In Hindu scriptures, suicide is referred to as, atmahatya, or "murder of the self". The Sanskrit translation is svadehaghata, "murdering one's body," and atmaghata, "self-murder." Suicide is considered a deplorable act in Eastern religions, and an hindrance to spiritual growth and salvation, pushing a soul behind on the evolutionary scale. Human life is said to be attained many rebirths in different life forms, and is the only chance for a soul to escape from the cycle of birth and death. It is believed when a person who commits suicide, he wanders the earth as a ghost, as a consciousness without body, until he completes his allotted lifespan. Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya has a chapter on svadehaghata.
Judaism and the Catholic Church consider death by suicide is considered a grave or serious sin. The chief argument is that one's life is the property of God, and to destroy that life is to wrongly assert dominion over God’s gift to the world.
A verse in the fourth chapter of the Holy Quran instructs; "And do not kill yourselves, surely God is most Merciful to you." It is interesting to note that Buddhism does not condemn suicide, but states the reasons for it. Marilyn J. Harran wrote: "Buddhism in its various forms affirms that, while suicide as self-sacrifice may be appropriate for the person who is an arhat, one who has attained enlightenment, it is still very much the exception to the rule."