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Survey: Very religious rate higher on “well being” scale
February 17th, 2012
05:59 AM ET

Survey: Very religious rate higher on “well being” scale

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Very religious people rate higher – compared to the moderately religious and nonreligious – on a Gallup “well being” survey released Thursday.

According to the survey, very religious people from all religious groups surveyed higher than their nonreligious brethren. Very religious Jews scored highest on the survey with a score of 72.4. Very religious Mormons finished a close second with 71.5.

By comparison, moderately and non religious Jews scored in the 68 percentile, while moderately and non religious Mormons scored in the 63 percentile.

Gallup defines well being based on a number of emotional and physical health indexes in their Well-Being Index.

“The findings confirm that the strong positive relationship between religiosity and wellbeing that Gallup previously demonstrated holds regardless of faith,” stated a release by researchers Frank Newport, Dan Witters and Sangeeta Agrawal.

Though the difference from the top was only about 7 points, those who identified as not religious, atheist or agnostic finished at the bottom of the scale with 65.8 points.

“The relationship appears to be largely independent of the proportions of very religious, moderately religious, and nonreligious in each religious group, and it is more closely aligned with the faith itself,” the release stated.

An example: while Muslims have a lower level of well being than Jews, the gap between the most and least religious constituencies is roughly the same.

The results of the survey also show that Mormons are by far the most religious group surveyed.

Seventy-three percent of Mormons identified as very religious, compared to 50 percent of Protestants, 46 percent of Muslims and 43 percent of Roman Catholics.

In comparison, people from other non-Christian religions and Jews were predominantly nonreligious with 43.7 and 53.5 percent respectively identifying as such.

The survey was compiled from 676,000 interviews and has an error range of plus or minus less than one percent. These interviews were conducted from January 2010 to December 2011.

The data is part of a multipart Gallup series on “religiosity and wellbeing in America.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Islam • Judaism • Mormonism • Polls • Protestant

soundoff (687 Responses)
  1. Matthew 7:6

    "...cast not that which is Holy..."

    February 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • William Demuth

      These post would be so much more interesting if they had a point!

      February 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Come on Billy Boy, you know what a swine is.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Matthew 7:6

      @ HeavenSent: Read it, Why are you still here?

      February 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Great question. I wonder why HS is ignoring it or, more probably, declining to answer it.

      February 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  2. Oh Yeah

    "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." – George Bernard Shaw

    February 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Ran

      I don't think Goerge B. Shaw is in a 'happy' place now though, unfortunately.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • J.W

      I would rather live my life feeling drunk. As long as I was still able to function.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you'd rather be happy a happy cult member? i'd rather know the truth, there is no god and live in the really real world.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      J.W
      But are you really able to function? Every drunk driver BELIEVES that they can, and you can see how well that works out, right?

      February 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jesus said,

      But there are some of you who do not believe.

      Not believing dictates not understanding.

      2 Corinthians 4:4

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  3. GodShocked

    I love it! We're happier than they are and they can't stand it. They'll post and post but we are happier than they are. We are happy! Wait, now they'll claim that being happy isn't so great. Just watch: "I live in reality like an adult. You're a moron etc. etc."

    February 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Sounds like you're half-way there. :-)

      February 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Well Being is now happiness?

      I guess intellect is required to recognize the difference

      February 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Websters

      well–be·ing noun \ˈwel-ˈbē-iŋ\
      Definition of WELL-BEING : the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous

      February 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Oxford

      well-being
      noun
      [mass noun]

      the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy

      February 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  4. Michael

    No, Jim, it's you who need to do the research. There is quite a bit of evidence from secular Roman historians – who obviously didn't believe Jesus was who He said He was – that He did indeed live! For instance, they even had to agree that Jesus did miracles (too many witnesses to deny!) so they said He did them by the "dark arts He learned in Egypt." So even unbelievers agreed He did those miracles!
    Anyone who takes an honest look at the historical record (secular and otherwise) will agree that Jesus Christ lived and did what the Bible says He did. So the only question every human being has to answer is: Is Jesus Christ who He said He is?

