Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wellbeing - extended, specific helps from scripture

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read it.

We have just started a new series on discovering exciting research findings from Teleios! Our first evidence, presented over the last several weeks, was that peer-reviewed and Teleios sponsored scientific studies support improved wellbeing with Christianity in both healthy individuals and those suffering with disease! A list of benefits is found on our home page of our website (http://teleiosresearch.com/).

Today let us continue this exciting journey of the benefits of scripture by exploring four specific markers for wellbeing in the medical literature that also are noted in scripture: forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy.1

This journey is important because God has given us His wisdom to life and salvation through the scriptures for which we can depend. Consequently, we have a bright light in our lives for which we can have confidence over and above what is offered from society which scoffs at us. We are right in what we believe.

Importantly, the articles in the medical literature describing these four characteristics of wellbeing do not necessarily mention religion, even while recognizing their importance to health. But this is vital information for believers because these characteristics are actually based in scripture, as part of the benefit of our Christian walk and spiritual fruit from the Spirit. Therefore, the basis of these four characteristics originate is scripture and the medical literature recognizes their importance. In contrast, these concepts are not generally emphasized in Greek, humanistic or atheistic traditions.

Accordingly, we reviewed the effect of forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy in the medical literature and they improve an individual’s wellbeing. These helpful effects:

·       Were found from pre-adolescent years to older adults.

·       Demonstrated as a positive influence among important societal issues including: social relationships, delinquent behavior and physical health.

Although our review focused on the effect of forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy on the individual themselves and not the effect on a recipient, we might speculate that any increase in wellbeing among the evaluated individuals allowed also for a greater sense of personal benefit to others.

The source of the four parameters (forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy) also were evaluated. The results surprised us because only two primary sources were found in the analyzed articles: training and religious faith.

·       Training - We found 3 of the 4 parameters could be taught, at least to some degree, through secular based training. Hope has not been evaluated in a such a manner to our knowledge.

·       Religious faith - A person’s individual faith or their involvement in a community of believers, appeared positively associated with these 4 measures. How the measure was derived was not always clear. Perhaps the parameters could have developed from:

o   The knowledge obtained from the scriptures

o   Through self-learning

o   Sermons

o   Through interactions with church members

o   The Holy Spirit building into us God’s character as we mature through His power based on the Bible

The religion was not typically specified in these reports; however, almost all the studies were performed in predominantly Christian countries. Therefore, we assume that most of the participants were either nominally or seriously practicing Christians.

Our review of the medical literature suggests that forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy may improve general wellbeing, pro-social and positive relational behavior and demonstrate positive health effects. These measures are biblical principles that are built into us when we live a faithful Christian life.

Please join me again next week as we continue to review scientific data that supports our faith and helping us to have confidence in the truth of the Bible.

WC Stewart


1.       Stewart WC, Reynolds KE, Jones LJ, Stewart JA, Nelson LA. The source and impact of specific parameters that enhance well-being in daily life. J Rel Health 2016;55:1326-1335.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A good marriage, God’s provision to enhance your life

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read it.

We just have started a new series on the exciting research findings from Teleios! Our first evidence, presented over the last several weeks, was that peer-reviewed and Teleios sponsored scientific studies support improved wellbeing with Christianity! 

Today let us continue this thrilling journey of the benefits of scripture by exploring what the medical literature states about religion and traditional man/woman based marriage. This a vital topic for our lives.

Remember, most all academic studies evaluating religion are performed in traditionally First World countries which are historically Christian. Although academic authors typically are shy to mention Christianity, the majority of subjects in these studies would have been de facto evangelical or social Christians.

Our review of the medical literature shows an overwhelming benefit of traditional marriage on both general wellbeing and specific parameters that might affect wellbeing, including: physical and mental health, sexual satisfaction, family income, and children’s outcomes. Of the numerous articles we evaluated, only three did not note a marriage benefit.

