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According to your personal beliefs, is there a post-mortem consequense for people who commit suicide?

Asked by FluffyChicken (5511points) June 28th, 2011

If someone were to commit suicide, what do you think the consequences would be in the afterlife, if there even is one? I’m not asking about the consequences here in this “world” or whatever you want to call it. I realize the people you left behind would be sad, and someone would have to clean up the mess etc. Spiritually, what happens to people post suicide, and is it different than someone who dies naturally or of an accident or something? If so, how?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

Yes. They have to turn right back around and do it all over again… life that is.

FluffyChicken's avatar

So, then reincarnation in other-words? Would that person remember the pain that drove them to it in the first place?

CaptainHarley's avatar

Nope, not that I am aware of.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Yes: they’re dead.

Other than that, nothing.

KatawaGrey's avatar

I do not think that there are any special consequences except that a person who commits suicide will need more help working out their earthly issues before moving on to the next stage of existence, whatever that may be.

zenvelo's avatar

No. My belief in a compassionate God would welcome and comfort them in heaven.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

As a former Christian, I struggled with the thought that God would deny a place in heaven for anyone who committed suicide, much less that they were condemned to Hell or Limbo. If there is some sort of spiritual creator of the universe, why would they be concerned with the cause of a person’s demise? Until I come across an answer that makes sense to me, I believe that there is no consequence.

JLeslie's avatar

Since I don’t really believe in an afterlife, there would be no consequence. If there is an afterlife, I also believe there would be no negative consequence. I don’t think God would ever punish someone for suicide. Maybe if you had some purpose in the grand scheme of things, God would be annoyed that now he needed a plan B?

josie's avatar

No. When they kill themselves, the universe ends for them.

tranquilsea's avatar

No. It’s officially lights out for you. I don’t think the universe cares in which manner you perish.

Jellie's avatar

No. It’s the same thing as anyone that dies of a bullet, heart attack, natural cause etc.

Meego's avatar

Well..I used to think we all got reincarnated. I’m not really believing that so much now. I had messages from both my father and my husband after they passed. I also talked to god while my husband was sick.
I also had an encounter with my father while he was on his death bed. We were all in the room I just blanked out and held the cross he left for me. He spoke to me loud and clear and told me to tell my mother he loved her and it was beautiful and his words “tell em all I luv em” I told him I wanted him to be around he said “I will, don’t you worry I will. This all happened in my head, there really is no way to tell if it was real or not. His voice was clear as a bell like we were actually talking something I have never had happen before.
I believe if you commit suicide you will still get the same chance to repent your sins. We are Gods children he will not turn away from us. There are external forces that are always beyond God and I believe that was how it was with my husband he will always except us unless you turn away and shun him, ironically it is the same when you are alive.
It will always be up for debate I think.

Blondesjon's avatar

Before I can properly answer this I need to know if auto-erotic asphyxiation is considered suicide or accidental death.

livingchoice's avatar

First off there is no such thing as purgatory or limbo and no one is burning in hell right at this moment. All those who have died before are resting in their graves, unconscious of what’s going on and when Christ comes back to execute the Judgement they will arise to face the record of their lives and then after being shown that they deserve to be in hell they will burn up until they are ashes.

With that said a person who kills themselves has forfeited the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, because we cannot die for our own sins, and they will be condemned to hell fire on judgement day.

tranquilsea's avatar

@livingchoice oh goodness gracious. The Christ I read about in the bible was one who was the champion of the sick and downtrodden. That Christ would understand and protect even those who died by way of suicide. And as they say: go to heaven for the scenery and hell for company.

asmonet's avatar


Even if I did believe in Hell, or some sort of eternal suffering I think it’s a major cosmic FUCK YOU to someone who was clearly burdened with tremendous pain. I’d probably lose my belief in hell once I thought about that.

Clearly, I’m not meant to believe. :P

asmonet's avatar

@livingchoice: I cannot believe that Christ or a similar figure could not forgive, or have compassion. If someone is in so much pain they end their life and we humans can forgive them and attempt to understand, why can’t our ‘savior’?

livingchoice's avatar

@asmonet In order for a person to go to heaven they must be sinless. God says that sin (affliction) shall not arise a second time.(Nahum 1:9) In order to get to the point of sinlessness we must confess our sins to God and repent form the sins we commit. Once we turn away from those sins and are living a righteous life, when we die, we will be resurrected at the second coming and go to heaven.

But a person who kills them self cannot repent of the murder they just committed because there is no repentance in the grave. That is because when you die you are no longer conscious of what’s going on around you. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) You cease to exist until the resurrection. (Revelation 20:5)

Now the criteria for going to heaven is a sinless life. If you go and kill yourself you would have committed a sin, thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13). You will not be able to repent of that sin, because you would not have been able to repent of it in the grave. The same mindset of wanting to kill your self is still in you. You have not changed. The same way you go into the grave is the same way you will be resurrected. If you die a sinner you will be raised a sinner and face the judgement. If you die a saint you will be raised a saint at the second coming.

God cannot and will not go against his word. If he did then the devil will be right that God’s law is too hard to keep and that we must sin. God DOES understand but that doesn’t mean that he will exempt you.

Then why don’t we all just kill ourselves and cut out this long drawn out life and cut to the second coming. God will understand right? Remember always before you begin to formulate your ideas from what you feel, There is a way that seems right unto man but the end there of are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

livingchoice's avatar

God has his method of forgiving a person. Acts chapter 2. God says that we must repent and turn away from the sin. Repentance is a sorrow for sin and a turning away from the wrong that we do. Then and only then will God forgive us. Does he understand what we are going through? Yes, will he accept us if we don’t repent AND turn away from sin? NO. So then if you can’t repent in your grave will you gain forgiveness? NO. You will be lost.

Repeating for clarity.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@livingchoice I understand why you think as you do, and I’m sure @asmonet does as well. But your view makes God into a rather tyrannical and morally depraved being. If you think that’s what God is (or would be) like, very well. We do not.

everephebe's avatar

I think there is a case to be made that Jesus committed a form of assisted suicide, as he went knowingly to his own death….

CaptainHarley's avatar


Very interesting thought!

the thing is, the rest of us cannot “save” anyone for eternity by dying for them, which is what the Bible says Jesus did.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@CaptainHarley Well, Harry Potter can. He inherited the ability from his mother.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@CaptainHarley Hey, you know I’m right! Technically, though, Harry = Jesus in the story’s mythology. So I guess you’re still correct.

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