Science Proves The Teachings of Christianity Result In Healthy Living

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   6/13/2012

Christianity is not only a healthy alternative but it is the healthiest teaching in the world.

Christianity has the most comprehensive, coherence and reasonable understanding of life, from how we were created to how sin became a problem on earth to how God solved the problem.

A person with the understanding of Christianity has the best chance of living a healthy and abundant life.  

For example, Christianity leads to a unique life of prayer that results in a longer and healthier life.

Mark Herringshaw has documented over 250 studies that have shown that prayer has a significant outcome in physical health.

Mark begins with;

“There is overwhelming evidence – enough to say without hesitation: Prayer is healthy for those who practice it. Aside from the question of whether or not prayer generates responses from God, we do know from scientific studies on the question that prayer does generate response within the one who prayers. Back as far as 1990, over 250 studies have shown that religion plays a significant outcome in physical health. Since then the number has grown considerably.”

Author Dale Matthew’s has also documented the amazing power of prayer in his book; “The Faith Factor: Proof of the healing power of prayer

Improved Mental Health

Physical health begins with mental health and prayer is the most effective means to increase your mental health.

Over the last several decades there has been an increase in mental health illnesses. According to a resent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, “About 11 million adults have some type of mental illness in the United States” and “8.4 million have had thoughts of suicide in the past year, and one million attempted suicides.”

The trend is almost identical to the drop in church attendance rate over the same period. It appears that as people stop attending church they also stop praying, which results in a decrease in their personal mental health. 

Christianity teaches people to “pray continually”- 1 Thess. 5:17

The verses surrounding this idea to “pray continually” are;

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” – 1 Thess. 5:16-21

The reason to pray continually begins with how to pray, not out of hopelessness or despair, but with rejoicing always in all circumstances because God has a plan for every one of us and he has given us a solution to our biggest problem revealed in Jesus Christ.

Unique To Christianity

This is unique to Christianity. No other religion has this reason to pray continually.

In another passage, the bible explains why prayer is so effective;

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:18

A few verses before this we are told why we need to pray,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.” – Ephesians 6:12-13

This verse tells us that there are powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil that are working against us and when they increase, we need to pray in order to stand our ground, mentally able to deal with the destruction they bring. 

In many foreign nations, where Christian persecution is already very high, Christians pray without ceasing for this very reason. In many cases, the captors of Christians are very confused when the Christian prisoners are happier than the guards. They are happy because they are praying all the time.

The bible even has a story about when a few of the disciples were in jail and they began singing and praying to God. The other prisoners were confused because they were in complete despair, knowing they may never see their families again. They could not understand how these men could be so happy.  I invite you to read the entire story (Acts 16:25)

How could someone who was beaten and in prison be so happy? Only because they knew about Jesus, they knew they are blameless before God because their sins had been forgiven and their future was secure. 

Only Christianity has this joy, which is the reason for a longer and healthier life.

Scripture tells us what science just figured out, "The fear of the LORD adds length to life" - (Proverbs 10:27)

I love this verse because it tells us that the fear of the Lord, which caused us to follow His commands - results in extending the length of our life.

The Lord's commands are not intended to restrict our liberty or our freedom to do things like some try to claim, but to bless us and to increase our life span. 

Obeying the Lord's commands adds length to our life, because the Lord's commands keep us away from the things that can destroy us and they protect us from selfish ideas that lead to destruction.

So if you want to extend your life, follow the science and believe in the Son of God.

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