What happens to the soul after suicide?

Written by Lynette Hoy NCC, LCPC

soulsuicideWhat happens to one’s soul/spirit after suicide?I recently had a close friend commit suicide and I am so worried that she will still not be at peace with herself. She had an anxiety disorder due to a troubled childhood and although she loved life, her friends, and her family, she just could not be independent as she could not relax.

We struggled together with this for so long. She was a creative and loving individual who had traveled much and lived away from us for a few years, so she had known independence. She feared for her sanity – she explained to me that she wanted to die because she actually did love herself and the constant thoughts going through her head would eventually turn into madness. I dearly love her and couldn’t bear to think that she will eternally go through this struggle. I am searching within myself to find meaning in my loss.

Advice: It’s obvious that you were and are a very close and loving friend. You have suffered with your friend right up to the end and beyond. You cared about her welfare, her emotional and spiritual state. But, now this tragedy has occurred and no matter what you or anyone tried to do – she has passed into eternity.

First of all, I want to tell you that your friend’s suicide and death was not anyone’s fault. Her suicide was the result of her choice and her psychological instability. Don’t let false guilt and self-blame take over. You and others tried to help. But, this woman is the one who made the choice despite all your pleadings and intervention.

Secondly, you need to grieve your friend’s death. You will go through several stages of loss: shock and denial, protest and dealing with the reality of her death, anger, confusion, depression and finally, reorganization. It’s normal to grieve. It’s important to care for yourself. You may need counseling. Go to your pastor for prayer and support. Read your Bible, especially the Psalms and the gospel of John. Jesus talks about God’s love for you and for the world, His plan to give you eternal life (John 3:16) and abundant life (John 10:10). Scripture will bring you comfort and hope for the future – hope for eternity.

The Bible does have stories about people who committed suicide but, it doesn’t talk about where their souls went – to heaven or to hell. But, Jesus promised: “I am the resurrection and the life – he who believes in me though he may die – yet shall he live.” John 11:25 If your friend trusted in Christ as her Lord and Savior – she is in heaven today. How do I know? Because Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

Jesus claimed to be God, to speak the truth and the words of God. He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world and then, rose from the dead on the their day. Over 500 witnesses saw the resurrected Christ!
Because of these facts – you can have great hope for the future! You can trust that Christ loved your friend greatly and will judge her justly.

Suicide is a devastating experience to those who loved its victim. Suicide happens because the person is so depressed and has not received the appropriate treatment – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

But, suicide, though a sin, can be forgiven – at the foot of the cross where all sin is wiped away when one believes in the Savior who sacrificed Himself to redeem the world.

You will never feel comfortable with what happened. A life was lost. But, you can trust that God can bring good out of this circumstance. God can become more personal to you in this time of suffering. God can give you courage and make you a person of character with strong values. God can demonstrate His love and comfort to you during your pain. God can give you more wisdom to help others who have suffered.

This world is a broken place – a place that is not our home. We are just passing through. Your friend could not stand the emotional and mental turmoil she experienced. But, you can. You and God can go on.

She ended her stay on earth and God allowed her to do it. He did not cause her to do it because He is not the author of evil. He does allow people to make choices which are against His will. But, you can find hope and courage to discover God’s will for your earthly life. You can leave a legacy that will give others hope for tomorrow and for eternity.

If you find you are depressed and anxious because of this – see a counselor. You can find a counselor. God bless you as you discover what He has in store for you even in the midst of this loss.

Take a look at your life. How would you describe it? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at times. There are things we dream of doing one day, there are things we wish we could forget. In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new.

What would your life look like if you could start over with a clean slate?

Living with hope

If you are looking for peace, there is a way to balance your life. No one can be perfect, or have a perfect life. But every one of us has the opportunity to experience perfect grace through a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised.

Is this the life for you?

If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest.

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Read about grieving
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Lynette Hoy, NCC, LCPC

© copyright 2003 Lynette Hoy, NCC, LCPC



297 Responses to “What happens to the soul after suicide?”

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord I lift up Kiwi to You that you will bless her and the life that she is living with you. In Jesus name Amen

  • kiwi says:

    Thank you Barbara that was a beautiful word in due season I appreciate it so much I’m standing and will not fret or worry I cast the care because my Lord Loves me. Thanks so much! Keep doing the Lord’s work.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi Kiwi, You keep pressing onwards and God will bless you! Your victory is in the making! I’d like to share with you a link to “Arise My Daughter” a powerful message that has blessed many of God’s daughters that have read it! I pray that it does the same for you!!!