Further, although not all articles assessed the same subject groups, there is a progressive trend of enhanced wellbeing and its associated parameters, the stronger the relationship commitment; generally manifested by the following:

·       Never married, widowed and divorced individuals show the lowest wellbeing. 

·       Individuals in a committed relationship, even unmarried, have improved wellbeing compared to uncommitted couples.

·       Cohabitating couples demonstrate improved wellbeing compared to those not in a relationship.

·       Cohabitating couples who are committed enjoy greater wellbeing than uncommitted cohabitating relationships.

·       Married couples show the highest wellbeing ratings compared to other commitment levels and singles.

Why would traditional marriage relationships provide the strongest associated wellbeing with levels decreasing with less committed relationships? The answer is not completely clear, but we speculate marriage may:

·       Help with income, reducing costs, household tasks, and raising children.  

·       Provide needed socialization and a potential source of personal enrichment, encouragement and empathy.

·       Allow confidence and trust in a spouse in discussing sensitive issues and reaching personal as well as professional goals.

·       Assist the marriage partner in maintaining good health such as in keeping medical appointments, taking medicines and achieving a healthy lifestyle

·       Facilitate sexual satisfaction by eliminating competing love interests.

·       Build a healthy spiritual relationship by encouraging mutual adherence to the Christian faith and in studying God’s word. One past study indicated that marriage increased the probability for attending religious services. However, a cohabitation alone reduced the probability of attending church.

Our review suggests that traditional marriage generally provides numerous benefits to the relationship partners through enhanced measures of mental and physical wellbeing, and benefits to their children compared to other heterosexual partnership arrangements or single status.

We have a great God who has instituted marriage out of His wisdom and for our good.  It works best in a committed, encouraging relationship which promotes many aspects of wellbeing including our Christian lifestyle, which as we've seen in recent past blogs, has its own positive impact on wellbeing.

Please join us again next week as we continue through exploring Teleios research that can help our daily lives.

WC Stewart


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wow, Practicing Christianity Helps Wellbeing!

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read it.

We are starting a new series on the exciting research findings from Teleios! Our first evidence was that peer-reviewed scientific studies support improved wellbeing with Christianity!  

Today let us continue this journey through the benefits of scripture by exploring scientific findings found at Teleios. Our data are important because they extend the information on Christianity and wellbeing found in the medical literature and might help you with your own life and Christian walk. Please consider the following results from Teleios:

·       General good wellbeing – Both college students and adult Christians note high ratings for wellbeing. However, our data are more specific to evangelicals1 whereas the medical literature would include social Christians as well.

·       Evangelicals – This group has better wellbeing than social Christians2 or Christians Seekers3.

·       Evangelical and saved by grace - College students who self-describe as evangelical, but also saved by grace, profess better wellbeing than evangelicals alone.

·       Evangelical, saved by grace and adherent - Evangelicals who indicate they are saved by grace, and adhere to their Christian faith (i.e., practice the 5 tools to maturity: prayer, praise, fellowship, Bible study and teaching others [Acts 2:42,47]) have even better wellbeing. In one of our college surveys, not a single student who was characterized by being evangelical, saved by grace and adherent, suffered poor wellbeing.

·       Practicing the faith – In separate research, Teleios demonstrated those who practice the Christian faith according to Acts 2:32, 37, as noted above, enjoy better wellbeing than those who do not.

o   Just a little helps - Even the practice of one to two of the measures in Acts provides better wellbeing

o   More is better - Further, the more a person adheres to the five tools to maturity, the better generally is their wellbeing.

o   Looking outward - Those learning and teaching the Bible directly (verse by verse), and those serving in their church or community also possess enhanced wellbeing.

·       Eternal security - Those who are confident in their salvation also note better wellbeing.

So how can we summarize the exciting information we have learned the past two weeks? Christians generally have better wellbeing. Further, those who identify as evangelicals, especially if they also indicate they are saved by grace, confident and their salvation and practice the Christian faith, possess even better wellbeing! Wow, great information for our lives.

