Study after study continues to prove the benefits of religion. A new study out of King’s College London that used 1,500 participants of all types of religious backgrounds (the majority were Christian) and atheist or agnostics has revealed people who actively participate in their faith tend to be content with their lives. They have a sense of purpose and meaning in and for their lives and aren’t easily bored to the point where they search and search for something more fulfilling.
The study published in the scientific journal Emotion showed that agnostics and atheists reported a much higher rate of boredom and were more likely to express the wish to accomplish something of “greater significance” for their existence. Although the researchers were not looking to find it, in my opinion some ugly, inconvenient truths arose about atheists and agnostics, such as:
- God-deniers know they’re missing out on experiencing a greater purpose to life, a desire that God instills in all humans.
- Resisting acknowledgement of God in their lives (when they know deep down he exists) makes their lives unfulfilled.
- Since atheists and agnostics tend to be very aggressive about trying to get other people to buy into their beliefs, and they know their lives are lacking real purpose, they want others to be as miserable as they are. In other words, they’re selfish and that selfishness promotes a sense of emptiness within them.
Since God created us for the purpose of having a relationship with him so we can worship him the right way through his son, Jesus, anyone outside the Christian fold will ultimately miss out on having a genuinely meaningful life, even if they deceive themselves into believing otherwise. Despite the fact he placed in us the desire to search him out and to know him–giving us an itch that only he can scratch–it’s unfortunate that the way to destruction is broad and many choose to go that way away from the one true God. However, it’s reassuring to know there are still a considerable amount of people who will find rest in the Lord Jesus Christ and will contribute good things in this life as well as in the life to come because of the purpose he gives us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Source: Eric W. Dolan, Study: Religious people are less likely to get bored — which makes them less inclined to search for meaning, PsyPost.org, May 15, 2018.