    I’ve incorporated it into a book that I have written “Arise My Daughter – A Journey from Darkness to Light” it has blessed so many of my readers and to see them come out victoriously from whatever battles they are in has been amazing. I continuously praise God for rescuing me from several suicide attempts to now help others gain the same victory!

  • kiwi says:

    And thank you Chris for your prayers, my world is falling down around me right now, but I’m pressing on. I have no choice but to press, have to believe regardless to what I see with my natural eyes that this will past.

  • kiwi says:

    You can deny the word all you want, its according to your faith. But that’s the point you must have faith to be a Christian. Regardless to your situation you still have to trust GOD. I’m attempting to do that right now, It’s been a rough day and my situation has not changed. But I have to pick myself up and continue to stand, not knowing what the outcome will be. Just trusting that the Lord loves me and he will provide. Not take my life, which is our way of taking the situation out of his hand, and deciding we know the best way to take. Death is an enemy of God. We have to press, even when its hard, its hard for me right now. No where in the bible does it tell us to do that, lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. You might not understand but trust is key, even if it looks like you’re not going to make, you have to have faith he will provide a way of escape out of whatever it might be. For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. It’s all about trust and faith, and taking your life is not faith or trust, it’s taking matters into your own hands b/c you don’t trust the Lord to fight for you, or deliver you or take care of you. That’s the bottom line, NOT TO GIVE UP but press, fight, you have the word and every promise in there is your’s..

  • Chris Chris says:

    kiwi…also too remember, many people dont plan on killing themselves. its a moments desperate action that they may well have never thought of coming to. so we cant always say that it was done with specific intent. at any rate, the bible makes no such disinction nor does it even teach on suicide. that is why i pray you wouldnt either.

  • kiwi says:

    Chris you sound really angry. I think this article sums it up nicely. To the point: The suicide of a believer is evidence that anyone can struggle with despair and that our enemy, Satan, is “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). Suicide is still a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. Christians are called to live their lives for God, and the decision of when to die is God’s and God’s alone.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-suicide-saved.html#ixzz3Di9NV5W2

  • Chris Chris says:

    kiwi…murder is a sin, lying is a sin, letting the sun go down on ones anger is a sin, disobeying jesus is a sin. many things are sin and many christians arent even aware at times they are sinning because of their lukewarm spiritual condition. if a Christian gets angry at his wife and says something wrong to her and dies of a heart attack in that instant, are you saying that that person goes to hell because he didnt have time to confess his sin to christ?

  • Chris Chris says:

    agnes…i am sorry to hear of your loss. losing a loved one to death is probably the most difficult challenge any of us will face in this life but in christ we know that death is just the doorway to our eternal life with christ. yet, no matter how much we miss our loved ones, we should never take our own lives to be with them as that would displease the lord. he has so much for us to do on earth in sharing his love with those who do not know him. we dont have time to waste. plus, those who are in heaven are certainly cheering us on to complete our mission here on earth too. how many tears have been shed in heaven over those who have gotten there too early or with their hands empty without harvest? its great that our names are written there but we should want to arrive with heaven cheering us in, not lamenting we have arrived too early and those Works jesus had for us to do, left behind. you can log on at griefshare.org for help in your grieving process. its real and genuine and not wrong in itself but we never want to let our sadness overwhelm us to the extent we would think of taking our lives. father help agnes now to overcome this sadness through the healing virtue of your presence and the knowledge that she will see her loved one again in glory with you in jesus name amen!

  • kiwi says:

    Thank you JJ, and yes that’s my prayer IF anyone does that, and they don’t die immediately they are able to ask for forgiveness. I’m going to stay in his presence as he strengthens me, so I can press on. Thanks again and bless you And bless Barbara and Agnes, Barbara was right on in her post as well. That other article was really good and eye opening.

  • jj says:

    Kiwi you are correct yes it is a sin what people are trying to convey to you is unfortunately a lot of people do commit suicide in a lot of them have been children ,and all I was trying to say was maybe who knows at the last moment of their lives if they beg God for forgiveness while they were still breathing and have not yet crossed over …I don’t think anyone on here is saying that it’s okay because it’s definitely not OK .I am glad to hear of your closeness with the Lord and will be praying that you can continue that God bless you in the name of our Lord .

