Religious people have healthy life style:
I am sure you’ll agree that the world’s major religions encourage healthy living.
Some even mandate abstention or moderation as basic doctrine. Devout Hindus
are strict vegetarians, as are many traditional Buddhists. The dietary laws
of Judaism, kashrut, date from the earliest books of the Bible. Few pious Muslims
drink alcohol. Mormons and Seven Adventists practice healthy temperance
in their daily lives. All established religions discourage drunkenness, risky
sexual behavior, and any habit or activity harmful to the human body, which
has traditionally been viewed as sacred, created in the image of God.
1. A growing array of research is charting the benefits to physical health
that religious people often enjoy. I’m particularly impressed by studies
showing that adolescents from strong religious backgrounds who frequently
attend worship service, pray, and read scripture are far less
likely to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or experiment with illegal
drugs than their nonreligious peers.
2. Research also indicates premarital sexual intercourse is far less common
among religious adolescents than among less religious teenagers.
3. And there’s convincing evidence that the shield of religious moderation
continue into adulthood.
4. These lifestyle attitudes are the basis of the much lower rates of alcohol-
and tobacco-related afflictions and sexually transmitted diseases
among the religious when compared with their secular peers.
Freedom to determine our own moral standards is considered a necessity
for being fully human.
In many areas of life, freedom is not so much the absence of restrictions as
finding the right ones, the liberating restrictions. If we only grow intellectually,
vocationally, and physically through judicious constraints – why would it not
also be true for spiritual and moral growth? Instead of insisting on freedom to
create spiritual reality, shouldn’t we be seeking to discover it and disciplining
ourselves to live according to it?