Going to Church - A Necessity or Wasted Activity?

I write this Hub in response to the question on the right:

"How come people don't go to Church?"

It’s true that people don't go to Church and some are drifting away. To have an idea of how people feel about it, I posted this question in Forums 6 months ago: Can we really do without God in our lives? http://hubpages.com/question/21817/can-we-really-do-without-god-in-our-lives

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Here are some of the responses I received:

  • “God NEEDS US... not the other way around.”
  • “For everyone it's a personal choice. Me, I'm doing fine without him.”
  • “For sure! I can do without Her. I need no gods or fairy tales to live my life. I value love, compassion and truth ... that's all I need.”
  • “Who would want to. Life without Him would be an empty life. I have had my time without him and life was miserable.”
  • “The greatest accomplishment of the devil is to make people believe that god does not exsist..... THINK ABOUT IT!”

Interesting Comments and thanks to all who contributed.

Why some people don't go to Church

In my Humble opinion, people don’t go to church for the following reasons:

a) Firstly, some people don’t believe in God. Some don’t even believe He exists. Infact they make a mockery of Christianity.

b) Secondly, some have been through personal traumatic experiences and don’t understand why. Example losing a new born baby days within giving birth. Babies are so innocent. Why should it happen? For some, it's losing their beloved spouse so early in life etc. While some find solace in attending church in such situations, others turn their back and you can’t blame them.

c) Sadly, hearing/reading stories of Catholic priests abusing kids which is dominating the News at the moment. Ministers having affairs, Gay pastors etc. The news caption on Sky News today 3 April 2010 was: “Archbishop of Cantebury says Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of the Child abuse Scandal.” A case of one Bad Egg, spoils the whole basket.

d) Also, some people in church are not loving and not practicing Christianity. They turn a blind eye when others go through a hard time or even start gossiping about them. Example, if someone with Kids is going through a hard time financially, nothings stops another christian from dropping off some shopping/groceries for them or giving them a small amount of money in an envelope instead of just saying “God Bless you my sister, it shall be well – Jesus loves you” and leaving them empty handed.

e) Finally, some are very comfortable in life. They have it all and see no reason whatsoever to go to church, They have about 4 Cars, massive house, holiday homes in other parts of the world, a bank account that makes the Bank Manager smile each time they call and they give a lot to Charity too. If at all such people go to church its usually Christmas or to attend weddings. Some of these people also think church is for poor people.

My personal thoughts...

I don’t like to write religious Hubs as I’ve noticed it’s a touchy area for people on HP. However, the small point I will make in conclusion is that, the world we live in also has dark forces and it’s up to us to take authority. Christianity or Life is not a bed of roses and the enemy (satan) comes to steal and destroy. Example, if you are about to lose something precious. You have to take authority, pray, read the Word/promise of God for that situation and the enemy will have no choice but to loose it’s hold. Somehow, miraculously you will find your way out of problems.

Personally, I think it's good to go to church. It does make a positive difference. How would I have the wisdom to face life's challenges, if I didn't have the required tools? i.e. the knowledge for it. Where do I get the knowledge?  I'll let you answer that question.

Thanks so much for reading.

“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”  Psalm 91.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Lady_E, thanks for such a thoughtful treatment of church going. I am hesitant to read HP conversations regarding religion because they all seem so overzealous!

I personally do not go to church, though I am on a 'spiritual quest,' I suppose I'd say. I think my problem is with the Christ concept, yet I do have a God in my life.

You have shown me that religion can be discussed in a reasonable manner!


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

I think it is neither something that has to be done or a useless endeavor. The people that go get peace of mind and that is of great value. I will never challenge anyone's belief; I have no right to. For myself I will take my own path and respect the path chosen by others.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Lady_E

I am glad for church as a place where I can give and receive the fellowship of those with whom I sahre in the body of Christ. I do realize that being in a church doesn't make me a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes me a cadillac. But you mentioned knowledge and tools and these are necessary as we teach others and learn ourselves how to manuever on the battlefield of humanity. Yes, life is good for me and at times it is like war -either in good or bad I am thankful for the body of Christ and moreso for Christ Himself. In the end He is all I have. This was a good hub thanks for it.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Hi Lady_E,

Thank you for this hub. I believe in miracles and have strong faith in God. Everyone needs a blessing and this is helpful hub to have. Thanks.

:-)


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

Lady_E I also think a common reason people do not go to church is simply due to laziness. It may have nothing to do with their belief or lack of belief in God. They work five days weekly, do errands on Saturdays and so they try to relax on Sundays.

As you stated 'the world we live in also has dark forces and it’s up to us to take authority. Christianity or Life is not a bed of roses and the enemy (satan) comes to steal and destroy.' This hub does help us to stop and think about what is more important to us than we realize. Thank you.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My Dearest Elena...

