Religion and Sport and Leisure

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  • Created on: 19-06-13 18:53

Define leisure

Leisure is a concept used to describe activities participated in one's free time, in order to be relaxed or entertained. Examples of leisure activites include: reading, gardening, arts and crafts and sport.

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Define free time

Free time is a period of time when an individual is not working

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Why is leisure important?

  • Try out new activities
  • Time to wind down and relax
  • Stimulates creativeness and inventiveness
  • Can meet new people
  • Prevents boredom
  • Improves a person's perception of life
  • Takes your mind off things
  • Encourages development of new skills and crafts
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves health and well being
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Christian attitudes towards free time

  • 'Music is given to be enjoyed and done well,' Psalm 33:1-3
  • 'It's a part of God's created pattern,' Exodus 20:8-11
  • 'Enjoying life is good,' Eccelsiastes 8:15
  • 'Work can be exhausting. We all need time out,' Mark 6:30-32
  • 'Time must be found to enjoy life,' Luke 12:16-20
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Religious attitudes towards leisure

All religions recognise the need for leisure time as a time for renewing the body, mind and soul.

Leisure time provides believers with the time to practice their faith and develop their spirituality

This time can be spent in worship, prayer and meditation. Jesus often left crowds to speak with God and the Buddha spent much time meditating in search of enlightenment.

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Define creativity

Creativity involves activities which use the imagination and the original thought, often in making things.

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Define inspiration

Inspiration is the stimulation of the mind thats leads a person to do something creative. This involves the stimulation of the mind.

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Define natural ability

Natural ability is an ability that is invented and which is revealed by a quickness to learn and understand a skill.

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Define binge drinking

Binge drinking is where an excessive amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time.

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What problems are there with some activities?

  • Clubbing - Sexual harrassment, violence and binge drinking
  • Gambling - Severe debts, money loss, loss of property and valuables and addiction.
  • Football matches - Violence, swearing and binge drinking
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Religious teachings- Binge drinking


'Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to sin,'


'I undertake to avoid drinks and drugs which will lead to carelessness,'

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Religious teachings - Gambling


'People who want to get rich, fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction,'


'There are 6 evil results of gambling - loss of money, hatred of winner, grief for loser over his losses, his word is unreliable, he is despised by friends and is not fit for a wife,'

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Attitudes towards binge drinking and gambling


  •  Appeals to selfishness and greed
  • Causes struggles for themselves and their families
  • Most people are losers after gambling

 Binge Drinking

  • Causes drunkeness, mistreatment of children, marriage problems and damage to the body.
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Christianity and Gambling - Consequences


'Christians are told to look to God as their provider and that we are to be content with material blessings,'

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Christianity and Gambling - Consequences (2)


  • Gambling is about the suffering of others' pain and losses.
  • Families touched by an addiction are more likely to divorce, commit crimes and declare bankruptcy
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Christianity and Gambling - Consequences (3)


  • Households that earn less than $10,000 spend the most on gambling
  • 'Gambling preys on the desperation of the poor,'
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Christianity and Gambling - Consequences (4)


  • Work has been a part of God's design for mankind from the beginning
  • 'We are to invest our time and energies into labours that supply our needs and those of our families and that allows us to share with others,'
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Christianity and Gambling - Consequences (5)


  • People become easily addicted and can result in the loss of valuable possessions, property and trust.
  • 'People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into foolish, harmful desires that plunge men into ruin,'
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Drugs in Sport


  • PEDs (Performance enhancing drugs) are substances used by those involved in sport to improve their performance, which is illegal and a form of cheating,'

Drug types

  • Stimulants - Accelerate muscle growth and are most commonly used by swimmers, rowers and weightlifters. (Example: Steroids)
  • Sedatives - Increase alertness and reduces tiredness (Examples: Caffeine, Amphetamines)
  • Body mass building - Calm nerves and have been used by archers and football players
  • Increased oxygen delivery - Boost red blood cell growth and movement and have been used by cyclists (Example: Erythropieitin [EPO])
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Religious attitudes toward drugs in sport

The six major religions are against all forms of performance enhancing drugs because they are:

  • Dishonourable
  • Seen as a form of cheating (seeking an unfair advantage)
  • Stealing (some users get money for drugs illegally)
  • Illegal
  • Dangerous
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