Q. There is a guy on another site that says those who kill themselves will go to the lake of fire. He uses 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. I don’t believe he is right. What do you think?
A. I’m with you. 1 Cor. 3:16-17 says, Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
The words translated “you yourselves” in the passage are plural but the word translated temple is singular. Therefore it doesn’t mean each believer is a Temple. It means that all believers make up the one Temple of God. The Holy Spirit lives in each of us but we don’t become the Temple of God until we come together as a church. The death of a single believer, no matter what the cause, cannot destroy the Temple of God.
When the Lord went to the cross, He took every sin of our lives with Him, nailed them to the cross, and forgave us (Col. 2:13-14). When we asked Him to save us, He knew every sin we ever had or ever would commit and forgave all of them. If the last sin of our life happens to be self-murder, He foresaw it, He paid for it, and He forgave it. Once we are saved there is nothing we or anyone else can do to change that (John 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39).
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor. 1:21-22).