A strong correlation exists between religiosity and personal happiness, according to a new study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.
The study found that people who attend religious services on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as ‚Äúvery happy‚ÄĚ (45%) than people who never attend (28%). Conversely, those who never worship are twice as likely to say they are ‚Äúvery unhappy‚ÄĚ (4%) as those who attend services weekly (2%).
Building on prior research, this broad survey of American adults comprised a representative sample of 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60....
John Yurich wrote "... does not mean that they become Catholic on 25..." What I meant is that the Christians become like Catholics in that they will not examine what they do if they have to give up vain traditions. This time of the year they follow after tradition even if it counters Scripture and links Christ's name with the mass. I just wonder if the Christians who do so would still attend a church service if it was renamed mass or if they would still support a preacher if he decided to call himself a priest. You John, of course, don't have to answer that one.
A Very Happy 2015 to SermonAudio and all our readers and commentators. May the Lord bless you and keep you and your families. May the struggle be lined with His Grace for you.
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Psalm 1: 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Cont. Left out the word God when I said don't repay evil for evil. God spoke those words through remembering reading those words before. He does speak to us but we have the choice of obeying or ignoring it. Sometimes, when I go ahead and do what flesh wants me to do, I never fail to regret it and repent of it and ask for His help to not repeat it
GS Texas, I appreciate your kindness toward me and your support. I tried to explain to s.c. that I wasn't trying to make her feel bad if she didn't celebrate Christmas for her own reasons because for her it would be a sin. The man made traditions I was talking about had to do with trying to put God in their little box of their beliefs and condemn others. Ilke you said we have disagreed on minor things but we agree on the important doctrines of, Jesus came to earth to die for our sins, rose again and sent His Holy Spirit to live within us. And one day will come again at His second Advent. You know, actually said those very words you said ,don't repay evil for evil and not try to defend myself against accusations but just give it to Him and let it go. John UK and others have been a big help to me with this also. I do love all the brethen in spite of our differences. How can I not if we belong to Christ, we are brothers and sisters in Him.
Cont.here bumped that bucket that we all carry on our shoulders full of something. God knows what's in that bucket and He wants us to see it ourselves so He will send certain people into our lives to bump that bucket. Man, have I had to work on things about myself to help me grow and be a better witness for Him. Have a blessed day, Rodney.
Dear Rodney, since you are addressing the book I mentioned," How To be a Christian without being Religious" you would have to read the book to understand what it is saying. I think you are Christian that hasn't allowed you religious beliefs to cause you to be unkind, mean, vinditive toward those who have other beliefs that differ from you. You don't seem to put God into your religious box and say this is the only way to God. Isn't this what religious sometimes do? Do you really think these different doctrines really make us Christians? Some do, but not the others and Paul makes it very clear that we are not to judge other christians against our own beliefs. Romans makes that very clear, yet many refuse to accept and go their merry way judging and condemning to their heart and if you don't follow them in all their beliefs you are treated like an invidel. The Lord knows His own and His sheep knows His voice. Rodney, I thank for what you said and the love that it was said in so I could explain my thoughts to you about certain issues on here. Follow God's voice and He will show you how to respond in christian love toward those who differ from you, including family.I have actually learned a lot on here about myself that I found was not pleasing to God after some 'irregular' people on
s c wrote: John Yurich...it's obvious which side of the fence that you're on. And we can see who aligns themselves with you. "Yes"...it is the time of the year when many who call themselves Christian become "catholic" following after their traditions. Scary. If someone ever decides to call Christian services "mass" or even "mas", we know who would probably be on board. Maybe all who ordinarily get on John Yurich's case for attending a catholic church need to examine themselves.
Just because Protestants observe Christmas as the birth of Jesus does not mean that they become Catholic on 25 December. And the Holy Spirit guided Luther to retain the Mass in the Lutheran Church minus the belief that the Mass is a sacrifice and minus the belief in the Catholic doctrine of Holy Communion.
For one, she calls people who disagree with her popular view "judgmental". Who's the bully? She puts those who argue against the "holiday" on par with islam. She calls people "sleeping dogs". You mean that Dolores?
s c from Oh writes: GS,hypocrisy...it's okay for others to call names and to criticize because they want to impose their beliefs but it's not okay to point out their hypocrisy?
Where is she calling people names or imposing her beliefs? If she is doing this, it isnt in this thread. There is much I disagree with Delores on, but I do try to be respectful to her, and I will stand up for her if she is attacked for no reason. Like I said, if you disagree with her stand on Christmas that is your right. But goading her, and imposing your beliefs on her is not biblical.
GS,hypocrisy...it's okay for others to call names and to criticize because they want to impose their beliefs but it's not okay to point out their hypocrisy? John Yurich...it's obvious which side of the fence that you're on. And we can see who aligns themselves with you. "Yes"...it is the time of the year when many who call themselves Christian become "catholic" following after their traditions. Scary. If someone ever decides to call Christian services "mass" or even "mas", we know who would probably be on board. Maybe all who ordinarily get on John Yurich's case for attending a catholic church need to examine themselves.
s c wrote: Dolores, you got that part right "... Some people have their man made traditions" Are you having fun celebrating them?
Enough is enough. You are in dire need of psychological evaluation for stating it is a sin to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus on 25 December. Who cares that Jesus was not born on 25 December as long as His birth is celebrated? Nobody in their right mind thinks like you do about Christmas. The secular aspect of Christmas is pagan but the spiritual aspect of Christmas which is the birth of the Lord Jesus is totally scriptural. Luther was guided by the Holy Spirit to retain the Mass in the Lutheran Church minus the unscriptural parts such as the belief that the Mass is a sacrifice and to retain the celebration of Christmas in the Lutheran Church.
s c from Oh writes: Dolores, you got that part right "... Some people have their man made traditions" Are you having fun celebrating them?
There is absolutely no reason for this antagonistic post. You have gone from simply exposing pagan traditions to that of a bully, imposing your beliefs on others. You have ranted ad nauseum about Christmas for days now, enoughs enough. If you disagree with how Delores handles Christmas, thats fine, but goading her is not Christlike.
Dolores wrote: Cody, you are so right. I have a book that is based on Romans called','How to be a Christian Without Being Religious'. Some people have their man made traditions and are very judgemental if you don't agree to follow them. If you truly serve God, He will guide you and help you live a life pleasing to Him. You will be happy and at peace even when times get hard as you go through the storms of life. I am now reading a book by Jim Cymbala, called,'Storm, Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In'. Very good book.
Dear Sis. Dolores,
I must admit I get extremely uncomfortable when I hear people try to separate religion and Christianity. Certainly, it is possible to be religious and not Christian, but it is impossible to be Christian and not be religious.
I do not know about religious people.... But even with all the life's trouble, " Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments" Hab 3:18-19
Cody, you are so right. I have a book that is based on Romans called','How to be a Christian Without Being Religious'. Some people have their man made traditions and are very judgemental if you don't agree to follow them. If you truly serve God, He will guide you and help you live a life pleasing to Him. You will be happy and at peace even when times get hard as you go through the storms of life. I am now reading a book by Jim Cymbala, called,'Storm, Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In'. Very good book.