One of the famous evangelism lines of Campus Crusade for Christ is: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. And while the four spiritual laws might help you find salvation and escape eternal punishment, who would've thought that believing in a God's plan might also improve your mental health?
The third portion of the Baylor University Survey on Religion has been released with some interesting results. According the the survey, if you believe that God has a plan for your life you than you are more likely to be poor and less educated. On the other hand, you are less likely to have mental heath issues.
- Most Americans (73.2%) believe that God has a plan for them. Those who feel strongly that God has something wonderful in store for them tend to have lower incomes and less education (p.2-5).
- Heaven is a more popular notion than Hell. Nearly two-thirds of American adults (62%) absolutely believe that Heaven exists, whereas barely half (51%) express the same certainty about the existence of Hell (p.26).
- Those who believe in a very engaged God who is involved in the world and in people’s lives fared better insofar as mental health matters included in the survey when compared to those who believe in a very judgmental God who is critical, punishing, and angered by sin (p.14-15).
- Respondents who strongly believe they have a warm relationship with God report 31 percent fewer mental issues, on average.
- Those who strongly believe God knows when they need support report 19 percent fewer mental health issues, on average.
- Those who strongly believe that God is responsive to them report 19 percent fewer mental health issues.
- Respondents who strongly believe God’s love never fails report 17 percent fewer mental health issues, on average.
What do you make of these numbers? Does believing in God or a plan of God help people to find an anchor in their life?