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.
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.
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.
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.