What About God? Part 2

What about God? Part 2 

Bottom Line: I’ll walk you back to this story I brought you in September. 

Harvard Study – Faith improves mental health outcomes  

There is a common thread that runs through well-intended people across the ideological spectrum today. Mental health issues are a top concern. Brought into focus through numerous mass shootings in recent years, across every age group, gender, ethnic background, and ideological tendency, we’re concerned about identifying, treating and restricting access to weapons. Clearly, the best of all solutions would be to reduce mental illness in our society generally.   

For more than 20 years I’ve voiced a belief that plays directly into this story. The further removed God is from our society, the worse the outcomes are and regardless of one’s religious views, society benefits from the tenants of faith – even atheists. Harvard just completed a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology demonstrating powerful results. Here’s your headline. Children raised with religious activity have better physical and mental health as they age. Here are a few highlights:  

By the age of 20, those raised with religious practices average being.  

  • 18% happier  
  • 30% more likely to help others  
  • 33% less likely to engage in substance abuse  

What’s more is that those who fared best were those who prayed daily. In other words, having faith in one’s life in any capacity provided benefit, the more involved with one’s faith one was, the greater the benefit. This isn’t to say that if all children were raised in religious upbringings, we’d end all mental health issues but it’s evident it would have the potential to be an enormous catalyst. Remarkably, an accredited Harvard study on the biggest concern in our society today has largely been ignored by news media and education establishments. This study was published a week ago. I found it doing my own research yesterday. Once again, the most pervasive form of bias is omitting information.  

After Michael Bowers, Ceasar Sayoc, whoever is next. Here’s the bigger question. What about God? When will that be part of the conversation? We’ve become a society fixated on dealing with symptoms but not treating the condition. Remove God and like values from society and this is what you get. Remember this when you vote. People want to make this about guns and whatever. They’re not new. They’ve always been in our society. What is newer are generations of Americans being brought up in a Godless society without a moral compass. If you want solutions, you should be asking, what about God?

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