Most Americans believe they are seeing an epidemic in the United States of people taking their own lives.
But most Americans don’t view suicide as a selfish choice, and they don’t believe it sends people to hell, LifeWay Research finds…
Fewer than a quarter of Americans (23 percent) say people who take their own lives go to hell. More than 6 in 10 Americans say suicide does not lead to hell, and 16 percent are not sure.
However, Christians (27 percent)—and particularly evangelicals (32 percent)—are more likely than others to believe suicide leads to damnation.
Catholics believe more firmly than Protestants that suicide does not send people to hell, with 63 percent of Catholics and 54 percent of Protestants taking that stance. Protestants (19 percent) are more likely to indicate they don’t know whether people who commit suicide go to hell compared to Catholics (12 percent)…
MHFM Comment: According to Catholic teaching, suicide is a mortal sin that sends people to Hell.