I received an email from a guy whose friends are debating if faith really impacts our health. Well, if he has faith in my answer, i think he’ll be encouraged.
First, let me be clear — strong faith, enough prayer, or the right faith doesn’t guarantee good physical health or healing. We know god doesn’t always answer “yes.”
However, there is overwhelming evidence that shows religious commitment plays a positive role in preventing illness, helping people cope when they are sick, and speeding up recovery. Plus, a strong faith is linked to lower stress levels and overall well being.
The general health benefits of faith are real—and deeper faith means greater benefits. Maybe that’s one reason god is called the “great physician.”
Read more about the faith-health connection in an article I wrote for Significant Living.
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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