New Research Shows Trusting The Lord Leads To A Longer Life

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   4/12/2013

There are many books about how the rewards of Christians are being stored up in heaven. The Sermon on the Mount is a classic example used to point this out.

In this, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

But this passage is mainly about serving money rather than God, because a few verses later he says, “You cannot serve both God and money.”

Books like “A Life God Rewards, Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever”, by Bruce Wilkinson seems to say that we shouldn’t even look for any rewards in this life, because our rewards will be great in heaven. 

But I think Bruce missed the importance of pointing out that the Lord rewards those that serve him in this life as well.  And not just a little, but there are a great many rewards in this life that the Lord hands out. 

Science Proves Scripture

It is interesting to read how research points this out.  A recent article in the Christian Post highlighted the results of medical research on

“For instance, in, under the subheading "Go to Church, Live Longer," they reported from one of many studies that have consistently found the same thing: regular church attendance adds to life's quality and longevity. Of course, it's not the physical act of going to church, but the spiritual act of seeking God that makes the difference.”

The article also pointed out that scripture says the same thing.

“Solomon the Wise once said, "My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity."

The article points out that science proves scripture, "What's interesting is to see that scientists today are discovering empirical data pointing to a similar conclusion to the principle of long life as a reward for godly living."

So you see, God rewards those that seek to learn about him right here and now in this life – as well as in the next.

“Those who live godly lives are spared all sorts of hardships in this life and all sorts of problems that the Creator desires to spare us from. His commands are not to restrict us, but for our good---much like a loving father who wants his children to obey for their safety and well-being.”, the article said.

The Atheist Riddle

I have a friend of mine that I like to talk about these ideas.  He is especially interesting to talk with because he claims to be an Atheist.

One day while discussing Christianity, he said he does not see any reward or value to becoming a Christian. His reasoning is because he has seen Christian family members that have suffered and died just as non-Christian family members and God didn't intervene.  

This is a common thought that I think everyone wrestles with at some point, does God really care if he lets bad things happen to people that love him?  Almost every atheist that I’ve talked with point this out as part of the reason they reject God.  

Answering this question when the pain of losing someone is so great is not easy, but it can be done and it begins by pointing out that death comes from sin.  Without sin, death would not be part of this world and God did not bring sin or death into the world – we did.

Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” – Romans 5:12

Now lets look back to the statistics that show that believing in God lengthens your life. If you reject God and believe that all we have is this life to live and then we die, than you should do all you can to extend your life.  If life is all we have, then life is everything.  Therefore an Atheist should follow the science and believe in God to get the longest life they can.  This is the Atheist riddle.

From a Christian perspective, we have a new life (born again) to live on earth (Romans 6:4) and a hope beyond this life in an even greater life to come.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” – Romans 6:5

Jesus didn’t stop there he also said we will have a greater life on earth, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly" – John 10:10

Trusting the Lord adds length to our life.  “The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. “ - Proverbs 10:27.   We are all born with wickedness in our heart.  

It is not Christianity that denies science, but the world that rejects God that denies science.  Trusting the Lord has been proven to lead to a longer and healthier life.

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