Q: What causes a man to commit suicide?
To commit suicide is to come to a place — even if only for a brief moment — where you believe the lie that to kill yourself is better than living. The reason it is a sin is because it is to believe that life is not worth living.
Is life not worth living? The answer is NO.
Life is worth living.
How then does one escape this desire to want to kill himself? First, give thanks and praise God for everything that you see, including the sun, moon, and stars – and whatever. Learn to have a thankful heart.
You may be battling demons. You may feel like forces are against you and that you need to commit suicide. Demons do speak. And these are the types of thoughts that they can put in your mind. We are not alone. This world is not only physical, it is spiritual, as well. The thoughts that may be going through your mind at any point in time may be yours, God’s, or may in fact originate from an evil spirit. That is why Paul says to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Because we are living in a spiritual world.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Graham Powell, who was a believer in Christ at the time and even a minister of the gospel, suffered from repeated suicidal thoughts and great temptation. The Lord showed him that behind those suicidal thoughts were demons (evil spirits). The Lord graciously led him into completely victory, so that he gained his complete freedom from those demons. Today, he teaches people how to get free and has written an excellent book entitled, “Christian, set yourself free” which you can find online or at your Christian bookstore.