Influence of Guilt on Wellbeing – Summary

Purpose: To examine the influence of guilt on wellbeing of evangelical Christians especially associated with adherence and knowledge of their faith.  Methods: A prospective survey analysis of a church-based cohort. Subjects were asked questions that appear in Scripture relating to: wellbeing; activities or held Biblical beliefs that help guide the Christian faith; and guilt. Results: There were 319 participants. The best scores for wellbeing were associated with ‘feeling accepted by God’ and knowing that ‘God cares about them’ (P<0.001), but participants generally reported high levels of contentment, peace, joy, purpose, sense of freedom and limited guilt. Between subjects who felt some level of guilt versus those who did not there was a statistical difference in wellbeing questions (P<0.0001) except ‘God cares about me’ (P=0.18).  Conclusion: Christians who adhere to basic activities and beliefs of their faith are likely to demonstrate improved wellbeing and less guilt.