Within the possible reasons you mentioned for not going to church, you left my type out. I Love humankind, for me, God lives within me and I praise Him every day of my life. When I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are for God in full and happy gratitude, that does not make me a non-believer. I am not lashing at you at all. How could I? If you are such an angel! But I definitely agree with Pete´s opinion: "I will never challenge anyone's belief; I have no right to. For myself I will take my own path and respect the path chosen by others." You know what is sad? People who price themselves as Christians, Catholics, any denomination, even other religions; and will not lift a finger to help or support a fellow human...

It was nice to read this,though... I have thought that I was the only one with that impression!

Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Your brother,

Al


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, You have presented some great points! I think it is important that when we say "The Church" it is recognized as the baptized believers throughout the world! There are many denominations that congregate together for worship and fellowship!

Worship is meant to be so much more than just an activity! "When two are three are gathered together in His name," Or when there are hundreds or thousands Worship can be powerful when on one accord. The presence of the Lord is magnified! Miracles happen and the unsaved come to Jesus Christ!"

The purpose of the Church is to spread the "Gospel of Jesus Christ!" You do not have to be in a building to do this... The early Church met in homes.. The Word tells us that our bodies are the Temple of the Living God!" I too praise God each and everyday!

This article provokes thought! True worshippers "Worship the Lord in Spirit and in TRUTH!"

Thank you for sharing, much love Peace & Blessings!


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it was insightful. I think we all have to remember that church is not just a building but the gathering together of believers. The bible says not to forsake the fellowship of believers. I think its in Hebrews.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Most Catholics go to church because of fear of the wrath of God.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I do believe in God and pray when I feel like and have to but I don't go to church because to me it is too much show and no sincerity. Thank you for a very well written hub about a very sensitive subject.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

A very thought provoking hub. Blessed Easter.


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Great hub, and very brave of you too! I'm very spiritual, but don't believe in going to a man made place in order to find that. For me, I feel much more deeply connected when I'm spending time in nature.


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aka-dj 6 years ago from Australia

I remember when I was first born again, there were two very overwhelming urges I had come alive in me.

1- Start reading my Bible (which lay buried in stuff) &

2- Start attending Church, (at the time all I knew was Catholic)

Both were, and still are as important as each other, though I have moved out of the RCC long ago.

Going to church should never be a push by anyone, but a pull by the Lord,Himself. Blessings :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Happy Easter everyone;

Thanks so much. I was feeling so nervous to read the comments when I opened this Hub today, but it was very interesting to read them.

** Thanks Lorlie for your understanding and encouraging comments. From what you wrote, I'm sure you find comfort in that. Best Wishes. :)

** Hi Pete, I also believe we should respect everyone's chosen path too. We can't dicatate to people how to live their lives. Regards.

** Hello Coffeesnob, I appreciate your comments "being in a church doesn't make me a Christian". Its good what you mentioned about knowledge and tools for the battle field of humanity and I'm glad you have people who are like a Spiritual backbone to you. "Iron sharpeneth Iron." Thanks.

** Thanks Easylearningweb - I believe in Miracles too and if it weren't for my Faith in God, I doubt I'd be alive today. I thought of sharing some, but decided to focus on the Topic of the Hub. I hope your life is filled with more Miracles this year. :)

** Create a page - True, that's another good point. The only thing with this is, I think such people do go, but it's just not consistent because maybe they're tired or the weather is terribly cold.

** Hi Mystique, how could I leave you out? lol - I should have added a point that includes some people who do believe in God and believe He lives within them, but don't necessarily go to Church.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello DeBorrah, I agree with you - The Church is not just a building.

"Worship is meant to be so much more than just an activity! "When two are three are gathered together in His name," Or when there are hundreds or thousands Worship can be powerful when on one accord. The presence of the Lord is magnified! Miracles happen and the unsaved come to Jesus Christ!"

You couldn't have put it in a better way. Best Wishes. :)

** Hi Sky231, It is in Hebrews. Thanks so much for visiting. Regards.

** Hello Opinionduck - "Going to church because of fear of the wrath of God". I honestly don't think God would punish Christians if they missed going to church for one sunday. Obviously, they missed the teaching but incurring the Wrath of God is scary. Thanks for stopping.

** Cheers Hello Hello, good to know and I believe your faith in God, keeps you strong inside. Regards. :)

** Thanks Support Med. Have a Blessed Easter too. I wish I could send you a Big Chocolate Easter Egg.

** That's beautiful Happy Her - Nature makes me reflect spiritually too. I understand you. You noted it was brave of me to write this. When I was reading the comments today, I thought - "What made me write this Hub?". lol. Then I remembered I was looking in Q & A for a Topic that I could write about. I don't regret writing it, but it will be a looooooooooong time before I write another Xtian Hub. lol.

Thanks so much for stopping. :)

** Good Point aka-dj - No one should be pushed to. If we go grudgingly, He see's our heart. Best Wishes.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Lady E I am really glad I read your hub. I was truly expecting it to be the usual Christian bashing that is one of the favorite pastimes of the modern world. I just attended the early service this morning for Easter. I myself am not what one would call a hardcore religious person. However I do believe in God and JC and the tenets that come with it. This instills within me a sense of responsibility and a sense of accountability. How could that be a bad thing ?

