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  • First, the Bible does not teach there is any place like limbo. In fact, There is not even a concept like limbo mentioned. Man has an immortal soul. Once God makes something, like us, it does not just fade away, nor does it sit anywhere and vegitate. Our bodies on Earth are a temporary home for us, and are not immortal, but our souls are. Where will yours go? Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Die once and then the judgement. Not die, wait a thousand years or so, then maybe I'll get to you, by the way wait here and do nothing in the meantime. As for committing suicide, if you are a saved individual, then this will not get you sent to Hell. There will be a penalty at your judgement, but Jesus will not turn His back on you if you are truly His child. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. If you are not a child of God and commit suicide, then the same fate awaits you that awaited you if you lived 100 years.Without accepting God's wonderful free gift, you will go to Hell. There is no question about it, and no doubt that it will happen. The thing you need to do is accept that gift now, and get covered by His Holy blood. That is the only way to change your destination. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. For Glenn, As for the verses in Ezekiel 18, I would point to this, John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. No man includes yourself, and I do believe you will lose rewards (crowns to give back to Jesus) for what you have done, but not be damned. As for verses in Ezekiel 33 and 18, these verses are talking about those who would live by the Law.We are no longer justified by works and the law, but by Grace through Faith.Through belief in Jesus and His Gospel we are given forgiveness for what we do, and ALL sins can be forgiven if you have Faith in Him. Believe that He will forgive you as He promises to. As for James 2,These verses define the Faith which saves. Faith that does not produce good works is not saving Faith. The devil knows God exists, or has faith, but does nothing good, therefore his fate is sealed. The same could be said of the Pharasee in Luke 18. The Pharasee was praying for the praise of men, the publican for forgiveness. The Pharasee did not have Saving Faith, he wanted men to be impressed with his piety, where the publican asked God for mercy as a sinner. The Pharasee counted himself righteous, and the publican asked God to make him righteous.The publican did a good work as in saying the proper prayer in truth and humility, and showed Saving Faith. The Pharasee did not. In Jas 2:25 Rahab the harlot is said to be justified. Obviously a sinner, a harlot who told a lie to protect God's people. Consider the following which is cut and pasted from William Burkitt's commentary, Learn hence, that the duties and services of believers, though blemished with many defects, do find acceptance with God, and shall not fail to be rewarded by him. Rahab's faith was seen in receiving the spies, her weakness and infirmity appeared in her lying; God pitied and pardoned the one, and accepted and rewarded the other. I point to James 2:10 to sum up the answer to all of the questions you asked. James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Suicide is no worse in God's eyes than any other sin, they are all sins and all worthy of death. God's Grace and your Saving Faith can get you forgiven for your error, but there will be a price for what you did. What that price is I cannot say, but I don't think that God will destroy you if you are truly His child. Possibly you could be a servant in Heaven and wash the feet of the Saints for all eternity, but better that than burning with unquenchable fire forever, but that is just a guess. That is why it is so important to evangelize, and get as many as possible into God's family. That is their only chance at life eternal. Out of sincere concern for souls and honest interest in spreading the Gospel, and Glorifying God, we do great works and prove our Saving Faith. Thanks, Glenn for the challenge, and honest scriptural questions. Much better than the negative ratings and ignorance displayed by so many. G tech: Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad my answer was of service to you. I am sorry to hear about your father, I know , or knew a person who did much the same thing. He'd been saved for 50 years, but terminal cancer was eating him in a terrible way. He OD'd on his pain pills sitting on his couch, by eating a 3 month supply in a day. His adult son found him the next day, very sad. One more Bible verse for you: Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Regardless of decisions either bad or good, if you are saved, you are one of God's Saints, Praise the Lord! Glenn, I know, you think there is no salvation outside the Mormon Church. Why leave the comment then?
  • I pity on you If you can 100% prove that God and Heaven and Hell is a fable then people might believe and follow you even myself. God is so true the moment your living in a perfect human anatomy and ecological system is via supreme being who is God the one your calling a fable. even science can't prove where life came from but a tons of theories and pursuation to find answer.
  • I wouldn't be too judgemental on suicidals, I would say it's now how you died but how you lived.
