December 16, 2017 by Tammy Roesch Suicide concept word cloud background Suicide used to be a rare thing, but today it is very common. Why? One main reason I think, is because the preachers are not teaching the TRUTH when it comes to the subject of dying. Most of them teach that “when you die you go right to Heaven” and that tends to encourage people, when they are depressed and feeling hopeless, to take their own life, to commit suicide, thereby speeding up the process of getting to Heaven. It is a terrible doctrine, invented by the Devil himself. Suicide is murder of oneself, and the Bible is clear that no murderers will be in Heaven. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8. There will be those in Heaven who have murdered other people, but who afterward sincerely repented. But if you murder yourself, you have no opportunity to ever repent. If the TRUTH were taught regarding what happens at death, and the condition a person must be in, in order to go to Heaven, there would be many less suicides today. If you know someone who is contemplating suicide, do your best to make sure they understand that it is not the fast track to Heaven, and in fact, the suicide path will never take one to Heaven. Try to encourage them, that as long as they are alive, there is always HOPE that their life can improve, but once they take their life, it is final, and nothing will ever change. As the world turns more and more away from God, away from the Bible, away from TRUTH….suicides will increase, proportionately. They will become almost as common as the common cold, because that is what people with no hope do when things get desperate. I am a firm believer that discouragement comes to all of us at times, and on our own, we are incapable of winning the mental and spiritual battles…but with God’s help, every one of us, no matter how weak we are, no matter how depressed we are, we can gain the victory and the life that looks so dark today could be amazingly bright tomorrow. Knowing Jesus is the ANSWER.