    February 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      That historical accounts have recorded that a person existed probably means they did exist. So what? That does not mean the things written about what those people "did" are actually true. What was "truth" to ancient, ignorant people living in the time Jesus is said to have lived? What would appear as a "miracle" to those people? Even if something occurred which would have been described as "miraculous" to them (which of course would have a corresponding, logical, scientific explanation today), does not mean that it WAS a miracle just because some author wrote it down as such. Grow up! Witches, ghosts, magic....are not real.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Ran

      @ReligionIs4Dolts-
      'What was "truth" to ancient, ignorant people living in the time Jesus is said to have lived? What would appear as a "miracle" to those people? Even if something occurred which would have been described as "miraculous" to them (which of course would have a corresponding, logical, scientific explanation today), does not mean that it WAS a miracle just because some author wrote it down as such.' -So according to your theory, 2 thousand years from now, if the world doesn't end before that which I think it would, poeple like us who exist today are going to be considred as ignorant? Including you that is? You know that you just called yourself and all humanity ignorant in the eyes of those generations that'll come ahead of them. Humanity has been growing, technology has been evolving. We are more technologically advanced today and scientifically, know more than we did 2000 years ago. But men rising from the dead, water being transformed into wine, the blind seeing, deaf hearing, 2 fish and five loaves of bread feeding 3000 men plus women and children, the lame walking...all these are miracles which science CANNOT explain today, and in the future. If you are trying to claim that science is behind these miracles that Jesus performed (I just mentioned a few of them above), you deceive yourself. Not to mention that Jesus rose from the dead after being dead in a tomb for 3 whole days. That' s the biggest miracle of them all. Try putting a dead man in a tomb and scientifically raiise him, please!!

      February 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Michael
      The Roman Emperor Vespasian is also recorded as having performed miracles, and Jesus wasn't the only guy doing the wandering wonder worker gig at that exact same time and place either. Besides, it wouldn't have taken much to impress folks back then. Even now. Just look at how people reacted to a dove landing on Castro's shoulder back when he took power, or all the oddly burned slices of toast that people see as "signs." Or think about how freaked people get today by Penn & Teller, and that's with them KNOWING that they're just doing illusions. Hell, somebody who simply washed their hands before treating an ill person back then would have likely gotten results. Your argument only holds weight with the very gullible.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      Ran:
      "So according to your theory, 2 thousand years from now, if the world doesn't end before that which I think it would, poeple like us who exist today are going to be considred as ignorant?"
      If knowledge keeps expanding like it has (and which it does continually expand at an exponential rate), then YES, people today will be considered "ignorant" by future standards.

      "if the world doesn't end before that which I think it would"
      That's what Xians freaks have been saying already for 2000 years!

      "But men rising from the dead, water being transformed into wine, the blind seeing, deaf hearing, 2 fish and five loaves of bread feeding 3000 men plus women and children, the lame walking...all these are miracles which science CANNOT explain today, and in the future."
      You have NO PROOF that these accounts were not just fabricated by one or more authors. There were no cameras in existence at the time so I can't watch a YouTube video of these events. You cannot claim that because something written down by an ancient, ignorant author with no other evidence to back it up is actually "proof"! The test can't be reproduced!

      February 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Malarky.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.

      Proverbs 1:22

      Amen :)

      February 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Exactly

      "fools hate knowledge."

      -

      Describes you perfectly, @HS

      February 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Judy

    Scary to see all these religious articles..

    "Well Being" is used too often by pharmaceutical companies.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • William Demuth

      Religion is a drug

      Just say NO

      February 17, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      You came to the Religious/belief section of CNN and you are scared because you see .... a bunch of religious articles?