  • they will go to the spirit waiting room like everyone else. you wait your turn and get sent where they send you. we didnt have a choice in our birth. we dont have a choice after we die. Steve, the big guy in the sky is in charge. Hell is living this life. Heaven is living after we transcend to the next level. People commit suicide by not taking care of themselves in a proper manner. people commit suicide by smoking tobacco, or drinking alcohol, or by eating too much.
  • While none of those places exists, I could have sworn the Catholic Church as recently as last year or so came to a formal decision that Limbo does not exist.
  • Why would this subject be exclusive to Christians? If God is all-powerful, omnipresent and part us all, then the premise is fallacious. IMHO, Hell is what we create given our beliefs, thoughts and actions, now and in the afterlife. From what I have come to understand and what resonated most with me as an appropriate answer to the question is this: Those who feel desperate, unhappy and separated from God, usually, will find themselves in a dark place, confused and alone, post-suicide. (Similar to what they were feeling while struggling through their material existence). This is not a place to be punished or judged, it is a place of our own making as co-creators with the One.
  • suicide is murder...even if it is your own...Thou shalt not murder. it does not say not to murder another , but you can yourself.... Judas was said to of "went where he was supposed to or deserved" according to God's Grace no one has the Authority to answer that but God..... A Christian KNOWS suicide is murder...... but I understand "mercy killings" and i can see where a person would want to alot of times...they are at their lowest points in life and like Judas, instead of turning to God they end it...
  • I've a better question: Why is it humans feel the NEED to answer such questions? Is it to satisfy an arrogance to believe we're better equipped to judge than GOD? GOD will judge such matters, & more fairly than any of us could ever hope to. Remember: Jesus GAVE HIS LIFE for us. Let us not continue these insults. I believe http://www.answerbag.co.uk/a_view/4515902 sums it up well.
  • Since those places don't exist, they don't go to any of them.
  • As soon as I'm appointed GOD, I'll let you know.
  • The only thing I don't get is, if the last thing you ever do is a sin (suicide) then when do you get the chance to (1 John) 'confess' it? I think Paul said something about eating (or not eating) the food offered in the temples of other 'gods' - something about doing whatever feels right to you, to the glory of God. That's a massive let out clause, because if he was right (and some say Paul sidetracked things more than a little bit) - IF he was right, then any act is secondary to the intention, to the honesty behind it. It boils down to 'do the best thing according to your understanding', and as there is nothing false or manipulative about any soul choosing the finality of death, I have to assume that their choice is honoured and accepted by God, whether it hurts him or not. Can of worms?
  • They just... die. Like everyone else.
  • I have always understood suicide to be a sin in the Christian religion. So if they do not repent they would presumably go to hell.
  • In Islam ,if anyone commits suicide,he/she will definitely go to hell!
  • Supposedly they go to hell. But I don't buy it. I was raised Christian and the Bible tells you over and over again that the path to Heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. So there is a major contradiction. But all this doesn't mean it's okay to take your own life, that needs to be left up to God.
  • What i don't get is why, if someone sufferes enough to even consider suicide, why doesn't god help them? Why do peoples lives get so horrible they feel the only way out would be suicide? I just can't get over it, i mean yeah eveyone has a "free will" but why couldn't he just give them a tiny little push away from the deep end? Well then now that i'm totally down about this whole subject, i've been told that people who commite suicide go to hell, but i think its worse then that i think they go to hell but don't realize that they are their and they suffer for eternity which again doesn't seem fair!!! wth?
  • My guess is the cemetary. The "soul" for those who believe - I have no idea. Let's say I opt for anyone of the three choices; prove me wrong, prove me right. As to the question being directed toward "Christian", do those that are not have other options?
  • They still go into a hole in the ground unless they have made prior arrangements to be cremated
  • As far as I'm aware, the Ecumenical Council decided that Limbo (the place the souls of unbaptized babies are sent) doesn't exist. Now, I don't know where all those Limbo babies go now - presumably Purgatory, where someone baptizes their disembodied little souls and sends them to Heaven. I'm waiting for the Ecumenical Council to decide that Hell doesn't exist. You'll have a poo-ton of pissed off Catholic School students realizing they put up with sadistic nuns for no reason.
