QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SESSION WITH REV. (DR.) CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
QUESTION – Alexander (Ireland): Hello Pastor Chris, I thank God for your ministry (Pastor Chris replies: “thank you”), it’s a blessing. My question is this: what does the bible say about suicide? Is suicide a sin? Thank you.
ANSWER: Yes it is. And, it’s important for me to explain some thoughts to you. What’s the cause of suicide? The main cause of it is SELFISHNESS, SELF-CENTEREDNESS; that’s the cause – SELF-LOVE. Someone is probably frustrated with the society or frustrated about something or is in self-defeat and he thinks, “Well, I’ll take my life.” No one takes his life [commits suicide] joyfully; no one says, “I’m so happy, I want to kill myself.” Often, it is because of some depression, of some feeling of rejection, something negative that you feel – that you think. And so, someone might decide to take his own life because of that; but, is it okay? No, it’s not okay!
There’s a reason for that. I’ll read to you from Romans chapter 14, from verse 7, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. [Romans 14:7-8]” Simple! So, you live, not for yourself, but for the Lord and if you decide to die, you can’t kill yourself because your life is not yours. The bible says, “we are bought with a price” [1 Corinthians 6:20]; we belong to Christ. He says, “None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself” – that’s the 7th verse. No man liveth to himself.
So, if you don’t live to yourself, there’ll be no reason to give up on life. So, you can’t be that self-centered. You’ve got to think about what the Lord thinks, what’s on His mind, what’s His purpose for your life; have you fulfilled your reason for living? Why are you alive in the first place? Why were you born? Have you found out your purpose for life? You cannot take your life until you’ve fulfilled that purpose. And when you fulfill that purpose, it’s up to the Lord to say, “This is how this man ends up”. So, taking your life means that you’ve chosen to live to yourself; you’ve decided how long you want to live and you’ve decided when you’re going to die and how you’re going to die. That means you’re dying to yourself, and this is all just wrong for a Christian. A Christian cannot take his own life, so SUICIDE is a SIN.