      If you hate sports maybe you should try to go to ESPN or SI.com.... You will be safe :)

      February 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • just sayin

      God hater William Demouth, I say YES.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • William Demuth

      just sayin

      Of course you do, you are a sheep.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Mark from Middle River
      Isn't this blog all about discussing belief, including those things that people don't believe in?

      February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Judy is a typical "rational thinking" atheist who are only known for their irrational posts. The emotional maturity which comes from loving ur neighbor as yourself is lost on most of them. Having eyes they cannot see n ears they cannot hear.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      God rejects all those who stray from His word. It does not matter what the subject matter is. There is no salvation for any who heed not holy writ,

      Psalm 119:21

      Amen :)

      February 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  6. Pretending fairy tales are real is not healthy for kids

    Critical thinking changes things...

    February 17, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • just sayin

      without God there is no thinking of any description.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      without "god" there is no defecation of any putrefaction

      ...an equivalent, meaningless statement

      February 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      ... all who behave unrighteously are an abomination to the Lord.

      Deuteronomy 25:16

      Amen :)

      February 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Know What

      Really, can you even imagine the "critical thinking" that @HeavenSent and @just sayin would come up with, left to their own devices? Maybe we are better off letting them hold on to their book of old timey incantations - the devil you know, you know... ?

      February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  7. BoldGeorge

    It's interesting to note that while the very religious feel "good" or have a "better" well-being than the lesser religious, Jesus Christ Himself talked about this very subject and scorned the very religious for this same reason. If we study the life of Jesus and His disciples/Apostles, we learn that they didn't have such a "well-being" about them. In fact, they had it worse than many others that did not have their same faith or were too "holier-than-thou".

    Now, having said this (written rather), there is a peace and a state of well-being that Jesus and the Apostles talked about. But this peace and well-being has nothing to do with how well-off you are financially, nor how happy and wonderful life seems to be for you, nor how optimistic things are looking for you right now. Don't get me wrong, it's ok if all or most things are going well for you, but this is not the specific well-being Jesus and His followers taught, nor was it the kind of earthly well-being He wanted us to aim for. Jesus never promises treasures here on earth but in heaven.

    Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO.

    2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven.

    Luke 8:14 – The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • warmesTghosT

      The fundamental error you've made is basing your statement (and faith) on the premise that Yeshua of Nazareth even existed in the first place.

      Chances are extremely high that he did not.

      Read up on the Osiris/Mithra/Jesus parallels. Interesting and highly coincidental I must say...

      February 17, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      "Jesus never promises treasures here on earth but in heaven."

      But the Jewish religion Jesus' religion is built on does promote a long life for those who honor their mother and father (from the Ten Commandments). Why would anyone want/need to be coaxed by such a "treat" as long life when (1) the ultimate goal is to get to heaven, and (2) life, especially LONG life, is wrought with so much torture, health problems, etc.? What a load of inconsistent, contradicting crap people will believe in!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Jesus Christ said:

      John 14:6

      6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      One of the greatest proofs for Jesus is in the opposition. To this day the empty tomb is explained in some detail as the disciples having stolen the body. There would have been no reason to maintain that, unless there had been a body. The very act of denying Jesus is in itself an admission that Jesus was, not only real but crucified and resurrected.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ warmesTghosT...
      If the 'chances' are high that He did not exist, this directly implies that there is a low chance He did. And if you are taking your chances, I must say you are gambling with your soul. Not a good way to live I must advice.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ ReligionIs4Dolts...
      God's Word is NEVER inconsistent, but the way people respond to it is. If you would just take some time to read the bible and take it in for what it really means, not for what you think it means or how it fits into one's lifestyle, you would clearly see throughout the text and its contexts that honoring father and mother meant blessings, prosperity and peace not only for you but for your household and for your little ones and for your future generations. Your right atti.tude of respecting, loving and honoring your parents means that this same good atti.tude and trait will be taught forward.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      BoldGeorge:
      "God's Word is NEVER inconsistent"
      Wrong in so many ways, I don't have time to point them all out.

