Q: My sister recently committed suicide after about 15 years of being in and out of psychiatric hospitals. What is the Bible's stand on suicide?

A: Please accept our deepest condolences for the passing away of your sister. To answer your question, the Bible does not actually pass a moral judgment on suicide but only records those events in which people took their own lives.

It is commonly taught that anyone who commits suicide automatically condemns him or herself to hell, but that is simply not taught in Scripture. Committing suicide is certainly a sin, as a person taking his or her own life takes a prerogative that belongs only to God. But if a person has truly been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, then that person cannot commit any sin that would cause him or her to lose their salvation. And that includes the sin of suicide.