When you kill yourself where are you? P___
Mike has asked me to respond to your question. Mike gets a lot of questions from the website and has a hard time keeping up. He has followed the commands in Exodus 18:17-27 and asked a few of us to help respond so everyone’s questions are answered quickly. I hope you don’t mind.
To answer your question, when you die, no matter how it happens, you are simply dead.
Suicide is not different from any other way of dying in that respect.
The scriptures liken death to sleep.
Joh 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Christ calls death sleep because he knows Lazarus will wake up, be resurrected.
1Co 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
We understand the invisible things, like death, but the things that are made. So let’s look at sleep to see what death will be like.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse:
When you are asleep, you know nothing. Immense amounts of time can pass and to you
it feels like not time has passed at all. We know nothing while we sleep.
Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing,
neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Much of Christendom teaches that when you die you immediately go to a physical place called hell or heaven. This is simply not true. We cover the topic of “Hell” in the milk doctrine series below call “Eternal Judgment”, and the second article covers heaven.
Once you are dead, you are awaiting the resurrection of the dead.
Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
Joh 5:29 And shall come forth;
1Co 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
1Co 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Most people desire to commit suicide because they want to escape the suffering they are going through in this present life. When you go to sleep at night, you wake up with all the same problems you had the night before. This same is true with death. When we are resurrected, will wake up with everything we were trying to escape from.
If you review the studies below on both Resurrection and Eternal Judgment, you will hopefully see how God is in the process of conforming us into his image by chastening and judging us as his children. There is no escaping this process; we’ll have to go though it now or after the resurrection.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Suicide is also a loss of hope. Once hope is gone, we have no motivation to continue on.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet,the hope of salvation.
Whether it is you or someone else in this dire situation, take heart knowing that God has caused these fiery trials that we would cry out for deliverance so he can answer.
Psa 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
I have been in this very situation and the Lord answered my cry. We are here to offer comfort if you need it.
There is much more to say about what happens after the resurrection which is covered in the studies “Resurrection from the Dead” and “Eternal Judgment” (see link below). There are study notes, audios, and videos, so choose whatever works best for you.
Please let me know if I answered your question,