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  1. SUICIDE www.HebronChurchOfChrist.com

  2. SUICIDE • What do Saul, Ahithophel, and Judas • have in common? • Suicide • “the intentional taking of one’s own life” • Literally: self-kill or self-murder • Why – loss of hope or to make a point

  3. SUICIDE • Suicide is condemned in the Bible • & should never be an option • God gave life, Gen. 1:26, 27 • Life is sacred, Gen. 9:6 • No right to take it unlawfully • Others: homicide • Self: suicide

  4. SUICIDE In The Bible Does Not Solve Problems Samson Does Not Justify

  5. SUICIDE In The Bible • King Saul, 1 Sam. 31 • Luxuries, servants, wealth • Turned from God, 1 Sam. 13, 15 • Years of envy & selfishness, 1 Sam. 18-27 • Became totally lost in life, 1 Sam. 28:5-19 • Desperate circumstances, 1 Sam. 31:1-3 • Gave up & killed himself, 1 Sam. 31:4, 5 • Did not trust in God

  6. SUICIDE In The Bible • Ahithophel, 2 Sam. 15-17 • Wise man, counselor to David, 2 Sam. 16:23 • Betrayed God’s anointed, 2 Sam. 15:12, 31 • Outlined plan to kill David, 2 Sam. 16:15-17:4 • Advice dismissed, 2 Sam. 17:5-22 • Took his own life, 2 Sam. 17:23

  7. SUICIDE In The Bible • Judas, Mt. 26, 27 • Betrayed the Lord’s anointed, Mt. 26:14-50 • Greedy & materialistic, Jn. 12:4-6 • Realized his guilt, Mt. 27:3 • Tried to alleviate his guilt, Mt. 27:3, 4 • Hanged himself, Mt. 27:5

  8. SUICIDE In The Bible • Judas, Mt. 26, 27 • Could have turned out different • Peter repented & was faithful, Jn. 21 • Rahab the harlot became faithful, Heb. 11 • Saul of Tarsus – Apostle Paul, 1 Cor. 15:10

  9. SUICIDE Does Not Solve Problems • It does not solve problems for you • Sin by taking your own life, Rev. 21:8 • Other sins still against you, Lk. 13:3

  10. SUICIDE Does Not Solve Problems • It does not solve problems with others • Problems not solved – did not disappear • Problems remain permanently unresolved

  11. SUICIDE Does Not Solve Problems • Perhaps the most selfish act • Only thinking of your pain & your relief • Want those left behind to feel guilty

  12. SUICIDE Does Not Solve Problems • Suicide is for those who are too weak • to face their problems • Not a noble thing

  13. SUICIDE Samson Does Not Justify Died faithful to God, Heb. 11:32

  14. SUICIDE Samson Does Not Justify • Died fighting God’s enemies, Judges 16:23-30 • Prisoner & slave • Philistines involved in idolatrous worship • Called on the Lord, Judges 16:28 • Received strength, Judges 16:29, 30

  15. SUICIDE Samson Does Not Justify • Died fighting God’s enemies, Judges 16:23-30 • Similar cases • Firefighter • Soldier

  16. SUICIDE • What do Saul, Ahithophel, and Judas • have in common? • Suicide • “the intentional taking of one’s own life” • Literally: self-kill or self-murder • Why – loss of hope or to make a point

  17. SUICIDE • Suicide is condemned in the Bible • & should never be an option • God gave life, Gen. 1:26, 27 • Life is sacred, Gen. 9:6 • No right to take it unlawfully • Others: homicide • Self: suicide