Of Suicide and Proper Biblical Context

Always be mindful of reading the Bible in its proper context.

There is an old joke I heard years ago about a person who desperately wanted to know the will of God for his life. He closed his eyes, opened his Bible at random and pointed his finger on the page. He believed that he will know God’s will from the three verses that he will read at random.

The verses he picked were Luke 22: 4, Acts 1: 18 and the other half of Luke 10: 37. Taken together, this is what he got:

“And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.”

“With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.”

“Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””