      "If you would just take some time to read the bible"
      I have read it cover to cover at least twice. I was raised on this crap!

      "honoring father and mother meant blessings, prosperity and peace not only for you but for your household and for your little ones and for your future generations."
      Why does any of that matter when heaven is the goal? Seems like those Muslims who are extremists and are willing to participate in suicide bombings are more in tune with this tenet that any Xian I've known. (not that I am condoning extremist Islam or not that I am insinuation all Muslims are extremists)

      February 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      BoldGeorge:
      "not for what you think it mean"

      If it's not up to me to decide what I think it means, then what's the point? I shouldn't need to get another fallible man to interpret it for me (like a pope or a priest).

      February 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      BoldGeorge-

      You're right, there is a very small statistical chance that he existed. There is also that same chance for the existence of God Itself. I choose to live my life free of unfounded superst-itious claptrap, as is my right as a thinking, reasoning adult. I have no fear of your Heaven/Hell carrot and stick fundamentalist bullsh1te. If the only reason you have faith in Christianity is because you fear being wrong, you are a coward. Plain and simple.

      Pascal's Wager. Typical thinking of a Christian. My own thinking is that if there is a God and a Heaven, there are a hell of a lot more atheists in there than theists.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      warmesTghosT
      There's also a small statistical chance that any of the thousands of other gods is real too, but you won't see many Christians losing sleep over potentially making that mistake, will you?

      February 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      "For the wicked [man without God] boasts of his heart's desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord. The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts."

      Psalm 10:3-4

      Amen :)

      February 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      May He enfold you gently in His noodly appendage and bear you up everlasting to the glory of His High Carbohydrate Throne.

      Ramen.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • craig

      you are right the peace Jesus does not come from wordly goods, money, things. It comes from the holy spirit being in every believer in Jesus Christ. The peace that passes all understanding.The world will never understand, that is why we pray for the unbelievers.The enemy is blinding the world from God's truth.

      February 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Stevie7

      An omnipotent being wouldn't be limited to granting peace only to believers. Either your god is sadistic and arbitrarily plays favorites based significantly upon birth location, or your god isn't omnipotent.

      You've also placed yourself in a catch-22. Essentially, you need the holy spirit to really believe, but you need to believe to get the holy spirit.

      February 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ Stevie7

      You accuse God of playing favorites but may I say that you yourself are playing favorites. You favor yourself, your lifestyle and the things of this world rather than favoring the One who created you and wants to redeem you. The catch-22 is on you but the good news is that it doesn't have to be that way if you don't want it to.

      February 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  8. Prayer Is No Different Than Associating a Meaningless Ritual With the Inert Act of Making a Wish

    The results would be exactly the same if you chose to toss a coin in a fountain, throw a grain of salt over your left shoulder, identify the first star you saw on a given night, etc., prior to making your wish.

    Furthermore, anyone wanting to convince themselves that their "god" or their "faith" is true would merely have to deliberately pray for things that have a high probability of happening anyway. Go ahead and pray for world peace, or that you have the winning Powerball ticket. Your faith will soon die.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • McJesus

      A REAL test of faith?

      Ask them to cancel all of their insurance policies, and rely on prayer to keep their assets safe. Ask all churches in your area to do the same. Then watch them squirm.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Prayer Is No Different Than Associating a Meaningless Ritual With the Inert Act of Making a Wish

      Ah, but if you press too much about testing faith, they'll just reply with their pre-programmed talking point that they have been told not to test their faith. "Look, we have a hypothesis that we can't test, therefore it must be true since we've been told we can't test it." Ha ha ha ha!

      February 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John 14:6

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  9. Michael

    I worry about people like Jim who make statements like "David was a character in a fairy tale." It's amazing what uniformed people will say – I guess they just make things up to fit what they want to believe. I would encourage any doubters out there to go on an honest historical search – especially on who Jesus Christ really was and is. But be forewarned, you (like some famous former atheists out there) might become a believer – but that would be a GOOD thing!

