Want Health and Happiness? Try Church

It is counter-intuitive that religious people would be healthier and live longer than atheists (and agnostics). After all, this life is the only life that atheists have. This is it. In their view there’s no afterlife. So you’d think that they’d work harder on exercising and eating right in order to extend their lifetimes to the fullest extent possible, since, in their view, there’s nothing beyond this life. You’d think that instead of going to church for an hour on Sunday morning, using that time instead to go jogging would be much more effective in extending their longevity. You’d think they’d also do everything in their power to achieve happiness – reaching heaven on earth, since they don’t think there’s anything beyond.

Conversely, you’d think that religious people wouldn’t be as concerned about diet and exercise or living longer, because the sooner one dies, the sooner one can go to heaven. And you’d think that they wouldn’t be as concerned about achieving happiness in this life because they believe that that’s what awaits them in the next.

But you’d be wrong in those assumptions. It’s just the opposite from that described above. Religious people, on average, are healthier, happier, and live longer than atheists or agnostics.

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Failure to Think Outside the Box

Sir Isaac Newton said, “I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

If Sir Isaac Newton had a few pebbles, Stephen Hawking might have a few boulders. But the great ocean of truth still lies undiscovered before him.

Hawking, the noted physicist – and now the noted atheist – thinks there’s no God or afterlife. That’s because he only bases his judgments on what’s scientifically measurable, observable, and/or explainable. But as indicated above, there’s a vast ocean of truth out there that Hawking has yet to discover.

A Creator would have left nothing to chance – He would have set up our world, or our universe, so that everything is scientifically explainable. Except perhaps gravity. Last I checked, no noted scientist had a good explanation for what causes gravity.

And there are other things that aren’t scientifically explainable. I recently read a fascinating book called “Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences”, where the author, a physician and scientist, lays out nine lines of evidence showing that there is a spiritual realm in addition to our worldly realm. As a natural-born skeptic myself, it’s compelling stuff.

And if one thinks outside the box, rather than be stuck in a straightjacket of only abiding by what’s scientifically measurable in our worldly realm, then one could accept that there is a spiritual realm in addition to our worldly realm.