  • As an apheist - I believe that phyiscally - they body will start to decay (unless cremated). The "soul" does not exists. So no heaven, no hell and no limbo. But hopefully they are still remembered in our hearts. Committing suicide is a much bigger offense in the Roman Catholic religion than most other Christian faiths. If "God" was compassionate then Im sure he would be able to understand why some people decide to end their own suffering. At the least the tooth fairy and Santa would be. Ooops sorry they dont exist either (but dont tell my kids).
  • It depends on the situation.
  • Same place everyone else goes to be it good or bad, in the ground with the worms or scattered as ashes...
  • Neither, that christian becomes non-existent.
  • Only God can answer this.
  • They'll go to the same place as everyone else, 6 feet under in a pine box. Personally, I think that's all there is to it.
  • 1) I assume what you wanted to know was rather: "What do the various Christian Churches teach about where a Christian committing suicide goes?". In fact, Atheism or different religions could have a totally different views about where a Christian committing suicide would go. There are numerous jokes also about followers of each religion going to the particular Heaven or Hell or whatever of their own religion. Moreover, some individual Christians do not always believe everything that their Church is teaching... Most Christian Churches teach today that a person committing suicide could eventually go to Hell, but could also in some particular circumstances still go to Heaven (after staying eventually some time in Purgatory). Limbo is quite a different thing (see further down). 2) "Modern Catholicism: In Catholicism, death by freely chosen act of suicide is considered a grave and mortal sin. The chief Christian argument is that one's life is the property of God, and to destroy that life is to wrongly assert dominion over what is God's. In point 2281 of the Catechism it is stated: 2281 Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self. It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations. Suicide is contrary to love for the living God. The 1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church indicates that suicide may not always be fully conscious – and thus not one-hundred-percent morally culpable: "Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide." - Modern Protestantism: Conservative Christians (Evangelicals, Charismatics and Pentecostals) have often argued that because suicide involves self-murder, then anyone who commits it is sinning and is the same as if the person murdered another human being. A number of Biblical figures committed (or attempted) suicide, most notably Saul and Judas Iscariot. While suicide is certainly treated in a negative way in the Bible, there is, however, no specific verse that explicitly states that suicide leads directly to Hell. Yet because Jesus Christ took the punishment for the sins of mankind, and suicide is seen as a sin, the result would be that the person who commits suicide would not be culpable, and that all his sins (including the killing of himself) would be covered by Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Consequently, some[weasel words] believe that Christians who commit suicide are still granted Heaven." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_suicide (This article contains also the views of various other religions) "Mortal sin, according to the beliefs of Roman Catholicism, and some Protestant denominations, is a sin that, unless confessed and absolved (or at least sacramental confession is willed if not available), condemns a person's soul to Hell after death." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_sin 3) Some remarks about Limbo: "On April 22, 2007, the advisory body known as the International Theological Commission released a document, originally commissioned by Pope John Paul II, entitled "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die without Being Baptized." After tracing the history of the various opinions that have been and are held on the eternal fate of unbaptized infants, including that connected with the theory of the Limbo of Infants, and after examining the theological arguments, the document stated its conclusion as follows: Our conclusion is that the many factors that we have considered above give serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptized infants who die will be saved and enjoy the beatific vision. We emphasize that these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge. There is much that simply has not been revealed to us. We live by faith and hope in the God of mercy and love who has been revealed to us in Christ, and the Spirit moves us to pray in constant thankfulness and joy. What has been revealed to us is that the ordinary way of salvation is by the sacrament of baptism. None of the above considerations should be taken as qualifying the necessity of baptism or justifying delay in administering the sacrament. Rather, as we want to reaffirm in conclusion, they provide strong grounds for hope that God will save infants when we have not been able to do for them what we would have wished to do, namely, to baptize them into the faith and life of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI authorized publication of this document, indicating that it is considered consonant with the Church's teaching, though it is not an official expression of that teaching. Media reports that by the document "the Pope closed Limbo" are thus without foundation. In fact, the document explicitly states that "the theory of limbo, understood as a state which includes the souls of infants who die subject to original sin and without baptism, and who, therefore, neither merit the beatific vision, nor yet are subjected to any punishment, because they are not guilty of any personal sin. This theory, elaborated by theologians beginning in the Middle Ages, never entered into the dogmatic definitions of the Magisterium, even if that same Magisterium did at times mention the theory in its ordinary teaching up until the Second Vatican Council. It remains therefore a possible theological hypothesis" (second preliminary paragraph); and in paragraph 41 it repeats that the theory of Limbo "remains a possible theological opinion". The document thus allows the hypothesis of a limbo of infants to be held as one of the existing theories about the fate of children who die without being baptised, a question on which there is "no explicit answer" from Scripture or tradition. These theories are not official teaching of the Catholic Church, but are only opinions that the Church does not condemn, permitting them to be held by its members." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo
  • They go to either the crematory or a hole in the ground just like everybody else
  • that is totally God's decision....as it was said of Judas....he has gone to the place he belongs....
