The Benefits of Religion
In this religious article, I consider some of the benefits of religion.
When I was considering going back to church, I was put off by the bad reputation of religion. I had become prejudiced.
To make the journey to return to church I felt I had to justify the decision.
Whilst I try to avoid religious arguments where possible, I feel I need an answer - for myself at least - to people I encounter, both spiritual and atheist, who are clearly against religion.
The benefits of religion for the secular community
- Many people find in religion a place from which they can serve their community.
- Churches in the UK organise meals and trips for those who live alone, for the elderly and for the homeless.
- Statistically the religious are healthier and live longer.
- Church services play a huge role in marking
significant life events - births, marriages and deaths. Many people - on
both an individual and national level - find these ceremonies to be of huge comfort.
- The church in the UK, and many other countries, takes
care of the maintenance of buildings of astoundingly rich historical
- A vast number of voluntary organisations in the UK and globally are
manned by people of faith. Faith emphasises the importance of service to
- The Christian churches feed and educate huge swathes
of the developing countries. I heard an estimate that 50% are catered
for by the Catholic Church alone. Who else would take on
More controversially, religion also contributes to peace in many
ways. Since most religions teach that we are all made in the image of
God - beliefs that can help to break down prejudice between nations.
Unfortunately as we know this is not always the case and religions do also cause war.
The above benefits of religion are easy to relate to for those who are not on a spiritual path.
None of these points touch on the main intent and benefits of religion, which is the role they serve for people of faith.
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The benefits of religion for people of faith
- Religions organise locations where we meet
affordably and reliably in praise and worship of our God, to allow
Him/Her/It to work in us and in the lives of those around us.
As a student of A Course In Miracles - a spiritual path, but not a religion, I may or may not find a local group to join with.
a Christian, one of the benefits of religion is that I can travel
almost anywhere in the world and join with the local community in
I have always found it wonderful to belong to a group that
crosses all national boundaries. When I had more severe CFS and was dependent on care, most of my carers were
immigrant to the UK. Yet, since many were Christians, we could share
our knowledge of the Bible stories that inspire us.
- As a Christian, I am part of a world wide network of people who
read the same stories and take them in on a deeper level as they go
The book of the Bible becomes so rich for us that
for someone to quote a scripture or a parable can be enough for us to
draw on all the wisdom of that story.
I speak here about how the line "The Lord is my Shepherd" came to comfort me in dark times.
personal benefit of religion for me is that the church is the place where I meet
with the broadest cross section of society. In my church I have three
friends over 90 years old. It's the only group I belong to where I meet young children and get to watch to them grow up. It's the only
group I belong to in which disabled people take part as a matter of
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