SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A recent study by a team at Ohio State University shows that religious people tend to live an average of four years longer than those who are not.
The team reviewed over 1,500 obituary columns, which gives the persons age and religious background, and determined that people who were non-religious tended to have shorter lives.
To some residents Shreveport is known as a city with a church on every corner, so a KSLA News 12 crew caught up with a pastor to get his take on the news.
"I do think religion can help in our lives. I think religion provides a sense of hope for people and it administers to the human spirit," said Pastor Brian Wilson of Galilee Baptist Church.
"What we as a church does is we live that out. We live out our faith in public and as we live out our faith in public, other people will see the benefits of believing in something greater than ourselves."
Wilson says he usually sees stronger faith in the elderly, who he believes are more passionate and fearless when expressing it.
"We need God today but we have so many creature comforts that we can sometimes find our hope in those things other than God when God is everlasting."
"Hope in God as our ancestors and our elderly believe in, that seems to sustain us longer than material things."
He also stressed the importance of raising children comfortable with their faith at an early age.
Galilee Baptist Church has a learning center that stays open during the summer and boot camps for kids to keep them involved in the church.
"We're doing a lot to try and get our young people involved and we also believe that this improves the quality of life and living long."