    February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • William Demuth

      Micheal

      If YOU did some research you will find that Christ is a FICTIONAL character, with little or no imerical evidence of his actual exsistence.

      You worship propoganda

      February 17, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • warmesTghosT

      What type of uniforms are we talking here?

      Sidenote – if you research "historical Jesus" you will find nothing, because there is no evidence that he ever existed.

      The same is true for the Exodus, the Flood, Moses, etc. The list goes on.

      Your religion is patently and demonstrably false. My apologies that you've wasted part of your life and likely a good bit of your finances on a blatant lie.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • The Bobinator

      People who do look for the history of Jesus figure out that there is no history to verify who he was. You might want to do the research before you suggest others to do so.

      A good book to get started is "A History of God". I reccomend it. It'll bring you up to speed on the evolution of Yahweh.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • pastmorm

      Seriously Michael???? There is no proof of any biblical person, including Jesus. Yes, there is proof that some of the cities mentioned in your book of fables (the bible) existed, but the stories were parables given to people to keep them following the existing governments of the time. I'm not an athiest. I believe something out there exists. I just don't think it has the time or interest to send people to heaven or hell.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • HeavenSent

      The international merchants of social destruction say that nonbelievers, indeed, are useful idiot.

      Congratulations on jumping through the hoops of deception folks ... all for believing it will keep that GPA to graduate (LOL).

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  10. just sayin

    Real science is what God reveals to man, why would God be excluded from science, God created science.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • William Demuth

      And Science killed God

      The King is dead, long live the king!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You keep spouting the same BS and I'll keep refuting it.
      Science progresses in SPITE of God and His earthly mouthpieces, not becuase of Him.
      God has demonstrated that he resents mankind's quest for knowledge and understanding.
      The Original Sin for which we are eternally cursed is being curious and gaining knowledge.
      When mankind worked together to achieve a common goal, God destroyed the fruits of that labour and sowed the seeds of strife and war forevermore by separating us into tribes that could no longer inter-communicate effectively.
      When man seeks knowledge, God smites us.
      All too often in history, new information has been branded heresy by the religiously minded and teh messengers killed/exiled/excommunicated/tortured/all of the above.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      If "god" created science, then "god" is one h&ll of a sadist to just let mankind suffer for tens of thousands of years before learning on man's own how to correct such common problems as myopia, tooth decay, not to mention any number of more serious ailments and diseases. And you want to keep following such an @$$h0le "god"? Retard!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • HeavenSent

      True Science and Jesus are in perfect harmony. Come on non-believers ... sing it in harmony.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  11. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    You have no eternal soul, you are nothing more than the biochemical reactions in your brain.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • William Demuth

      I agree, but I DO have a pair of red Converse I bought back in 1976.

      Soles still going strong!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I can tell that non of you folks are married.

      Thank you God for small favors.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      missed that "e" for none.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Hasa at it again. What is an atheist doing here if not to confirm his beliefs. Science to the dogs if it doesn't agree with me. I can see it all now as the atheists purge academia of 'prejudiced' religious scholars. Let go! If u dont know don't claim it. That is science not ur 'scientific' rulings

      February 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      Nii Croffie:
      "If u dont know don't claim it"

      You don't know that what you've thought was "god" all this time wasn't just the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Let it go!

      February 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      I've been happily unmarried to the same person for night on a decade.
      We don't need the validation of clergy or any kind of public ceremony to be a loving family.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  12. warmesTghosT

    As Mr. Demuth said earlier, ignorance truly is bliss.

    And Christianity's entire premise is founded on ignorance. God chucked us all out of the Garden for partaking of the Tree of Knowledge after all. Guess he wanted all the good little Christians stupid and breeding heavily. Sounds like one hell of a ponzi scheme to me.

    I'd say your religion has at most 500 more years of pertinence before it joins Greek, Roman and Norse mythology in the dustbin of history.

