Included in this week’s issue:
In everything …
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thess 5:18
Church Attendance and Divorce Rates
Recent research from Harvard’s School of Public Health, in alignment with many other studies, reveals that couples who regularly attend religious services are about 30 to 50 percent less likely to divorce than non-attenders. This Harvard research pinpoints this number at attenders being 47 percent less likely.
This remained true even after controlling for the possibility that couples headed for divorce may be more likely to stop attending church, thus skewing the numbers in troubling ways. A summary of the research offers 5 possible reasons for how this is true.
What Faith Brings Greatest Happiness?
In the book God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis is asked the question by an inquisitor of Christianity which of the world’s religions gives the greatest happiness. He answers with honesty, but with his signature wit, about the reality of Christian discipleship.
“While it lasts, the religion of worshipping oneself is the best. I haven’t always been a Christian. I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
Christianity certainly gives us peace in Christ, but it is not always an easy discipleship. Our Lord Himself taught and demonstrated that to us on the cross.