LIVE LONGER…GO TO CHURCH
A few years ago I read one of those longevity studies which was done by the Pew Research Council, replicated by the American Health Association, peer reviewed, and published in AARP. This particular study examined the effects of regular church attendance on longevity in Americans.
It was a very thorough study, but the final conclusion was that people who had regularly attended church (at least once a week) for most of their adult life, had a life expectancy two years greater than others who either “seldom” or “occasionally” attended. So I got out my trusty calculator, and did some “figuring”.
Now, regular Church attendance means giving up perhaps 1 or 2 hours a week, including travel time. So let’s say it’s 1-1/2 hours a week. That’s 78 hours a year, over perhaps 55 years, for a grand total of around 4200 hours, which could have been spent golfing, fishing, or sleeping in. In other words, from ages 25 to 70, a “church person” will spend an entire year of 16 hour waking days in religious services.
But wait…they actually LIVE TWO YEARS LONGER!
Two extra years of golf, fishing, and sleeping in!
So, I guess one could say that for every hour in Church, you add two hours to your life!
Talk about great benefits!
Oh yea…..it also helps you get to heaven.