Q. I was raised in the Catholic church and never understood the concept of purgatory and the belief that if you committed suicide you would go there. After the Judgment of the Bema seat took place, then you would be sent to hell because you took your own life. now I attend Bible believing churches and have learned that a believer does not go to hell because they committed suicide. Once saved always saved. Please help me to understand this.
A. The Lord knew every sin of our lives and took them all to the cross where He forgave them by dying in our place. When you became a believer, God applied His blood to your sins and they were all washed away, all of them (Colossians 2:13-14). Since then you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) perfect in His sight (Hebr. 10:12-14) with a righteous from Him imputed to us by faith (Romans 3:21-24). Your inheritance was guaranteed from the time you believed (Ephes. 1:13-14). Suicide is a sin, but like all the other sins of our life it was forgiven at the cross. Therefore, no believer goes to Hell for committing suicide.