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 â€œthe Bible is all warm and fuzzyâ€ 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 â€œnot 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).â€ Thus it is lawful to take a life, if that life is judged by Godâ€™s law to be deserving of death; â€œThou shalt not murderâ€ is not a command to be lightly passed over, and the New Testament doesnâ€™t soften the edges of this command (see especially Rom. 13:4 & 1 Pt. 2:14).