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Religion Improves Health | Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
People who attend a church, synagogue, or mosque on a weekly or greater basis are healthier, according to research.
When people start going to church, they reduce their smoking, alcoholism, and drugs; and if they stop going to church, they increase them again. In addition, the more religious you are, the longer you are likely to live.
People with deep religious faith have a calmness and peace of mind which comes from their commitment to God. They know that God loves them, despite illness, injury, and other life challenges. Religion helps people accept and find meaning in life’s trials and suffering. Although there is often divine intervention in behalf of patients and doctors, there is an understanding that this is done according to God’s timetable and overall purpose for his children. They accept God’s will, knowing that things will ultimately work out for their greatest happiness.
Good health is more than an absence of disease or injury—it is really caring for our mind, our body, and our spirit in a way that uplifts us and brings us to a better quality of life.
Religious support considers the person as a whole—their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Christ was a holistic healer who cured the lepers, gave sight to the blind, mended broken hearts, and embraced the outcasts. He looked at the total person—their physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
There is also an appropriate place for religion in medical and psychotherapy care and programs for addiction. Religious commitment has been found to be clinically beneficial.
The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of a person are intertwined, each impacting the others. Scientific research has demonstrated the value of religious commitment and faith to people in the recovery from, the prevention of, and coping with illness.
“It is understood now, that all medical disorders have psychological components, and all psychological disorders have physiological components. We are integrated beings. Everything affects everything.” Dr. Allen Bergin, former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research