By maria in Christian News · September 24, 2014 ·
Reported by Nigel Boys
According to Byron Johnson, co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, one of the reasons the millennial generation, or people born between 1980 and 2000, suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, is because of their faith or lack thereof.
The study, performed in conjunction with the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, also found that young people who are taught that the Creator is a loving God who forgives them easily are more likely to resist temptation. The results of the study were published in the journal titled Alcohol Treatment Quarterly.
A 2010 Pew Research report seems to agree with the results of the Baylor study because it found that 25% of the millennial generation were not attached to any particular faith.
According to Johnson, when facing hard times in life, those who believe they are connected to a “higher power” may find it easier to avoid the temptation to indulge in chemical substances to relieve that pressure.
One who believes the findings of the private Baptist university study is Ben Hawkins, a man from North Carolina who first got drunk and smoked a joint at the age of 12.
Although Hawkins was a member of two churches, that didn’t stop him going down the path of abusing his body with alcohol and drugs. He adds that the things he was hearing in church about the Judgments of God were so depressing that he sought to find relief elsewhere.
Hawkins was later arrested 10 times for DUI, five of which resulted in convictions, and he progressed from smoking marijuana to the use of cocaine and prescription medications. He adds that it wasn’t until he joined a 12-step recovery program, combined with church attendance, that he finally found the courage to give up his addictions.
Once faith in God was presented to him in a way he could understand, Hawkins found the strength of faith to change his way of life. He adds that if he had known of God’s love and forgiveness earlier in his life, he might never have taken the slippery path that almost led to his destruction.