Preventing Suicide: ‘You Really Can Make a Difference’

Dr. Matthew Sleeth saw thousands of suicide attempts during his many years overseeing emergency rooms and departments. Now as a Christian author and founder of Blessed Earth, he’s out to arm his brothers and sisters in Christ with the knowledge they need to fight a sudden surge in suicides.

With 1,500,000 Americans likely to try killing themselves this year, Sleeth believes many of them could be talked back from the brink.

Rate Would be Far Higher if We Were in the Medical World of the Great Depression

The suicide rate is now as bad as the other worst time in America for people killing themselves, the Great Depression. But Sleeth says it would be much higher than the present roughly 14 out of 100,000 people without the many modern medical advances thwarting so many of today’s suicide attempts.

Sleeth told CBN News, “Our suicide rate would be anywhere from 100 per 100,000 to 300 per 100,000. Meaning the highest it’s ever been anywhere in history, any country.”

Unmoored From the Anchor of God

In Hope Always: How You Can Be a Force For Life in a Culture of Suicide, Sleeth suggests so many people don’t want to live because we’re creating a world that’s unlivable. And he sees much hopelessness in an America leaving the spiritual behind.

“We’re seeing the effect of society having unmoored itself from the anchor of God,” the author said, pointing out that frays the things that held us together, like family and faith. But leaves room for the devil, who’s been encouraging suicide since Adam and Eve.

Sleeth said of those two, “They were told if they did this particular thing, they would die, they would surely die, and they did it. And someone was pushing them, and that was Satan.”

‘There’s a Trail of Dead Bodies’

He added, “Every time Satan shows up in Scripture, there’s a trail of dead bodies. Even when he meets Christ, he tries to tempt Him to jump off a tower.”

Some say the Bible actually condones suicide, citing Samson bringing the Pharisees’ temple down upon himself and his captors or King Saul falling on his sword or even Jesus Christ letting Himself be crucified.

“That is the most off-theology. It doesn’t match the Bible. It doesn’t match the Christian history or Jewish history,” Sleeth stated. “God is for life and Satan is for death.”

Faith got Job through Satan’s many efforts to get him to kill himself and Jesus countered the devil with Scripture.

Source: CBN