    PRAISE SCIENCE

    February 17, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • William Demuth

      I love getting foot notes!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Abinadi

      I have no problem with science. My oldest son is a physicist. Science and religion go hand in hand. Science explains the how and when. Religion explains the who and why. By the way, I have no problem with evolution, so I am not the same as the evangelists.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • pastmorm

      warmes....I totally agree with most of what you say, though with technology becoming more and more prevalent, I would say that christianity has an expiration date of far less than 500 years. More like 50 years. Science will disprove religion more and more each decade and each new generation will want the hands on proof that science provides.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually warmes, what happened in the garden is happening today ... aka being deceived by satan. Looks like you need to rethink what you believe you know about what God had written.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      IF Christianity is true (pretty huge if) then I proudly stand with Satan any day.

      After all, he had the cajones to tell God to His face what a gigantic d!ck He is. I admire testicular fort-itude of that magnitude.

      And as I've said before, the parties they throw in Hell must be way more interesting than the ones up top.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    One of the greatest thing about being an athiest is hearing all the religions condemn each other.

    I for one hope the war continues, and that the casualties are high!

    February 17, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • just sayin

      You are not an atheist, I have read some of your posts, you are a God hater.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • William Demuth

      Hating something that doesn’t exist?

      I am a militant atheist

      February 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • just sayin

      bull you are a God (who exists to you) hater, otherwise you would have nothing to say. I have read pansies who are more militant than you and they slap with a limp wrist and a purse.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      The Chinese Army is recruiting, care for a place? You cud be killing Tibetan Bhuddhists, Christians, Muslim Uighurs and Falong Gong in no time! Caution don't say the word gay or u will be put on frontline duty in Burma or Nepal or shot in the back or both.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually, just sayin, they are all useful idiots that believe they received an education by other spiritually dead heads. Your professors will be up front and center with the false preachers in this world.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When ya gonna tell us all about the sign of the beast, HStupid?

      February 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    Opium gives you a feeling of well being too

    February 17, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Abinadi

      Thank-you. I know it sure works for me.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      How has this been proven? Please enlighten me. I'd love to actually hear how prayer has been proven

      February 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • pastmorm

      I'm the best....you have to ignore Atheism...it's on all chat board on here and just repeats the same thing over and over and over. Now frankly, I've prayed that it would go away and that didn't work, so I've proven that prayer doesn't work. LOL!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • just sayin

      God loves you and has made a way for you to talk to him without ceasing. You cannot pray away a call to prayer. Join the prayer changes things team, accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior and be transformed, changed in an instant.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Abinadi

      Prayer works for me on a daily basis. I recently lost a very valuable key. It dropped out of my pocket while I was getting into my car and I drove away. When I realized the key was gone, I frantically drove back. I was on a schedule and so needed to find it quickly. I said a prayer for help and stepped out of my car and looked down and my gaze was immediately directed to they key on the blacktop. The key was dark grey from age and perfectly blended in and if I hadn't looked directly at it, I never would have found it. You can say it is coincidence, but things like that happen every day to me and that is not coincidence. You would say that I am fantastically lucky, but it is not luck. You have never had these experiences so you are speaking out of ignorance.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • think for yourself

      How does talking to yourself change anything? That is all prayer is. Grow up and stop talking to yourself and pretending there is an imaginary friend listening.
      You say atheism isn't healthy for kids, but starving kids to rid them of evil spirits is healthy for kids I guess.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • think for yourself

      Abinadi, ok great prayer works for you. Next time you are really sick or injured, don't get medical attention. Just pray really hard. You have the universal answer in prayer, so you don't need those silly doctors or their fake medicines. Let us know how that works out for you.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • J.W

      I told you all that this person posts this and prays that a whole bunch of people will respond to it.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the judgment of their God.

