Study: Religious Childhood Linked to Healthier, Happier Adulthood
Practicing religious or spiritual traditions during childhood and adolescence may provide health benefits to children later in life.
According to a study published this week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, people who attended religious services on a weekly basis or prayed or meditated daily during their youth reported greater life satisfaction and positivity during early adulthood. They were also less likely to have symptoms of depression, smoke, use drugs or have sexually transmitted diseases than people who did not share their religious habits.
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examined data from mothers in the Nurses' Health Study II and their children in the Growing Up Today Study. The researchers followed 5,000 children from 8 to 14 years old and discovered that those who participated in religious services at least weekly were about 18 percent more...
Actually, consider the ramifications of honoring thy father and the mother - long life in the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee. It's the first commandment with promise!
My wife often looks at her parents and others who were long time parts of a very conservative church. Many of those people lived well into their 90s. She likes to contrast the lenghth of their lives with those idols of the pop culture who don't seem to often make it past their 60s.
It is interesting how the world is equating any religious activity as the same as any other religious activity. We, as Christians, know the premise is not true. Either one worships the One True God through faith in Christ given through grace, or one is worshipping something else.
As flawed as the study is, one easy take away is that morals do not flow from society but from something outside of people. At least that's something positive.
But returning to the flawed premise, if "any love is good love, so I took what I could get," and any religion is as good as another, there is the future probability that the principalities and powers will offer an exchange to us, give up Christ and take up this false religion for these benefits...or else. In some ways, we are already close to that when it comes to supporting LGBT lifestyles.