Advocate for the Aging

Do you need religion to live longer?

Last Sunday, I was reading a couple of articles that got me thinking about religion again. One article in the Washington Post was really intriguing, When the church itself needs saving. That was particularly interesting for me because I was raised Roman Catholic. I went to Catholic school in Falls Church. We had nuns for teachers. We were not, under any circumstances, to question the church, or the nuns. Maybe that's just the way children were raised then. Do not question authority. That never set well with me and I found myself drifting away from the religion I was raised with as I got older. By the time I reached adulthood, I pretty much had no interest in Catholicism. So, reading about people who are encouraged to question the very way that their religion communicates with them was extremely interesting to me.

The second article I read was by Dr. Oz, who I am fascinated with despite his fascination with poop. He's the only reason I read the Washington Examiner. Anyway, Dr. Oz wrote about religion and its effect on not only how long you live, but how well. That was certainly not the only place I've heard that. So, between the two articles, I'm wondering if it is religion itself or belonging to a religion--getting the benefit of the community and sense of belonging? Would it be the same if you belonged to something else? Would the chamber of commerce or the rotary do the same thing? What about if you prayed and were spiritual, but did not belong to an organized religion?

Well, I could go on with these questions forever. I guess one way or another, I will find out.


Toni Reinhart

 |  October 26, 2010; 5:28 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Other organizations can provide some sense of community, but relationship with God and His Son can only come from a personal investment in time with Him via accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior prayer, studying the Bible, and partaking in other God-centered activities. Other organizations (i.e. chamber of commerce) can't nourish that relationship and connection to God and Jesus.

Sure you can pray to God without identifying yourself with organized religion. But, you limit your circle that way. Fellowshipping with other believers via church, small group is beneficial because you can learn from others and receive strength from others' experiences. Thank you for starting this dialogue.

Posted by: anicole56 | October 26, 2010 7:26 PM
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