      Jeremiah 5:4

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      My father is a man of quiet, though sincere faith who spent his entire life healing the injured in the most dangrous places on earth. Though Catholic by faith, he is a knight in the Order of St. John (normally reserved for protestants) in recognition of his lifetime of humanitarian work.
      Even now that he is retired, he continues to humbly volunteer his time and efforts to house, feed and close the homeless during the harsh Canadian winter nights.
      He is also dying of cancer.
      Prayer isn't changing that.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc, if God takes your dad then you need to understand that your father went back to Him who created all and that he no longer will suffer in the earthly flesh. If you argue this truth, then you need to examine your selfish intents of having your father around in a suffering state.

      God Bless your dad.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      I cannot deny that death is the end of pain.
      As for the rest of your post, while I appreciate the sentiment, I do not share it.
      If I were religiously minded, I would be wracking my brain to try and justify God inflicting such suffering on a righteous man – but as it is, I understand that there is no anthropomorphic enti/ty passing out judgement and favours to the Earth bound.
      The bitter fact is that natural laws have no pity and some will endure more suffering than others for no good reason.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ann Ecdotal

      Abinadi,

      Several years ago our house was robbed. Several pieces of (mostly) sentimental value were taken along with some other, more mundane but useful things.

      A few weeks later, the police arrested a guy and found *all* of our stuff (minus one nearly valueless 1 carat zircon, which fooled the cretin). None of us said a single prayer.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ann Ecdotal

      Abinadi,

      Yes, your fortunate experiences are just that - coincidence, luck and effort on your part.

      If your key had fallen out of the sky and landed on some child in Papua New Guinea and he channelled a spirit ancestor to find out your whereabouts and returned it to you (all in the same day) - now, *that* would be weird, but your experience is quite mundane. Sorry.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  16. pastmorm

    WOW! Yet another mormon propaganda article! CNN you're outdoing yourselves! Does anyone really believe these polls? My entire family is mormon (except for myself, thankfully) and they are spread out across the USA. None of them were ever polled for this article of "well being." What the heck is well being? I mean, do you say, "do you feel weel in your being because you're a mormon?" Sheesh. I guess I better convert so that I can feel "well being again. ROFL!

    February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Abinadi

      You are in denial, Pastmorm.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • pastmorm

      Abinadi, wow, aren't you just profound! I'm in denial...right. I guess the fact that there are 7 billion people on this earth, less than 11 million mormons and actually far more (BILLIONS) Hindu and Muslim people would prove that I'm wrong and you're right. LOL!!!!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Mormons do not believe in Christ's divinity the same way X'tians do. to them he is an eternal human soul just like they are and a Son of the divine just as they are. Christians believe Christ is Self-Existent as the Father and the Holy Spirit are. He is equal to the Father and Spirit in Divinity.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  17. Abinadi

    I quote the 23 psalm: "1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

    David was an ordinary shepherd boy who was intimately acquainted with the Lord and put his faith and trust in him only, and not in his own abilities, and achieved great success. Religionis has never tried David's formula for success and so doesn't know what he is talking about. I have tried both and can say that putting our faith in the Lord works consistently where putting our faith in the arm of flesh appears to work for a time, but then fails every time. I have observed nonreligious people achieve some measure of financial success, but but they end up losing something else more valuable, like their family. They end up miserable and unhappy. Faith in Jesus Christ is much more than that. Through faith in Christ I have not only achieved some financial success, but I also have a loving wife of 38 years and a fine family – six fine sons and daughters who bless my name instead of curse me. That is the real measure of success. Success is nothing without happiness!

    February 17, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      Just because you personally have not known others who were religious but who also failed in their financial dealings or with their families, doesn't mean that there is some universal correlation between what you view as a confirmation of reality and reality itself. Don't be misled by your limited views and experiences.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • jimtanker

      David was a character in a fairy tale. IF he even existed at all then the fables that were told about him were exaggerated and blown out of proportion to suit the early church’s goals.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Dave

      It sounds like you have a good life and I'm glad about that. Are you saying that your success comes through your faith? What about all the deeply faithful people who live incredibly difficult lives, suffering greatly?