  • According to the Bible, whether a person commits suicide is not what determines whether he or she gains entrance into heaven. If an unsaved person commits suicide, he or she has done nothing but “expedite” his or her journey to the lake of fire. However, the person who committed suicide will ultimately be in hell for rejecting salvation through Christ, not because he or she committed suicide. What does the Bible say about a Christian who commits suicide? I do not believe that a Christian who commits suicide will lose salvation and go to hell. The Bible teaches that from the moment a person truly believes in Christ, he or she is eternally secure (John 3:16). According to the Bible, Christians can know beyond any doubt that they possess eternal life no matter what happens. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). This is not to say that suicide is not a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. I would have serious doubts about the genuineness of faith of anyone who claimed to be a Christian yet committed suicide. There is no circumstance that can justify someone, especially a Christian, taking his or her own life.
  • The same place everybody else goes to: a hole in the ground
  • to the morgue. The imaginary places die along with the victim.
  • All 3 of those options are supported in some respect in the bible. There is no way to know what happens if you only consider religious beliefs.
  • I think they just die.
  • A Christian who commits suicide is in the same condition as a non-Christian. Unless there was a repentance/conversion between the act and the actual death, they're probably going to Hell. Suicide is the same as murder, only worse because it's against nature.
  • Nowhere in the scriptures does it say you go to hell for committing suicide or murder. King David was a murderer yet Jesus called David a man after his own heart. "An eye for an eye" was meant to indicate balance, NOT revenge. It was meant to state No More than an eye for an eye. Not to take ones eye when they take yours. “An eye for an eye and soon, everyone is blind!” People commit suicide to end an unbearable emotional pain. A pain no living person can say they have experienced. They have fought gallantly through their lives to live but for a split second, that battle is lost. Everyone has limits and we have all lost control at times. None of us can stand in judgment of another and the bible is very clear on this. God is a loving compassionate God who is more loving and forgiving then he is judgmental and condemning. You are measured by your heart and your life in full and measured only by God. You are more than your manner of death. God does not punish one for being in pain!
  • as Peter said of Judas when they were gathered to choose who would take Judas place, "he was in his right place". meaning that was not their judgement, only God's....
  • If you commit suicide you are commiting murder. If you kill yourself how can you ask forgiveness? But thats only what I think. God is the Judge not I.
  • is interracial marriage a sin?
  • That's a long debated issue man. Some people will look at it from the point of view that if someone took their own life, then they couldnt have been living for God, because its murder. But my opinion is these things don't need to get over-analyzed. The bible says, the heart is what counts, nobody goes to heaven based on their actions, because then we'd all go to hell. We can agree, that taking your own life is a sin, because its murder, we didnt make ourselves, God made us and we still take death into our own hands. But the Bible says all sins are the same to God. Theres only one unforgivable sin, and it aint suicide. I do believe by walking away from God, and turning your back on him, we can walk off the right path, but I also don't believe one sin can keep anybody out of heaven, and according to God's word, its just like any other sin
  • Uh-heaven, hell, limbo? WTF are you talking about?
  • A true Christian would not commit suicide. A person that does is not lost at all! In fact, they lay at rest until the resurrection when they will be instructed into the true ways of God. Suicide has been deemed cowardice!
  • No, their body becomes food for worms, just like the rest of us.
  • only god knows where they go

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