Can anyone name any recorded suicides in the bible?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

If Jesus was God and could have prevented his own execution (and we know that God can do anything he chooses) he can be considered a suicide Of course he didn't stay dead so maybe we need a new classificaiton.

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Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
"And generally speaking, you have never seriously studied (if at all) the qualities that we ascribe to God and how they actually limit our understanding of the reality which God is if we do not realize their limitations as predicates---which would include the perfection and impotence which think reference. "
If you mean I never studied under the direction of those sharing your need for conformation bias to the point of blind followers . . . I did once, then once you peer past the "No one knows the mind of God" . . OR . . . "God is a mystery far beyond the comprehension of mortal man" . . . it is easy to see this is the "Band-Aid" applied to poor Concepts put forth regarding the character of God . . . Whenever the contradictions are plainly observed some follower who desperately wants their belief to be real will always say something like " . . the qualities that we ascribe to God and how they actually limit our understanding of the reality which God is . . . ". Thus ends YOUR "Critical Thinking" skills . . .
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented

We must have been typing at the same time.

I said in "its the ancient Greek CONTEXT."

But if you prefer to think of it as as consequent ignorance as opposedd to the simple ignorance (rightly categorized of the typical atheist) and thus not rising to the the level of (ironic) respect I suggested, I will agree that I perhaps thought too highly of you and I do thank you for correcting me.

(But it is always so tiresome to try to explain reality you in simple terms and then still wind up having to break it down further.)
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Sigh, . . again finding yourself against a wall of logic, you fall back to merely throwing insults . . . it is very sad.
Just Ice Profile
Just Ice answered

Samson may be one of the first suicide killers and probably holds an unbeaten record for the number of people killed in a single suicide incident. Judges 16:25-30 tells us that “When they
stood him among the pillars, 26Samson said to the servant who held his hand,
“Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean
against them.” 27Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers
of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men
and women watching Samson perform. 28Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign
Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with
one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29Then Samson reached
toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself
against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,
30Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his
might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he
killed many more when he died than while he lived.“ Remember the roof alone had about three thousand men and women on it.

The guy is portrayed as a prolific killer during his lifetime as well. For example, on one occasion, according to Judges 15:15-16, Samson killed A THOUSAND with the jaw bone of a donkey. That too must be a record for Samson .....and for the jaw bone of a donkey, which must have put many a sword of steel to shame.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Well, Judas certainly comes to mind---Matthew 27:3-5

And I suppose that anyone who freely chose to "lay down His life for his friend" could be considered a suicide.

(Which might indicate why Christology and Theology are not the greatest subjects for self study.)

And just for those interested:

"We learn from the Epistle to the Hebrews that sacrifices had in themselves no value or efficacy. They were only the "shadow of good things to come," and pointed the worshippers forward to the coming of the great High Priest, who, in the fullness of the time, "was offered once for all to bear the sin of many."

Sacrifices belonged to a temporary economy, to a system of types and emblems which served their purposes and have now passed away. The "one sacrifice for sins" hath "perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

(I assume everybody knows how to find the location of a quote that I post.)

Eventually, everybody with an opinion will have been found to be either been mostly right or mostly wrong.

I've found that the longer I am in a relationship with God, my life just gets more interesting and more satisfying.

Like CS Lewis said, I believe in God in the same way I believe in the sun---by its light I see everything else.

The price of truth has been my security---but the ROI (return on investment) has been incredible.

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Audrey  Mack
Audrey Mack commented
Well said
Audrey  Mack
Audrey Mack commented
2 Tim 3:16,17
16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

When you believe one way and I believe another...the Bible will always set matters straight.
Audrey  Mack
Audrey Mack commented
But be careful you don't fall in this category
2 Corinthians 4:4
4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through
AnnNettie Paradise Profile

Judas apparently tied a rope to the branch of a tree, put a noose around his neck, and tried to hang himself by jumping off a cliff. It seems that either the rope or the tree limb broke so that he plunged downward and burst open on the rocks below.

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AnnNettie Paradise
The few suicides mentioned in the Bible are of those who were unfaithful to God and who failed to consider that their lives really belonged to him, such as Saul in 1 Sam. 31:4; A‧hith′o‧phel
in 2 Sam. 17:5-14, 23; and Zim′ri in 1 Kings 16:18.

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