems wrong. As per Eccl 8:14, your good deeds go unrewarded and, the evil deeds of others go unpunished. Life is just vain.

The great and wise King David would seem to agree.

Psalm 39:6
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

The Bible teaches many things, and we can learn much from it. We can learn about everlasting life offered to us, and about salvation and how we can go to heaven. Also, we can learn how life has absolutely no meaning and when we die we turn into dust. It is a very wise book to teach us so many things.