  • kiwi says:

    Don’t do it, it’s a lie of the devil that you will still be accepted into the Kingdom of God. I have been going thru somethings myself. And today it hit me hard, I thought about it myself all day today. That’s how I found this article, still feeling low but I have the Holy Spirit I’ve been walking with the Lord closely for over a year. I cut off the world, TV and just been with the Lord for over a year everyday, seeking him to deliver me. Believing for a breakthrough, I thought I would have received by now, I felt like giving up. I’ve Been saved all my life, a Pastor’s daughter, but decided I needed and wanted to do something and I knew the Lord was my only hope. He’s been leading me and guiding me, but I got in the flesh and felt so terrible. I asked him can I do this and still be accepted into the Kingdom, he told me no. Even though my flesh wasn’t willing to continue, he make it clear to me, you have to go forward. I don’t know if anyone has that type of close relationship that the Lord speaks to you, well I do. Even though I felt despair I know I can’t do that, even though I don’t like my life right now, its not an option. Because he expects us to have faith in him, no matter what we see, hear or nor does he want us to live by our experiences, we are to trust him to pull us through. We are to live by the word of God, Knowing he is there, and trust him without knowing the outcome, without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Please this type of information is giving people the false idea that it would be okay and still make it into the Kingdom NO you won’t. Ask the Holy Spirit for yourself like I did. Don’t lean on man’s wisdom, lean on the Lord and talk to him about it, he will tell you himself. Be strong and of good courage, even when it looks like there is no hope, there is always hope in Jesus. I’m writing this as much for others, as I am myself. 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith ([a]your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    The comments and discussions taking place here lately have really struck a core within me. In two weeks I’ll be speaking at a “Walk for Life” Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention event taking place in our community. Today I met up with the organization and we are praying, hoping and believing that by brining awareness to this topic many lives will reach out for the help that they need. I’ll be ending my speech with a “Hope” acronym God placed on my hear to prepare and present to the people that will be in attendance. Below you will find a copy of it. I pray that it will be of help to those that are struggling with such thoughts of ending their lives.


    H = Healing (seek it)
    No matter what you are going through healing is at hand so long as you do not quit!

    O = Open up and allow others to help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

    P = Pain Ask God to take your pain and turn it into passion and purpose for living.

    E = Every storm of life can have a bright ending! Once healed you can be an encourager to others going through a similar situation.

    May today be a turning point toward hope, healing, and victory over any circumstance you or a loved one might be facing.

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 15:13)

    To Agnes, I understand your feelings and thoughts…I’ve been through a similar situation. I pray that you will reach out for help. Perhaps you would greatly benefit by connecting with griefshare. Here is a link to their site: http://www.griefshare.org/

    At this time I would like to pray for you.

    Father God I pray on behalf of Agnes. I ask that Your Holy Spirit would comfort her through her loss. I pray that You would bring right people into her life to help her go through the stages of loosing a loved one. I pray that You would put a hedge of protection around Agnes so no self harm can rob her of the life You have for her while here on earth. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

  • agnes says:

    when you lose your spouse and keep thinking about joining them and to do so you want to commit suicide, will you be forgiven nd still go to heven?

  • kiwi says:

    YES believers are told in 1 John 1:9 to confess their sins to God. God is faithful and just to forgive our sins as we confess them to Him. How can you confess if you’re dead?

    1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    James 5:16 – Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

    Proverbs 28:13 – He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.Acts 17:30 – And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    James 4:17 – Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

    Acts 19:18 – And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

    Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

  • kiwi says:

    Murder is a sin.

  • Chris Chris says:

    kiwi…so what you are saying is, that any Christian with unconfessed sin is going to hell. otherwise you are going to have to get into venial, cardinal and mortal sins which the bible nowhere teaches.

  • halbcust says:

    I think that this answer from this site is accurate.