We have such a wonderful God who cares and loves us, and has given us such wise literature to help us navigate our time on earth. Join us again next week as we continue to investigate scientifically based findings from Teleios.

1Evangelical Christian = An individual saved by grace having been forgiven their sins through faith in Christ
2Social Christian = An individual who identifies mostly with Christian culture or society while not being overly religious
3Christian Seeker = An individual seeking to know the truth about Christianity

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Encircled by Evil? Encourage the GOOD! Part 2

Thank you for visiting my blog. We are taking a quick break over two weeks from our series exploring the exciting results of Teleios’ research to discuss the intense cultural wars that Christians face.

Last week we described our enemies, the evil forces (defined as one world totalitarians, socialists and atheists) aligned against us. This week let us discuss simple ways that Christians can fight against globalists attacking Christianity and our culture.

Whether we choose to recognize it or not, we are in a huge battle for our culture and for the future of our children. If we do not engage in this struggle, at least at some level, we may doom subsequent generations to living under a tyrannical, anti-Christian regime with its accompanying loss of religious, political and economic freedom.

Therefore, Christians should energetically enter this fight with some part of their lives! With all of us working together, and the help of our almighty God, we can change our culture for good! How can we do this in a practical and doable way? Here are some thoughts.

·       We are right - Realize that you are correct in what you offer society. For too long Christians have cowered in the face of a supposed all accepting, diversity-loving society. They made us feel guilty by defining us as narrow and judgmental.

Now all pretense is off! It is obvious that they were suppressing us by guilt and intimidation while taking control of society to usher in a tyrannical, anti-Christian globalists government.

What we offer in biblical wisdom has been shown by Teleios research, and others, to provide excellent wellbeing and enhanced service to society. In contrast to the hatred, violence, vitriol, and Orwellian control from the globalists; why would we ever think that what we offer to society is not substantially better?

·       Prepare - Learn God's valuable word and to articulate its advantages in your conversations with others. At the very minimum learn the gospel and other key advantages of Christianity. If helpful, use the home page of the Teleios website which presents the gospel in a succinct form and numerous linked infographics and studies as why we are correct (www.teleiosresearch.com).

·       Change the world – Engage on 3 basic levels:

o   Personal - Consider your dear family, friends, and colleagues and with whom you could begin to discuss these serious issues facing our culture and the answer that Christ brings. Encourage and educate others. Share the gospel so God can change people’s hearts. Again, my past blogs offer some help and how to do this (see blogs posted September 14-October 5, 2016 and October 26-November 30, 2016).

o   Institutions - Consider donating to institutions that help support Christianity in our culture such as American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ, https://aclj.org) or Judicial Watch (http://www.judicialwatch.org). It is only by sharing the gospel and changing people's hearts that ultimately our culture will change while we sustain it with political action.

o   Political – Consider engaging in the political process by financial support of elected officials that support freedom of expression and religion as well as a limited role of government in our lives. Write letters to these elected officials!  Express your views and encourage them to stand firm for what is good and right!




President Trump was right when he recently said that after freedom-loving people win elections they often disappear… only to reappear at the next election. This makes sense as we all are busy with work, church and family duties. However, this is the time we need to encourage each other, convince others and press our elected officials to keep moving towards victory. We can change our culture!

Thank you for reading my blog and your own belief in Christ. May God help us live to please Him and pass our religious freedoms successfully to the next generation. Join me again next week as we continue our exciting review of Teleios’ research findings.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Encircled by Evil? Encourage the GOOD! Part 1


Thank you for visiting my blog. I want to take a quick break from our series exploring the exciting results of Teleios’ research to discuss the intense cultural wars that Christians face. This week let us consider the oppressive forces we face.

