The question is that we really do not know how many people in reality do believe in a God. There are many who actual admit or deny it as part of the special occasion they are part of at that moment. For those people leaving their religion at that moment could have a physical health risk if we have to believe Christopher Scheitle, research assistant in sociology at Penn State University. As a Sociologist I cannot disagree or agree with this. It is no doubt investigated with all the precautions needed to do such a study, and as such we will not dispute the outcome of the study.
However, as an born Jew raised and educated from the camps through Beth Ami to a forced entry into the Roman Catholic religion with all the trials and turbulence with it and that all within a ten year cycle, then forced in a reformed church entity due to re-marriage of my mother, it would be if that research of Christopher Scheitle is right, effected not only my spiritual forming but also affected my health. It did neither, my health is till now near perfect and spiritual I have made a proper choice at the age of 35 that as a protestant Christian my life would be complete. And as I can confirm it is indeed complete for the last 35 years.
Having said this, on my many travels over the worlds high and byways, I have seen many forms of religions and many religions in many other forms. I have seen people becoming obsessed by their religion. People who were using the religion as a tool. People who were misusing their religion to get an advantage point. It can be discussed that those people were spiritual obsessed or in an un-healthy way a product of the religions power they were using for their own benefit.
Here we come to the point as to divine what is living within the strict line of your religion. Can we really divine this; can we really point to a perfect life within a religion and following the lines within that religion? The answer from life’s experience has to say, no it cannot. Every person has his own view of his religion with a strict moral and social code. This can be completely different from a similar person with the exact same form of religion in which that person has a different set of moral and social codes, although both being to have to same religion.
It is here were the agreement is with the study report, the depth of the religion awareness, the creation of the setting of moral and social codes, can have indeed an devastating effect on the carrier of that religion. If indeed somewhere within in that line of the moral and social code something goes wrong, then indeed the health as well the spiritual index may go wrong. The religion is then not the safeguard any more on what that person was relying and with that it’s confident is gone. Suddenly that person stands there with no protection from within that moral and social code, its religion has failed him.
If that situation indeed continued then that person’s spiritual and physical health will indeed decline. Many of those cases can be found back at mental health surgeries if the situation has a prolonged duration. There are many reasons for the breakdowns occurring in a religion. However, the most severe cases are always the ones in which the person led a well secured moral and social religion code. Therefore it is not the change of a religion but the breach of the secure moral and social code which created the breakdown. In such a situation they can quit religion altogether. The health will suffer as inside himself he still believes, but does not want to express that believe as the breach of the moral and social code, his security, is not there anymore.
This can be seen in group switching from one religion to another, in which the whole group suffers. To recall a village in the north of India, and Hindu community that was living on the border of a Muslim society. The pressure, the obstructions, the loss of security was the base of the elder’s decision to order the village to forget Hinduism and embrace the Islam. So they did, their water supply was restored, the trade was restored, the theft of animals stopped over night, we even were allowed to finish the bridge we were working on. But it was not a happy time, villager after villager left the village at night. This was in such a way that the elders set out guards at night. Secretly Hinduism was still the main religion, till such a time that an Pakistani Muslim came to visit and demanded that every visible sign of Hinduism would be destroyed including people if they did not wanted to obey Islam. As Christians we were told to leave as soon as the bridge was finished, and so we did.
There is indeed nothing that can replace the feeling that if all goes wrong there is one you can talk to, and although there is no direct answer, it is good to talk. Therefore, without doubt it is a fact that having the security of a faith is the security of your spiritual well being and your physical well being. This however only applies to an situation in which an adult of whatever age has bound himself to that religion with heart and soul, a dangerous situation to be in as an objective approach is not longer possible. Any decision made is always based on the strict social and moral lines within that faith, this however may not always be the best decision made.
Although we have no doubt on the study from Scheitle, regarding religions with strict moral and social guidelines, we have some reservation concerning the belonging to a religion with less strict guidelines. Too many persons are switching between religions as switching from one train to another. The most notable is that of the former first minister of Great Britain, who simple one day switched from his old religion to the Roman Catholic religion, with so far as we know no health of spiritual changes, although noticing his character that are not too sure of that spiritual, as it seems that he confuses spiritual with money gains.
However, to go back to the study of Scheitle, it is also possible that we could follow that line from religions to any kind of organization, non-religion that has the same strict behaviour values as the religions in the study. I maybe worth to consider of the leaving of such an organization has the same outcome as leaving a religion group. In basic they are the same, in basic they are both organizations with strict behaviour obligations. Therefore it must be following that leaving either of them must have the same outcome.
In both it is possible to lose track on normal behaviour actions, losing admiration and support, losing your family and friends. This all can lead to a failure of the strict behaviour rules in both organizations which can lead to psychological problems and bad health. As said before types you can see in a mental health breakdown at mental health surgeries. It would be possible that in both organizations the strict rule works as a straight jacket, and when that straight jacket fails all fails.
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