  • jj says:

    a lying spirit is obvious I, understand that ,but you don’t understand what I am saying you are physically not there in their mind when they are possibly begging to the Lord to forgive them because now there is no escape because they are literally dying and they can’t save themselves from the belt or rope they hung themselves from do you understand now ,it’s hard to communicate when people are just writing and I actually speaking .but all in all that’s all I have to say about it I don’t dispute the word of God and I definitely never ever want to be an argument to put on because that’s not how God wants us to communicate that in itself is wrong ,…may God bless all of you on our journey through the wilderness and help us to take away the blinders off your eyes and let us see truly the matter of the heart ,I think the Lord that He is God ,everything he chooses to do is righteous once again he will have mercy on whom he will have mercy and grace and who he will have grace

  • kiwi says:

    I know what’s in their heart b/c I do mental health commitments that’s my job. Everyday I do these hearings I work in a court of law. I understand all that, its a lying spirit that’s what it is. I’m not buying your interpretation. The Just SHALL Live by Faith, you have to know the enemy’s devices being not ignorant of them. Study to show yourself approved. The Lord has never wanted us to rely on our flesh, the flesh profits nothing. We can’t be of this world, we are in it but not of it. We are to walk in the spirit and designed to rise upon the circumstances of this world by FAITH

  • jj says:

    Kiwi, I unferstand where u r comeing from, but you have to look at all the information, God will have mercy on whom he has mercy, and grace on who he has grace….I hope u never go through knowing someone he is on meds,or is battling major depression, and makes that mistake……I know of a young man 18 yrs. Old he just Hung himself with a belt….It can take up too 3 minutes to die…even a min. Can feel like an eternity when someone is in that postion, I would imagine that some do regret it and ask the lord for forgivness…….I am not their at the last moments of their lifes…I don’t know what’s in their heart…do you?….may the Lord use us to spread the true word of the cross and the ressurection, and come together and pray for others going through this….child suicide is an epidemic these days, let’s do something to share the truth and give love , we are the generation I think that will see the return of our king.

  • kiwi says:

    Murder it with specific INTENT, you can’t ask forgiveness either after your dead for your sin. So this is not going to fly.

  • kiwi says:

    Author: Chris
    kiwi…we must be very careful about making biblical innuendos. you say that we are bought with a Price which is true but then come to the conclusión that suicide means you go to hell when the bible doesnt say that. prov 30.6 is very clear that God does not take lightly someone who adds to his words or says something that he hasnt said. that is clear in Gods rebuke of Jobs friends in the book of job as well. we dont want to become a type of Jobs friend and speak things that God doesnt approve of where the lord said in job 38.2…who is this who darkens counsel through words without knowledge? did not jesus say that all sin was forgiveable in Matthew 12.31 except blaspheming the holy spirit and suicide certainly is not blaspheming the holy spirit is it? was not our lord even to the point of death through the sorrow of his soul as stated in Matthew 26.38? therefore as Matthew 12.7 says…if you would have known what this means that God desires mercy and not sacrifice, you would not ha
    ve condemned the innocent.

    You are making assumptions that God is okay with Murder that’s not true. You can’t go to those scriptures and make that statement because he’s not referring nor is he speaking as to taking your own life which is murder, because you couldn’t believe his word in the first place that you CAN OVERCOME this world by faith. You would have to totally throw out the whole reasoning of the JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. Which is what we’re suppose to do. NOT by Sight. Suicide is not excused or allowed by the Lord. Because it means you didn’t believe his word

  • Chris Chris says:

    kiwi…we must be very careful about making biblical innuendos. you say that we are bought with a Price which is true but then come to the conclusión that suicide means you go to hell when the bible doesnt say that. prov 30.6 is very clear that God does not take lightly someone who adds to his words or says something that he hasnt said. that is clear in Gods rebuke of Jobs friends in the book of job as well. we dont want to become a type of Jobs friend and speak things that God doesnt approve of where the lord said in job 38.2…who is this who darkens counsel through words without knowledge? did not jesus say that all sin was forgiveable in Matthew 12.31 except blaspheming the holy spirit and suicide certainly is not blaspheming the holy spirit is it? was not our lord even to the point of death through the sorrow of his soul as stated in Matthew 26.38? therefore as Matthew 12.7 says…if you would have known what this means that God desires mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.

  • kiwi says:

    Whoever wrote this article is not truthful. You were brought with a price you’re not your own anymore YOU CAN’T then decide to kill yourself and be saved. Ask the holy spirit if you have him HE’LL TELL YOU NO!

  • Chris Chris says:

    charlene…the fact that suicide is a sin is simply understood by the fact that God had included in the 10 commandments, thou shalt not kill. our lives are not our own 1 cor 6 says. we have no right to them, nor any right to take them. that is not to say suicide is unforgiveable, no, but the fact we shouldnt do it is clear in scripture.