Christians in the United States have many blessings with which to serve God including: freedom of expression and assembly, a pro-Christian president and administration, safety within our shores, amazing access to electronic knowledge sources and communication, unprecedented financial wealth, wonderful biblical learning tools, and a robust church all of which provide opportunities for wellbeing, fellowship, learning and service. However, as in every past and future generation, Christians face challenges to our community and freedoms.

Our enemies - We are surrounded by a totalitarian, big-government culture which hates us. This should not surprise us because Christ promised the world would hate us (John 15:18-24).  

I struggle to coin a name for these forces, but they have evolved from the historical political left and now manifest strong elements of socialism, one-world totalitarianism, and atheism. For this blog, I will call them “globalists” because I believe the term encompasses the characteristics noted above.

The globalists’ hatred is visibly demonstrated by the current violence, death threats, and verbal abuse against Christians and against a president who supports Christian values, as well as law and order. Indeed, it appears the unified underlying motives driving the evil intentions of the globalists, is their hatred of Christ and biblical principles. Sadly, they generally promote:

·       Eliminating Christian access to the public square

·       Limiting free speech

·       Early sexual exposure

·       Abortion

·       Race-based bigotry

·       Blurring of the genders

·       Men using women's restrooms

·       Destruction of borders to dilute American society and its exceptional benefits

·       Forcing jihadi immigration into America to destroy our culture

·       Jihadi violence against women and homosexuals, and mutilation of young girls

Their goal - Globalists replace individuality and personal freedoms by demanding that each person depends on the government for their job, residence, social benefits, and wellbeing. They fight to replace God, communities and family with an all-powerful government.

Their Methods - In short, ‘Just shut up!’

Christians often mistakenly believe that globalists think like we do, based in the same values, and try to engage in the public square in a mutually respectful way. Nothing could be further from the truth! While Christians generally treat others and their views respectfully, globalists use repressive tactics with an ‘ends justify the means’ ethic to destroy those with whom they disagree.

So what are their specific methods of culturally cleansing Christians?

·       Shame - The classic argument from a humanistic standpoint is that Christians are narrow-minded, unloving, judgmental people in contrast to globalists who are all accepting of all and everything. In reality, however, globalists themselves are very narrow-minded and inflexible in their views, and condemn strongly those who disagree with them.

·       Intimidation – They seek to silence us by threatening violence and verbal abuse.

·       Name calling - Of course, any disagreement with a globalist earns one a title of homophobic, racist, misogynist, anti-science or fascist. They cover their own agenda by calling us exactly what they are themselves.

·       Corruption (anything is fair) - They intend to eliminate our influence in the public square by using voter fraud and by forced integration of migrants to dilute our communities, destroy our liberty, and depress our Christian culture.

Thank you for reading my blog. Quite a challenge, but we have a big God! May we be people of faith! Join me again next week as we discuss what our reaction should be!

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wow, religion (Christianity) actually helps wellbeing!

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read it.

We just started a new series on the exciting research findings from Teleios! Our first topic was discussing the reasons for our passion at Teleios to explore the veracity of scripture. Today let us set off on a journey to discover the actual scientific data about how the Bible helps us. It is amazing!

Our first topic is perhaps the most vital: that Bible-based Christianity generally improves wellbeing. These data come from two main sources.

·       Teleios - We have found through prospective surveys and studies that Christianity helps wellbeing both generally and from specific measures. We will discuss those findings next week.

·       The medical literature – Peer-reviewed scientific studies support improved wellbeing with Christianity! As we began our research at Teleios this was a surprise to us. We found many studies indicating wellbeing was improved by the practice of religion. Importantly, almost all these medical studies were performed in historically Christian countries. This indicates that most all the patients in the studies would have been either social or believing Christians. Many of these studies can be seen in our published reviews and are available on our websites http://teleiosresearch.com/index.php/research-initiatives/publications. Otherwise they can be searched on Pubmed.

So let’s examine the medical literature. The findings are impressive and have shown that wellbeing is improved with religion in:

·       Demographics - All age groups (10 years and older), both genders, and African-American as well as Caucasian races. 

