I recently was asked what the Bible teaches on suicide. This question is obviously not one to play with, or give glib answers to. I thought it may be helpful to unpack a few things in regards to how we ought to think Biblically about this issue.
First off, contrary to our “the Bible is all warm and fuzzy” brethren, the Bible does make allowance for lawfully taking a life. The Pentateuch makes it clear that if someone murders another, the entire nation of Israel must not pity the murderer, but has the civic and even religious duty to “not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee (Deu. 19:11-13).” Thus it is lawful to take a life, if that life is judged by God’s law to be deserving of death; “Thou shalt not murder” is not a command to be lightly passed over, and the New Testament doesn’t soften the edges of this command (see especially Rom. 13:4 & 1 Pt. 2:14).