The truth is that we live in some pretty troubled times. The amount of violence, disease, and above all suffering running rampant through the world has caused many a believer to lose their faith. And while that is by itself no problem as long as the individual remains a good person, it can lead to some pretty nasty affairs.
And I’m not talking about that from a religious point of view, but from a quality of life point of view. Even if recent studies have proven that non-religious people are more open-minded and accepting of others than religious people, at least in this day and age, not having something in which to believe can seriously mess up your levels motivation, your hope, and even your day to day interactions.
But according to a recent study, either our fellow US citizens have been getting increasingly hypocritical, or there still is more faith left in this country than previously believed. A new study from Baylor University shows that despite general belief, ninety percent of Americans have prayed for healing.
The data of the study was collected from a sample of 1,714 American citizens who filled out a randomized Gallup survey. The results show far more religious habits (nothing but prayers were registered, though) than previous studies would suggest. So let’s see how the population fared.
First of all, 79 percent of Americans have prayed for themselves to get well, while 87 percent have prayed for others at least once. Of the two groups, 32 percent of the first one practice regular prayers, as well as 51 percent of the second group. More than half of the subjects in both groups reported to have asked for prayer for themselves or to have participated in a prayer group.
Going further into the subject, it turns out that pretty much like expected, those considering themselves to have a closer relationship to God engage in the habit far more often than those that don’t. Of course, suffering from an illness or having a loved one suffering from an illness prompts more prayers.
The study talks about more types of prayers and circumstances under which people tend to pray, but it pretty much sums up to the conclusion that despite current statistics which show that fewer and fewer Americans are believing in God, there is still a majority which at least in dire situations goes to a higher power for help.
Again, I am not here to talk about the merits of religion, whichever religion it may be, but the merits of faith have indeed started to be underrated. Regardless of what ideology you believe to be true, simply believing in something, in a higher power, in the fact that this life might have meaning, can be a huge weight lifted off your shoulders and can help with at least some psychological issues.
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