      February 17, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Abinadi

      Well, the only people I know about are faithful Mormons in my own community and nonbelievers and inactive Mormons. I observe that, generally speaking, the faithful ones, who attend the temple regularly, which is a measure of their faithfulness and true devotion because they have to keep the commandments to possess a temple recommend, seem to do better financially and have happier families with less divorce and drug addiction, etc. Can't say much about Catholics and Born agains. The Jews seem to be doing pretty well, though, from the article.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Joe T.

      Dave, the answer is simple. The people suffering clearly aren't giving enough money to the church. Not a problem in Abinadi's church. Abinadi is a Mormon so no problem there, it's a requirement to give 10%.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Abinadi

      Maybe the people you are talking about are putting their faith in an untrue religion. What else could we conclude?

      February 17, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Abinadi

      Well, Joe, what works, works. Vince Lombardi said that when you find something that works, you do it over and over again.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Abinadi

      Einstein said that true idiocy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe people need to take a hard look at belief systems that are not working for them and try something that does. You can find real answers to life's difficult questions at mormon.org.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • just sayin

      If you get to mormons.org, be warned Mormons are not Christians

      February 17, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      You can find real answers to difficult questions by reading science journals

      February 17, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      @ just sayin
      Christians are people who believe in Christ.
      Mormons believe in Christ.
      Mormons are Christian.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • just sayin

      Mormons do not believe in the True Christ. A lot of people use the phrase Jesus Christ, that does not make them Christians. Mormons are not Christians

      February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • William Demuth

      I'm The Best!

      Muslims believe in Christ

      So now Muslims are Christians?

      Holy Programing Batman, we got us a live one here!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • pastmorm

      Jesus Christ is a myth. Do you know how many "saviors" there have been throughout history in every single existing and extinct culture? These saviors faded away, just as your jesus is beginning to because people believe in the things they can touch and feel. Foolish belief in things unseen is becoming a sign of the mentally ill.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Abinadi

      @justsayin:

      Christian:
      adj. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
      adj. Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
      adj. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.
      adj. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.
      adj. Showing a loving concern for others; humane.
      n. One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
      n. One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.

      You are delusional. You are just stating an opinion that has no basis in fact.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • pastmorm

      Ummm....Abinadi...you just stated: "Einstein said that true idiocy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
      Yet here you are repeating the same christian rhetoric over and over and over and over again and yet your jesus hasn't been around for oh, a couple thousand years (if at all) so are you saying that you're an idiot because you keep believing the same thing and you keep expecting the same result?? LOL!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • J.W

      Muslims believe in Christ but not in his divinity. Only Christians believe Christ is divine. So if Mormons believe Christ is divine then they are Christian.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Abinadi, Einstein not only couldn't remember the number of the street he lived at, he couldn't remember the name of the street.

      Amen.

      February 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Ann Ecdotal

      Abinadi,

      I am a non-believer and a widow, after a 30 year marriage, and am fairly comfortably retired. I have 4 successful, college graduate children who are very close to me and are very good to me. No belief in a god(s) is necessary for this to occur.

      February 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  18. Confirming what we already knew

    Ignorance really is bliss.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  19. ReligionIs4Dolts

    Psychosomatic influence can work in a positive or negative way, so even if there is any truth to the correlation between religious belief and physical well-being, it is merely because of a silly mind trick and could be reproduced by belief in anything positive, whether religious or not. Generic, non-religious meditation can produce these results, for instance. No magic "god" needed.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  20. ReligionIs4Dolts

    Of course any brainwashed religious freak who thinks they have something to hope for will of course report that they are "happier" or "better off" or whatever the poll was asking about. It just goes to show that non-religious are more in touch with the reality of their surroundings.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Ironicus

      Extremists are more willing to lie to support their position.

      They may as well have asked a bunch of idiots for an intelligent answer.

      Oh, wait, they did.

      February 17, 2012 at 10:17 am |
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