  • Charlene says:

    Maybe I am missing something here but where does it say that suicide is a sin? I believe that if you are faithful to God and have Jesus in your heart but just live a life of struggle and constant pain and hard times suicide should not be considered a sin. If your intentions are good and you just decide to end your life because you do not know how to make things better for yourself anymore… who am I to tell you that you are commiting a sin or that you are wrong? Should a person in these circumstances just continue suffering? Curious if there is anyone out there that agrees with me?

  • jenn says:

    the Church of God is judged first ,that is scriptural .it’s in the New Testament ,I think it is also relevant when it talks about cleaning up the Church of God .what happens to the soul after suicide ,God knows each individual ,it is a sin ,with that being said I don’t know everyone’s heart right before they die,God will have mercy on whom he has mercy and grace on whom he has grace upon ,that is also scriptural .so long story short God knows . a friend of mine who is a pastor ,found his brother in his room he had hung himself ,my friend was so hurt because he was so close to his brother ,yet he was very depressed and was on antidepressants ,of course I found out later that one of the reactions to the pills where” thoughts of suicide ,” of course I’m sure the thoughts were already there but the pills intensified it…this is a very difficult subject to talk about on because none of us really knows what happened to each individual .I can honestly say that I don’t know yes I do think it is a sin but with that being said just like I stated above God knows every heart ,and if at the last moment if they had any thought it all and they thought of what a bad idea this might be and it’s over well I don’t know ,I would hope so but I’m not God .whatever God chooses to do is righteous whether we understand it or not ,all that we can say for sure is that his word is true and anything God does is righteous .

  • Chris Chris says:

    james…there are normally more than one sin a Christian is not even aware he is committing in his life as ps 19.12 indicates. the theory that one would have to confess all of his sins before dying in order to be saved, doesnt hold scriptural ground. John 5.23 to 24 is clear, that once we believe on christ, we are no longer subject to judgment. blessings!

  • james says:

    But how can u say that..If u take ur own life then how can u ask for forgiveness ..pray before you off urself .makes no sense onece saved allways saved then what do you call back sliding …having ur salvation put on hold!

  • Rashid says:

    Trish Hicks
    I think life is beautiful even if I live in the eyes of the world on dose way but but life is reward to enjoy it with husband or wife and children. If some one don’t think they are not living happily then I think there is problem because it is not what God is doing to them it is the situation they have created to attract all the bad things. We all have God given intelligence, beauty to enjoy but we don’t put effort forward to attract the beauty of life. It like getting good job it is not we just sit and font do nothing and expect to get best job. We have to prepare our self. If I am not finding a wife it not I should blame God for it it is all up to me how I have to present to other. Every moment of life is very special. Life is more worth than just wasting it

  • Trish Hicks Trish Hicks says:

    In the truth I can’t really say what happens to the soul after suicide.I know it is a sin to take your own life but Jesus did die for all sin.So if a person is saved already I would believe it would be heaven. I used to think they would go straight to hell.I always used to think that that was playing God.But through out my years…..of growing in the Lord I have come to the realization that saved people can lead really hard lives and just choose to end it.That is why God has given us free will to choose.God will not force himself on us with any decision we make. Or should I say maybe force us to change our decision unless we ask him.Like if a person felt suicidal and went to God for help that is when he would step in. But as far as where the soul goes,of course this is mankinds view I would have to guess that if one is saved before hand I would say heaven.Because too I am sure there lots of suicides going on with our poor sisters and brothers in Christ over in the middle east.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    vava….since the bible doesnt teach on suicide we should be careful not to either. jesus did say all sin was forgiveable so we wouldnt assume that suicide alone would condemn the person, however rejecting christ as savior and lord has no remedy. John 3.16. blessings!

  • Vava says:

    The soul goes somewhere like a hospital, on the other side, to allow aspects of it to reintegrate.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    Tyler…we understand that counsels are made up of men but the Word of God is divinely inspired. both the Trinity and jesus divinity can be found in any number of old and new testament passages including isa 7.14 with 9.6 where the messiah is describes as being God with us and the father of eternity. micah 5.2 confirms that also. call his name jesus, for he will save his people from their sins, Matthew 1.21 to 23. only the divine Emmanuel can be trusted for the salvation of our souls. blessings!

