“Six Suicides and Samson” (Under the Juniper Tree S1E18)

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Season 1, Episode 18
For Thursday, June 18, 2015
“Six Suicides and Samson”

HOST: Andrew Crowe

 

 

 

Show Notes:

  • On this episode, Andrew continues a discussion about suicide by looking at Biblical examples of the topic.

Outline of this episode:

  •   Does the Bible speak of suicide? There are six examples found.

  •  Some count Samson but it may be that he was a casualty of war than suicide.

    o   He said, “Let me die with all the Philistines…” (Judges 16:30).

    o   He did this in order to win his war with the Philistines and not to commit suicide.

  •   Here are the ones who DID commit the act.

    o   Abimelech (Judges 9:50-54) was a would be conqueror until he took a millstone to the head.

    o   Saul and his armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4-6) fell upon their own swords.

    o   Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23) hung himself after his advice was spurned.

    o   Zimri (1 Kings 16:18) was king for seven days before he set his home on fire.

    o   Judas (Matt. 27:6, Acts 1:25) is the most well known suicide for obvious reasons.

  • Are these deaths proof that all who commit suicide go to Hell? Here are questions to ask:

    o   Were these men wicked before or after the suicide?

    o   No one would argue that these men were saints before committing the act.

    o   Their wickedness actually led to their suicide.

    o   For this reason, it is hard to really argue the case that these examples prove without a shadow of a doubt that all are lost.

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