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HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-8 2020

Famed Christian evangelist confronts pandemic of suicide

'Godless generation' needs 'a reason to exist and hold onto their precious lives'

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Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort, the founder of Living Waters ministry and the author of more than 90 books, is co-host of the award-winning television program "Way of the Master."

He produced the movie "180," which shows abortion supporters doing a "180" literally in minutes. He's debated, evangelized and made friends with atheists. His books include "How to Know God Exists," "The Evidence Bible," "Hitler, God and the Bible," "You Can Lead An Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think," "Nothing Created Everything" and "God Doesn't Believe in Atheists."

Comfort, who has written a book on the topic of suicides by celebrities, "The Final Curtain," told WND he's been "greatly concerned for years over the epidemic of suicides, not only in our nation, but around the world."

He noted the CDC reported in June 2020 that 25 million Americans were seriously considering committing suicide.

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"Suicide and depression were already at epidemic levels, and with the nationwide lockdowns, they’re only getting worse. And now domestic abuse, drug and alcohol problems, and anxiety (especially among children) are skyrocketing," he said.

"When a nation rejects God (or gives Him lip-service) or gives itself to atheism, it leaves itself with no hope in death," he said. "We have a generation who have been told that they are the product of a random explosion in space—that they are primates with no rhyme nor reason to exist."

He said that past generations "had a semblance of the fear of God, knew the Ten Commandments, and consequently had some sort of hope in their death."

"But this godless generation is utterly hopeless. They need what the Bible calls a 'living hope' that will give them a reason to exist and to want to hold onto their precious lives. That’s why they need the gospel. It will give them that," he said.

To that end, he had the idea of distributing books that offer hope in troubled times, launching what he calls the Combo Book Giveaway.

Calling it one of the "most exciting projects" his ministry ever launched, he said he will ship boxes of 100 books to applicants for free to hand out to their neighbors.

He was confronted with the problem of how to distribute them to people amid the lockdowns and social distancing. By putting them in plastic door-hanger bags and flinging them onto people's driveways, he found he could do it in a "non-confrontational way."

"Anyone can do this — in your car with your family, on a bike, pulling a cart, or simply while taking your dog for a walk," he explained.

He hopes the books will be ready by April 1

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