  • halbcust says:

    To Tyler,

    In Ephesians chapter 3 (and other places) it says that it is a mystery. We are supposed to figure it out from what he thought, said and did. Now if a mystery says that there is a bird, it has webbed feet, it quacks, is colorful, swims allot and waddles when it walks. Does one have to be told that it’s a duck?

  • Rashid says:

    Through my little knowledge I can say Jesus is Holy spirit I don’t have courage to say He is God or not but He is part of love of God dream I am happy I know in my heart that life he has it is example for us. I hope I learn more and show him my love. One day my dream going to be full filled in Jesus name Amen

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    You are right Tyler that we do not have recorded Jesus saying the words, “I am God”, but the things He did say certainly let us know that is exactly what He was saying. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Those who heard Him knew what He was saying, “you, being a man, make yourself God.” (John 10:33) Another similar situation was when Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Again the people who heard Him knew that He was referring to Himself as the One in Exodus 3:14 who said “I am who I am” which became the Name that God used for Himself “I am” or in Hebrew “YHWH”. Jesus claims the authority to forgive sins which only God can do (Mark 2:5-12) He tells His followers that to see Him is to see God the Father (John 14:9)

    First Century Christians also recognized Jesus as divine. Peter wrote, “by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:1). Paul used a similar title in his letter to Titus (2:3) as did Jude in his letter (1:4). Luke recorded Paul’s statement to the leaders in the Ephesian church “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

    If Jesus was not God then His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sin of the whole world. Humanity’s rebellion against God brought on us infinite guilt, because our sin is against Him who is of infinite value. Because Jesus is God, His death has infinite effectiveness to cover all of our sin. Anyone who accepts His sacrifice on our behalf receives new life in Jesus.

    So do you have evidence that Jesus was not God? How do you interpret these passages that talk about Jesus as God?

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord if lift up my friends to you at this time in there lives, that You will bless them beyond measure and under Your leadership and love to them in Jesus name Amen

  • Rashid says:

    Tyler It is seems you are well read which is very good I hope I was. I believe Jesus is Holy spirit.if you read the story of entire His family and His that alone make me believe on Him.He was just Born and people talk about His mother He spoke that His mother is pure.so that show He is not like us. Thank you please pray for me God bless me He knows what I want Amen

  • Tyler says:

    “Jesus claimed to be God..” he certainly DID NOT ! The trinity resulted from the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. First century Christians were Jews who believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The concept of the trinity, Sunday worship and bunnies with eggs at Easter soiled Christian beliefs that were introduced by emperor Constantine and his blasphemous clergy. There is no Christological evidence to support your statement that Jesus claimed to be God.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    rashid…i pray jesus leads you in your spiritual journey as he guides and directs you with his lordship and sovereignty, you cant lose. amen. blessings!

  • Rashid says:

    First of all is important to pray every not for God guidence. I believe you are very good heart person and you earn good living thanks to Mighty God. Most important thing is your child I know I have children how important is your support in every level his life.that will be only accomplish if you keep earning money for him until he go to start making good money that feeling alone will give you happiness.please love only work from two side one side love is not love that what I believe I went through similer situation about wife but now I teach my self I cannot control other to love the way I want but I can control my heart.pl. if wife don’t love you then let it go and you are good man you need person who equally love you there is plenty women out there will love you and make your life God way Pl start loving yourself and your child child love is unconditional no mater what your child pray to God every night and start looking your love from God

  • Balaji says:

    Im 33yrs old and earning good salary in india. But my prsonal life is full of confusion. I hav 3 yrs kid. But my wife wont love me and she lives alone. I cant forget her and my kid. Some times I plan to commit sucide.Pls help

  • Rashid says:

    Truth is marriage should be a happiness between two God loving people it should not be pain.like I went through pain I will not wish to no one. Doris if that was in my control I will never let it happen. And sad thing is children are the one hurts most that is even more pain full to think God pray to holy God to help me heel my pain.after three I am ready to find love with God permission.i pray God will bring pure love to all the good women and men thank you for your time to write me. God make me go on to the right path to meet all the good people

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    You are so right…just being married doesn’t make a person happy! And just because a couple looks happy on the outside doesn’t mean that they are happy on the inside. Good marriages take work, and every marriage goes through difficult times when we need to be reminded of the covenant that we have made with each other before God. As we work through those difficult times, we grow stronger.

  • Elder Trent Rogan says:

    I take that back because Jesus has the key and they may had a chance to repent.I hope and pray they did.

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