A few weeks ago I was talking to my dad about miracles, and after our conversation I decided to do a Google search to see what I could find out about the correlation between faith and recoveries.
And guess what?
A recent study found that people with faith in God and a relationship with Him were 3 times as likely to survive after a liver transplant as those who did not believe in God.
This study was published in a top scientific journal.
Participants filled out a survey prior to the liver transplant evaluating their religious beliefs and their trust in God, and 21 months after the transplant mortality rates were reviewed.
Only 6.6% of the patients ranking high on the seeking-God scale had died, compared with the 20.5% of the patients with lower scores.
Additional studies have had similar conclusions.
Of course, those who evaluate or criticize the study say the difference reflected exists simply because of a positive mindset or a way of coping.
Some may say that religious people tend to live healthier lifestyles, so there is no direct association.
But I've been thinking about miracles and commandments...
and it's interesting to reflect on how often the blessings that come from faith and obedience are natural results, rather than a supernatural result of Divine intervention.
While I certainly believe God's Hand is in our lives and true miracles exist (and I'm witness to some!),
often we are blessed by the natural consequences that exist through keeping the commandments.
But either way...it's clear that faith and obedience are beneficial attributes.