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Suicide

Q: I was recently reading a book from a semi-famous evangelist that indicated that there are six (6) suicides recorded in Scripture. I can only recall four (4); 1.) Samson, 2.) Saul, 3.) Saul's armor bearer, and 4.) Judas Iscariot. Then he went on to say that the Bible did not necessarily condemn these men. Conversely, he wasn't suggesting that these men are saved either. I'm not sure about the others, but Samson is identified as one of the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:32; so I assume I'll see him in heaven some day. The passage itself was oddly inserted as it did not have much relevance to the subject at hand, but it did bring up some thought provoking questions in me.

Do you know who the other two characters in Scripture were that may have committed suicide? And the more difficult question, Is suicide a forgivable sin? I had been raised with the theology that suicide condemns the soul as it is a sin that can never be repented of (assuming one is successful in…