LIFE ISSUES: Suicide (Part 1)

Welcome to Apologetics with Carl Kerby!

Today, we’re talking about life issues, specifically suicide.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, over 1.3 million Americans commit suicide every year.

Think suicide is a result of poverty? Well, think again.

As economics professor, David Colander of Middlebury College, said, “Poor people in developing countries survive and often find pleasure in their hard lives. There are few suicides in the poorest countries.”

But if suicide doesn’t come from poverty, then what?

The answer may be a lack of faith.

A Gallup survey found that religious nations have lower suicide rates than non-religious ones.

William P. Wilson, psychiatry professor at Duke University, noted, “It has been my experience that the hope that is inherent in Christianity and the belief that suicide is sin are the factors that inhibit suicidal impulses in persons from this faith tradition.”

As Wilson implies, Christ gives hope, making life worth living. 

And what are other life issues? We’ll discuss them another time.

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Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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