Season 1, Episode 18
For Thursday, June 18, 2015
“Six Suicides and Samson”
HOST: Andrew Crowe
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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