They claim they’re happy and doing great, but research proves the exact opposite. Are today’s youth in denial or have they been conditioned to believe lies about what makes them happy?
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 5-24 years in the United States. Around the globe, destructive thoughts are more common among young people who “don’t believe in anything spiritual, are uncertain about their beliefs” or don’t believe in Jesus.
Two more studies reveal today’s ‘post-truth’ generation are at a higher risk for increased suicidal thoughts and destructive behavior than ever before in history. Why?
One researcher suggests the primary cause of destructive behavior in today’s youth could be a lack of spiritual beliefs, uncertainty about God or faith, and nonstop sexual indoctrination and propaganda.
Dr. Arnie Cole, director of research at The Center for Bible Engagement said they’ve been concerned about children abandoning Christianity. The new research explores the impact of young people and increased social media use, increased mental health problems, and decreased engagement with faith.
This modern mental health crisis is a huge problem to which few seem to have solutions. Recent data for example, shows more than 50% of middle and high school girls report feeling hopeless and depressed. More than half! The world seems to be winning.
Dr. Cole said the shocking results of his research exposes ominous signs that parents and faith leaders must address. He states,
“The further away they get from Jesus, the more lost they are; “There’s no basis, then, for anything; nothing…really makes sense. They become much more confused.”
And that is part of the demonic plan, isn’t it. Let’s be clear about two things: God is not the author of confusion, and Satan is the father of lies.
Tell children there is no God, that their lives are just random accidents, the purpose of life is pleasure; teach them their country is evil, the world can make them happy, that they evolved from apes, that they might be born in the wrong body or they can be whatever sex they choose. What could go wrong?
The study involved 4,700 teens in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, the UK, and the United States.
According to a different “Youth Risk Behavior” study, LGBQ+ teenagers were three times more likely to consider suicide than their heterosexual peers, and more likely to make suicide plans and attempts. The CDC study also exposed the fact that nearly 6 in 10 students (58%) in 2021 who had same-sex partners considered suicide.
Moreover, youth identifying as LGBTQ+ who had same-sex partners were also more likely to make suicide plans and attempt to kill themselves.
In case you’re wondering about numbers for [straight] students who only had opposite-sex partners, 26 percent of them had suicidal thoughts – compared to nearly 60 percent of LGBTQ youth.
You may also be thinking that the isolation and depression that came during Covid lockdowns played a role in these results. Nope. The CDC numbers are from 2011 – 2021. A decade of data.
It makes sense then, cultures obsessed with sex, along with pride propaganda and programming seem to be glaring but ignored factors leading to depression, confusion, anger, and even suicide attempts. And please don’t allow the left to try blaming believers, conservatives, or the Christian worldview.
The Bible says God, our Creator and Designer loves us, gives us reasons for living, and offers hope in this life and beyond through faith in Jesus Christ. Satan on the other hand, comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and he hates human beings made in the image of God.
I shared an important message recently at a conference about the cultural attacks on the Bible and the image of God. Forces of darkness along with human counterparts are assaulting the truth of Scripture, reality, and are openly mocking God.
When different variables are combined in the research, it’s clear how strong the destructive behavior becomes and suicidal tendencies increase. Interestingly, the negative behaviors among teens were more common in the U.S. and U.K. which suggests the “transgender and sexual confusion” in the West may have something to do with the results, among other related factors.
Again, the possible tie between a lack of spiritual development and more destructive thoughts is a key point that should cause alarm since we all know culture is moving further and further from truth and God-centered living.
The fact is more and more young people today are experiencing what is said to be “suicidality.” That means they not only have destructive, suicidal thoughts but they make plans and carry out attempts as well. We’re talking about a 60% increase in the past decade.
Overall, 22 percent of high school students say they seriously considered suicide within the past year. Sadly, this includes three in 10 females (30%) who considered attempting suicide, and nearly a quarter (24%) of them made a suicide plan.
Think about the many godless influences in our entertainment-driven, high-tech society. Parents often come in last place as most teenagers report daily use of social media, Tik Tok, Snapchat, and Instagram for starters. Factor into the mix their peers, their teachers, woke corporations, government, and a secular-progressive culture, and here we are.
We better understand this important concept: hours of influence. It all may seem sudden, but didn’t happen overnight; it took a half century or more of gradual, steady programming. Finally, let’s not fail to address the likely causes and confront the evil pervading our culture.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends health providers screen kids 12 and under for suicide risk. They say it is the first step to prevent more deaths and address the crisis. Things like that could help treat symptoms. It seems, however, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only real solution beyond individual repentance from sin and a return to God by nations and the church.