Evolution encourages Teenage Suicide!
Teenage Suicide--DON"T DO IT! Life is going to be really interesting as America throws evolution into the trash can—Stick around and see what happens!--You might even help!
In my tract, Teenagers of America, I blame evolution as a major factor in teenage suicides, especially the tripling of the rate at which teenagers killed themselves as evolution became increasingly taught in public schools —while the suicide rate for the rest of the population did not change!
Please note: Tripling of the rate is not related to the increasing size of our teenage population.
The phrase tripling of the rate does tell us that—where one person in a group of young people killed him- or herself in the past (1950), there were three young people in the same-size group killing themselves in 1990.
Note—I have more-recent information later in this article.
Why is evolution a major cause of young people's suicides? First, let me set the foundation by showing that depression is nearly always linked to suicide. I will then explain why evolution is a strong contributor to depression—and the tripling of young people's suicide rate. (Note: All following bold emphases are mine unless otherwise noted.)
Spencer A. Rathus, psychologist, writes:
"About 13 people per 100,000 take their lives each year in the United State (To 1989). Why? Most suicides are linked to feelings of depression and hopelessness . . .(1)
James A. Johnson, Victor L. Dupuis, et al., college education-textbook authors, write:
The usual cause of adolescent suicide is extreme
depression. It usually appears during early
adolescence, when normal physical and social
development directs teenagers away from family
ties. During this period, teens begin to look beyond
the home for friendship and assistance in making
value decisions. (2)
Dennis Coon, psychologist, writes of suicide:
"A combination of factors . . .lead to severe depression and a preoccupation with death as the “answer” to the person’s suffering."
" . . . The decision to attempt suicide usually comes when a person is alone, depressed",(3)
Now, how did evolution triple the rate of suicide for young people?
Back in 1962, our Supreme Court banned school-initiated prayer (in public schools), and, to the further delight of humanists (atheists), in 1963 they added the ban of school-directed reading of the Bible—this while public schools continued to expand their teaching young people evolution's gloom and doom attitude towards living.
Evolution brings Gloom and Doom? What am I saying? Well, let me quote a well-known evolutionist— Dr. William B. Provine, Professor of Biological Sciences, Cornell University
Let me summarize my views on what modern
evolutionary biology tells us LOUD and CLEAR . . .
There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed
forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When
I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be
dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate
foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life,
and no free will for humans, either." (4) [bold capitals
WOW! What is a teenager to do? If he or she becomes depressed—feels friendless, worthless, or hopeless for any reason—and believes in evolution as the unfortunate Dr. Provine does, then that teenager certainly won't go to God because evolution has taught him or her there is no God! The depressed, evolution-believing teenager also has no basic reason to want to live because evolution says life has no purpose or meaning. Furthermore, teenagers will not wonder what kind of after-life they will have because evolution declares there is no after-life. Today's depressed teenager who believes in evolution has NO Hope! Evolution has tricked him or her into thinking like the misguided Dr. Provine.
No doubt Dr. Provine and his fellow evolutionists have no ill intentions towards their students, but their mistaken beliefs and teachings of evolution—and the removal of prayer—has made evolution and its doomsville attitude towards life the dominate belief system taught in public schools—teaching NO HOPE for the depressed!
The logic* of how Dr. Provine's evolution kills depressed evolution-believing teenagers looks like this:
— If I am depressed, have no one to talk to, and there is no God Who might help me, then there is no hope for me
—I am depressed, have no one to talk to, and evolution says there is no God to help me
—Therefore, there is no hope for me
Which means—by evolution claiming there is no God, it becomes a major factor in more teenagers killing themselves!
But evolution is WRONG—there is a God—and He helps teenagers reject suicide--and other depressing things like homosexuality!
My conclusion is also supported by Allan C. Ornstein and Daniel U. Levine, college education-textbook writers, who state:
"Reasons for this increase [suicide rate] appear to include a decline in religious values that inhibit suicide, . . ."(5)
Of course, and I repeat—Removal of prayer has made God-less, gloom and doom evolution public schools' featured belief system. Religious values do inhibit destructive thoughts and behavior—religious values do inhibit suicide. In my case, Jesus really pulled me out of a desperate, hopeless situation (Please see my article "About Herb Grossman"); also, there are many others who testify to that same effect.
Now—Further support of my claim that your fellow teenagers were committing suicide at three times the rate of 1950. Here are my sources and what they wrote:
First, Dennis Coon's older textbook on psychology (published in 1977) notes the sad trend in increasing teenage suicides—
"There has been a recent increase in suicide rates for adolescents and young adults. Part of this increase comes from the ranks of college students where suicide is the leading cause of death."(6)
The trend continued. James A. Johnson and his fellow education-textbook writers say:
Suicide rates among young people are on the rise.
In fact, the rate of teen suicide has tripled during
the past thirty years. By 1992, as reported by the
National Institute of Mental Health, the leading
cause of death for fifteen- to twenty-four- year olds
was suicide. At the same time, suicide rates for the
rest of the U.S. population have remained relatively
Johnson, et al. (and others) also wrote in 1996:
"teen suicide is growing at an alarming rate"(8)
Allan C. Ornstein and Daniel U. Levine, education writers, wrote:
Educators have become more concerned about
suicide among young people. The data indicate that
the suicide rate among children and youth more
than tripled between 1950 and 1990, and some
surveys suggest that as many as one in ten school-
age youth may attempt suicide.(9)
So, what has happened since the 1990s?
