Study: Nations' attitudes toward heaven and hell affect crime rates for better or worse

Criminals are more likely to commit crimes if they believe in a heaven over a hell, according to a recent PLoS ONE study.

The study had 143,000 participants over the course of 26 years, and the researchers looked for mentions of heaven, hell and God in their surveys, the Daily Mail reports.

The results found nations that emphasized a belief in heaven and eternal forgiveness had more crime, because criminals believe they can get away with it.

Murders, robberies and rapes were more common in these nations.

But nations that emphasized a belief in hell had lower crime rates, because they didn't want to pay for it in the afterlife.

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