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Why should believers avoid suicide (a quick trip to heaven)?


Question:
  We had a young lady in our church who recently took her own life and the pastor said from the pulpit that she is now dancing with Jesus. I hope that is true.  My greater concern is for the young people who are left and still have to struggle with this life. They too might want to take the easy way out like this young lady, since they too will be dancing with Jesus.  Is this a sound theology? Is this wrong application of scripture?

 

Answer:  Suicide with not separate us from the love of God.  However, all believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:10), and the sin of suicide will certainly take away from reward for faithful service.

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