We are going to discuss a sensitive subject today. I think it is a topic that is not openly discussed, and is largely misunderstood – especially in the Christian world. I have had several people at the Bible Education Center ask me (in hushed, apologetic, and deeply shamed tones) if their loved ones who committed suicide are banished forever to a place of torment. My friends carried a heart-rending grief because religious authorities had told them this was the case. If you do not already know the answer to this question, perhaps you will find more peace as we discuss Ahithophel, Judas, and Bible thoughts on suicide.
I don’t know about where you live – but in my corner of the world, Halloween decorations, orange lights and grotesque lawn paraphernalia have become commonplace. When you drive through local towns you see faux cemeteries in front yards with scary fake body parts climbing out of graves, ghosts holding hands and dancing in the wind, or smashed witches on broomsticks crashed into trees. Are there really disembodied spirits floating around our lives – often with evil intent – as these things suggest? I think it is a good time of year to remind our selves (as avid God-seekers) of scriptural teaching on the state of the dead.