·       Broad wellbeing effect - Specific wellbeing related measures such as: sense of purpose, satisfaction, hope, stronger social relationships, and ability to forgive.

·       Social measures - Vital areas of life such as the family, career, a sense of community and socialization.

·       Physical health – Healthy and patient populations.  Specific diseases include: glaucoma, rheumatoid arthritis, various cancers, chronic pain, fatigue, diabetes, diabetic eye disease, congestive heart failure, and HIV.

Religion has shown very few negative effects on wellbeing. Most commonly these have been related to the limited expression of one's faith to either internal or external religious activities alone or to those who have an adversarial relationship with God. The latter type of person might be one who does not understand grace as a means to salvation, instead working to try to satisfy God.

Indeed, it is striking to see that so many researchers have found, through scientific studies, the benefit of religion on wellbeing in Christian countries. These data are extensive and consistent enough that perhaps no other proof is needed from a scientific standpoint. We have a great God who has benefited us with salvation through Christ by grace, and provided scripture that through the power of the Holy Spirit we can live useful and joyful lives.

Join us again next week as we look at evidence from Teleios’ efforts demonstrate that Christianity can improve wellbeing.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What drives us at Teleios?

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read it.

We are starting a new series today on discovering exciting research findings from Teleios! However, before we begin this vital series I want to review briefly what pushes us at Teleios to explore the veracity of scripture.

My wonderful wife, Jeanette, and I have had the privilege over many years to teach the scriptures to college-age students and young adults. Interestingly, what we observed during these studies motivated us to demonstrate the exciting practical value of scripture. Below, I summarize our observations. I will discuss the research findings supporting many of the statements in subsequent blogs.

Our observations, in general:

·       Christians who are young in their faith almost always say they believe in the truth scripture (yay!).

·       Upon further discussion, they admit need to know more (we all do and therefore, we do the Bible study!).

·       Consequently, they usually base their decision-making upon precepts learned: in church or college groups, social Christian settings, or from their church denomination.

·       Accordingly, they lack confidence in direct knowledge of God's word.

·       They therefore do not test God’s word in their lives resulting in a failure to build confidence in His precepts.

·       Further, they suffer with a nagging doubt, that if they really faced a crisis, their scriptural knowledge could not supply an answer. This challenge often presents in one or two forms: facing an emotional crisis themselves or with a friend; or speaking with a non-believer about the Gospel.

·       Consequently, the temptation exists, because of their insecurities about scripture, to avoid confronting internal or external spiritual conflicts and to simply survive within the social church setting.

·       And of course, there is the minority (16-20%) that want to do what they want to do, regardless of God’s Word!

It is like a security guard at the local shopping mall who might enjoy the comfortable job among the nice orderly shoppers. However, he knows deep inside he should learn how to fight in case a crisis ever occurred at the mall, such as armed robbers. But he doesn’t, knowing that he could run away if a crisis ever came. Consequently, he has no opportunity to ever gain confidence in fighting techniques or his own abilities.

So it is with many Christians in what I call the ‘cycle of failure’ (see below). They enjoy the social Christian setting and so do not learn God's word. Therefore, they really never gain confidence in their biblical knowledge. Accordingly, they never test themselves or obtain a deep confidence in the Bible’s value for daily life.

The figure describes the ‘Cycle of Failure’ of those who do not learn or test God’s word, not building the confidence to act based on its precepts. Consequently, they never knowing its full power.

God has granted us a sure and quality Bible text upon which we can base not only yur great salvation, but guidance for our lives! The Bible tells us to test God’s Word to build confidence (Romans 12:2; Greek word ‘dokimazo’) and utilize its power to live our lives with surety and maturity (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 5:14).

Thanks for reading my blog, Please join us as we explore in the next few weeks the compelling findings from Teleios research that demonstrates the overwhelming power of the Bible to salvation and living a fruitful life.

WC Stewart


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