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Church Attendance Is Good For Your Health

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 10, 2017

The latest in a long line of studies, now numbering in the hundreds if not thousands, has found that church attendance is good for your health.

Published by researchers from Vanderbilt University, the study found that middle-aged adults who attended religious services at least once in the past year were half as likely to die prematurely as those who didn’t.

Using data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the study’s researchers examined 10 biological stress markers among 5,449 men and women aged 46 to 65. Then they compared those markers with respondents’ self-reported religious-service attendance — and found a correlation between religious-service attendance, lower stress, and longevity.

The study, released in May, is one more piece of mounting scientific evidence on the subject. A far larger study published last year, of 74,534 women, found that attending a religious service more than once a week was associated with 33 percent lower mortality compared to never attending religious services.

A documentary probing findings similar to these — released just recently — is airing on many PBS stations this weekend. But even as the studies pile up and the literature appears close to conclusive, many questions about the association between religious-service attendance and health remain unanswered.

For one, people attend religious services for all kinds of reasons. So what is it about faith-focused services that might impart better health? The prayers? The social connections? The coffee and cookies afterward?

If, as so much evidence suggests, religious attendance is correlated with positive health outcomes, does that mean doctors should prescribe a weekly service to their patients?

“Religion is incredibly complex,” said Neal Krause, a retired professor of public health at the University of Michigan who is the lead investigator in a landmark spirituality and health survey. “To say, ‘Church attendance is good for your health’ does everything and nothing at the same time. The question is, ‘What exactly is going on here?'”

But some studies at the intersection of religion and health might help clinicians do a better job of caring for patients.

For example, studies have shown that chaplain visits in hospital settings are associated with better health outcomes. This stands to reason, say researchers; when patients’ spiritual needs are met, they are more satisfied with their overall care. Another study suggested patients that take advantage of chaplain visits are more peaceful and feel more in control of their health.



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Spiritual Reflection

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 4, 2008

From The Epistle of Barnabas

The way of light, then, is as follows. If any one desires to travel to the appointed place, he must be zealous in his works. The knowledge, therefore, which is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way, is the following:

  • Thou shalt love Him that created thee: thou shalt glorify Him that redeemed thee from death.
  • Thou shalt be simple in heart, and rich in spirit.
  • Thou shalt not join thyself to those who walk in the way of death.
  • Thou shalt hate doing what is unpleasing to God: thou shalt hate all hypocrisy.
  • Thou shalt not forsake the commandments of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt not exalt thyself, but shalt be of a lowly mind.
  • Thou shalt not take glory to thyself.
  • Thou shalt not take evil counsel against thy neighbor.
  • Thou shalt not allow over-boldness to enter into thy soul.
  • Thou shalt not commit fornication: thou shalt not commit adultery: thou shalt not be a corrupter of youth.
  • Thou shalt not let the word of God issue from thy lips with any kind of impurity.
  • Thou shalt not accept persons when thou reprovest any one for transgression.
  • Thou shalt be meek: thou shalt be peaceable.
  • Thou shalt tremble at the words which thou hearest.
  • Thou shalt not be mindful of evil against thy brother.
  • Thou shalt not be of doubtful mind as to whether a thing shall be or not.
  • Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  • Thou shalt love thy neighbor more than thine own soul.
  • Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born. Thou shalt not withdraw thy hand from thy son, or from thy daughter, but from their infancy thou shalt teach them the fear of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt not covet what is thy neighbor’s, nor shalt thou be avaricious.Thou shalt not be joined in soul with the haughty, but thou shalt be reckoned with the righteous and lowly.
  • Receive thou as good things the trials which come upon thee.
  • Thou shalt not be of double mind or of double tongue, for a double tongue is a snare of death.
  • Thou shalt be subject to the Lord, and to [other] masters as the image of God, with modesty and fear. Thou shalt not issue orders with bitterness to thy maidservant or thy man-servant, who trust in the same [God], lest thou shouldst not reverence that God who is above both; for He came to call men not according to their outward appearance, but according as the Spirit had prepared them.
  • Thou shalt communicate in all things with thy neighbor; thou shalt not call things thine own; for if ye are partakers in common of things which are incorruptible, how much more [should you be] of those things which are corruptible!
  • Thou shalt not be hasty with thy tongue, for the mouth is a snare of death.
  • As far as possible, thou shalt be pure in thy soul. Do not be ready to stretch forth thy hands to take, whilst thou contractest them to give.
  • Thou shalt love, as the apple of thine eye, every one that speaketh to thee the word of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt remember the day of judgment, night and day.
  • Thou shalt seek out every day the faces of the saints, either by word examining them, and going to exhort them, and meditating how to save a soul by the word, or by thy hands thou shalt labor for the redemption of thy sins.
  • Thou shalt not hesitate to give, nor murmur when thou givest. ‘Give to every one that asketh thee’, and thou shalt know who is the good Recompenser of the reward.
  • Thou shalt preserve what thou hast received, neither adding to it nor taking from it.
  • To the last thou shalt hate the wicked [one].
  • Thou shalt judge righteously.
  • Thou shalt not make a schism, but thou shalt pacify those that contend by bringing them together.
  • Thou shalt confess thy sins.
  • Thou shalt not go to prayer with an evil conscience.

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