Ask Anything: Suicide and God’s Power

Today’s guest post is from Keith Johnson.  Keith has served on Discovery’s Leadership Team and his family have been active at Discovery for almost a decade.  On a personal level, I’ll add that Keith is a gifted business man and a sharp thinker who takes the challenge of the gospel seriously.  Keith covered 3 questions for us, the post is the 1st of 3.   
Q: Why doesn’t God stop someone from committing suicide?  He has the power to have someone walk in and stop them.  
A:  The bible records multiple examples of someone committing suicide, the most famous of which is Judas Iscariot as referenced in Matthew 27:5.  Thus it is apparent that while God is all powerful, and has the ability to stop someone from committing suicide, that He doesn’t always do so.  To understand more about why, we first must realize that suicide is murder, murder is a sin, and sin lives within us.  Reference Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  Thus some people will take on Suicide as a form of sin.  To answer the question of why God allows a specific sinful event to occur, and thereby chooses not to intervene, we can find some solace from passages like First Corinthians 13:12 which says “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

 

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