Can a person that commits suicide go to heaven?

A pastor friend of mine told his wife that he was going to the hospital to visit some members that were sick.  He got into his automobile, drove a few miles and stopped along the highway.  He then put a pistol to his head and killed himself.

Most of us know someone that has taken their own life..  Is this an immortal sin?  Can they go to heaven?  The answer is yes!

The Bible says that Samson killed himself.  He had been taken into a large Colosseum to be made a spectacle by the Philistines.  He put his arms around the two middle pillars that supported the building.  He prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.  And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein.  So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”  (Judges 16:30)

In “God’s Hall of Fame” in Hebrews chapter 11, Samson is listed along with David, Samuel, etc.  (vs. 32)

I personally believe that a Christian that commits suicide is at that moment in time, insane.  This may be caused by many different issues.  I do know that if they had truly been born again, their soul goes to heaven.

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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