I don’t really understand where the supposedly “Christian” idea that all suicides go to Hell comes from. But it’s certainly not Biblical. The Bible lists at least seven people who committed suicide. Some were heroes – some where villains. But nowhere in the Bible does it tell where the final destination of any of those persons was. (Judges 9:54, Judges 16:29-31, 1 Samuel 31:3-6, 2 Samuel 17:23, 1 Kings 16:18, Matthew 27:5) I am not arguing that suicide is not a sin. But as with all sins, suicide is not unforgivable. Perpetuating such a ridiculous notion to the contrary is unnecessarily cruel to the survivors and is therefore decidedly *un*Christian. What say we drop this ignorant superstition for good?
Scattered across the Roman Empire, it was only natural for the gospel writers to distance themselves from the Jewish independence movement by erasing, as much as possible, any hint of radicalism or violence, revolution or zealotry, from the story of Jesus, and to adapt Jesus's words and actions to the new political situation in which they found themselves.