The drastic rise in teen suicide caused enough alarm in this nation such that serious attempts at suicide prevention were begun—and with some success. A report issued September 9, 2007 stated:
"The CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] report which is based on the latest numbers available, shows a complete turnaround as suicide rates have fallen by 28.5 percent since 1990 among young people."**
Unfortunately, the same report also said:
"It seems the suicide rate for children and young adults aged between 10 to 24 years rose 8 percent from 2003 to 2004, which is the largest annual increase in more than 15 years."**
Now, I commend our schools for trying to prevent teen suicide, and they have the right idea when they try to encourage a depressed teenager to talk about his or her problem—provided the teachers are able to identify a teenager that is in danger of committing suicide! I again quote James A. Johnson and his fellow textbook writers:
"The best aid that a teacher can give is to encourage the student [who has early signs of depression and needs professional help] to talk about the problem and to seek medical help."(10)
The problem is that the amount of concern and ability that teachers, counselors, and doctors have for you ranges from little to what some would call a lot. But while some depressed teenagers might get the needed help to avoid suicide, many will still go unnoticed or receive inadequate treatment—WHEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE TO GOD—THROUGH JESUS—IN THE FIRST PLACE—or at least as a last resort, if they had not been fooled by the hoax of evolution!
Also, a recent report at the following address speaks of the help that is available for youth with problems.
I present a small but significant part of the report:
Health Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers
By BENEDICT CAREY Published: January 8, 2013
Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide have
already received at least some mental health
treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness
of current approaches to helping troubled youths,
according to the largest in-depth analysis to date of
suicidal behaviors in American teenagers.
The study, in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that
55 percent of suicidal teenagers had received
some Therapy before they thought about suicide,
planned it or tried to kill themselves, contradicting
the widely held belief that suicide is due in part to a
lack of access to treatment. [bold emphasis mine]
So, Mr. or Miss Teenager of America, if you are depressed, I highly recommend that you go to God—Jesus. Only God knows all of the answers to your problems. Please find a Bible-believing, evolution-rejecting church and learn how to get to know God.
Because—with God, there is Hope! PLUS—you will realize that only someone with the intelligence and powers of God could have created this universe, world, and all the fantastic creatures in it.
He pulled me (and countless others) out of a pit of death. God loves you, too, and has a purpose for you, but to discover that purpose, you must first turn to Jesus.
Over a century ago, a teenager discovered he could talk to Jesus. Weather had forced him to go into a small church. While there he heard a layman (a person with no formal training) substitute for the pastor say:
"Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothing to do but to look and live."(11)
Charles H. Spurgeon took this to heart and started on a road to a fantastic, rewarding life.
Charles Spurgeon is in just about every encyclopedia.
You too can——Look, look to Jesus and LIVE!
If you truly seek Jesus, you will find Him--AND DISCOVER HOW TO REALLY LIVE!
-----------seek Jesus by talking to Him, getting and reading a Bible, believing in Him----------------.
And then you will
know that God—Jesus—loves you
know that God created you for a purpose
know you can talk to God about your problems
know that you can trust God
know that—because Jesus defeated death—you too can defeat death—and have eternal life with your Creator—God
begin to see God's power and love in action on earth
Jesus is knocking at your door! (You cannot see Him, but He is right beside you.)
Open the door by starting to talk to Jesus.
Admit that you have done wrong—sinned against God (We all have, and some sins seem terrible, but the blood of Jesus cleanses every sin you have done—or will do!)
Tell Jesus you want to change, sin no more
Believe that Jesus is God, Who died for your sins.
Believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
Thank Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart, take over your life, and make you His—God's—servant forever. (expect to start sensing a change and trust that God is now in you)
Then run to a Bible-believing, evolution-rejecting church and tell them what you have done—and start learning to know God—an awesome thrill!
Those of you who still have doubts: Do yourself a big favor and at least run to a Bible-believing, evolution-rejecting church and ask for more information about Jesus—and start learning about God—Whose power and love are real!
1. Spencer A. Rathus, Essentials of Psychology, 4th edition (Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1994) Pages 514, 515.
2. James A. Johnson, Victor L. Dupuis, et al., Introduction to the Foundations of American Education, tenth edition. (Boston Allyn and Bacon, 1996) p. 162.
3. Dennis Coon, Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application, (St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1977) page 505.
4. www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/tools! Quotes! provine. asp, as quoted in Evolution Exposed, by Roger Patterson (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2007) P. 83.
5. Allan C. Ornstein, Daniel U. Levine, Foundations of Education, fifth edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993) p. 355.
6. Dennis Coon, p. 504.
7. James A. Johnson, et al., 162.
8. James A. Johnson, et al., 162.
9. Allan C. Ornstein, 355, 356.
10. James A. Johnson, et al., 162.
11. Dr. Shelton Smith, Ed. "How the Teenage Spurgeon Came to Christ," Sword of the Lord (Murfreesboro, TN: Sept 5, A.D. 2008) p. 1. Also, this message refers to Isaiah 45:22 in the Bible.
* (This valid (good) logic (above, page 2) is explained at the beginning of my article on evolution and poor thinking.
**see the full report (above, page 3) at http://www.news-medical.net/?id=29571)