By: Pastor Bob Tousey
“What about eternity?”, “Is suicide the unforgivable sin”?
The only unforgivable sin is rejecting the Holy Spirit, a sin most theologians believe Christians are not capable of and in my opinion most, if not all, people of faith are not capable of.
There is no where in these seven Biblical accounts where God took the opportunity to tell us that suicide is unforgivable.
This is a very understandable feeling. Suicide has all the trappings of having been a voluntary decision by their loved one. It is important to remember that a decision to take one’s own life is often the result of a mental illness. Because of the illness their loved one was not in complete or balanced control of their decision making at the time they took their life.
They feel they did not do enough to help their loved one and prevent the suicide. First, as just discussed suicide is often the result of a mental illness. Even the best of care and the love of one’s family & friends are not enough to overcome the disease. Also, quite often the illness goes unnoticed and undiagnosed.
Because mental illness carries with it some degree of stigma, people will deny they have it and go to great lengths to cover it up. Someone suffering from depression, substance abuse and such will often wear a happy mask. Reasonable people will never suspect the hurt and pain their loved one is going through.
Some families just have a quiet direct cremation and grieve privately; others have a viewing and service but just say the death was sudden, while others are open about the manner of death.