Saturday, June 21, 2008

Japan's suicide rate nears record high

Japan is still a spiritually poor country. Please remember our dear Japanese friends in your prayers.

It is interesting to note, where atheism reigns so does suicide and abortion.


Kyle said...

I wonder how Japan compares in terms of suicides to European countries? Unlike Europe, which is often outright hostile to Christianity, Japan seems merely indifferent. But it does seem like there's a lot of potential to witness to the people of Japan who are hurting and considering suicide that hasn't (as far as I know) been realized.

Mark and Maki said...

Lithuania seems to be the highest in the world. I was there on a short-term mission trip in 1998. They were not hostile to Christianity, although the vast majority were obviously atheists. At that time they seemed somewhat open, although hesitant to talk - probably in a carry-over fear of the KGB. It seems also that colder countries (physically darker countries), tend to have higher suicide rates. Japan is a clear exception to that rule!

Beelzebub said...

How about a "Chritian" country like America that has the most violence in the industrialized world?

Mark and Maki said...

Mr. B,

I'm glad you brought this up. America, as you know, is definitely not a "Christian" country. I notice a lot more brashness, disrespect and violence in America also. I wonder if it is because Americans have had to more violently reject God from their thoughts in order to get by. (There are a lot more Christians in America than in Japan.) What do you think?