Alas being human I do have multiple faults though. People seem to think when you announce yourself as a Christian that you proclaim yourself a perfect human being. The fact for me at least and I am sure many others is that I am flawed and that is why I need Gods help. I also think people turn away from God because they are thinking they need to come to him perfect , and that is a high hurdle to jump. I do not want to get preachy here so I will say this , I consider this a very well thought out hub. And I am glad I read the content before I formed an opinion , as contempt prior to Investigation is part and parcel of the modern world. Also I would like to ask this question. As secularism gains momentum in our world is it not coincidental that this world spins more out of control ?


mikeq107 6 years ago

Hi Lady E,

Great Hub :0)

Here`s my ten cents :0)

8 years ago God (Yes God) led me to leave the organized church as we know it and come away with him into the desert. I asked him for 3 confirmations telling no one. We all know everyone has an opinion :0). I received my confirmations and ventured into the unknown with God.

Boy was I judged and called backslider etc by those who supposedly loved me In Jesus name...It was sad and hard at first but exciting a whole new adventure were I was not in control.

Daring to live on the edge were Jesus lives’ to boldly go where most Christians long to go, but because we have seen too many examples of our Brothers being shot down, we listen to man and not God…Fear of your neighbor is a terrible thing…but a holy healthy fear of your heavenly father is a powerful way to live.

Over the past 20 years I have only met a hand full of people who were thoroughly passionate about God, the vast majority have a knowledge of him or are more concerned about their status before others or telling other Christians how they should live their lives or building their own kingdoms and bringing converts into the same bondage as themselves.

In short I believe God brought me to this country to teach me how to love the lost sheep of his flock and it has been very hard class to take! Many times I have wanted to quit. But as I slowly progress and gain his understanding of unconditional love I gain understanding of how he feels by the churches rejection of his love.

Over the next 8 years I had more fellowship than I had in all the 14 odd years of churches I attended. Truth be told I was bored to death in church, It was like I was dying inside spiritually and my spirit needed to be fed…the more I cried out to God I felt his heart for a people that had chosen to go their own way. Everything looked right but inside no real life existed.

I knew I was not the only one and I know there are 1000`s more God has called out into the desert to be wooed by HIM: 0)

When you look at it biblically all the people who wanted more of God spent long times alone with Him, being broken, engineered, rebuilt. Their ministries destroyed and his plan being restored in their hearts….Moses…David….Joseph…Paul...to name but a few :0)

God continually sent me Angels and Visions along the way to encourage me…the Following is one instance….It happened in the High desert of Central Oregon on one of many motorcycle trips….

It was early in the morning I was heading north bound on Highway 97 about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls Oregon. The sky was clear and the temp was in the 90`s and I was doing one of my favorite things....I had been gone for 3 days riding my! 1985 BMW k100 motorcycle...the worlds rolls Royce of bikes :) I have ridden many bikes before, but in my estimation no other bike comes close...those Germans know what they are doing vvvvvvvvrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I had just had breakfast at a roadside cafe and now relaxed and well fed I opened up the throttle and sped north through the morning air of vast high desert of good old Oregon.....I was feeling truly alive , gloriously present. This is living I thought to myself...I wish my dad could see me know living my dream in the US of A...

As a child growing up in Ireland, I had always dreamt of riding through the desserts of cowboy land ,sleeping under the stars ,now I was riding a wonderful piece of engineering, at last playing in my own westerns!! YAY for me :)

Then a thought came to me...pull over and make a memorial...yes just like that.....Ok God! I will , so I looked for a side road, found one, propped the beamer on the stand , walked down a sandy embankment to a clearing in the high desert pines. (Seven years before I had left Church / organized religion to embarked on a journey of self discovery and had come into a deeper more meaningful relationship with my creator)

So I looked around for some rocks to make a memorial but could only find wood. That will do I thought and so I knelt down and placed my right hand on the sand and with my left plied the small clump of wood on top. Ok! God what to you want me to say.... the words just flowed out....I told God that the old Michael Quinlan with all his hurts and fears was dead , gone ,the new man was alive , ready to live. So I stood up and felt the most tremendous peace envelope me.

While this was going on my cell phone rang, it was my friend Sonya. Mike where you...out are in the desert I said..... When are you coming back...don't know I replied...Hey guess what just happened I said and filled her in ...wow she said , we agreed to meet in a few days for tea and hung up.

I climbed the embankment and feeling like a new man hopped on the beamer and sped north.....wow ...that was great I thought reliving the moment, I felt so free..... then it happened! No I did not crash :0)

... All of a sudden I knew I was not alone and could sense something coming up on the left side of the bike , as I looked the most beautiful vision pulled up and rode alongside of me....It was a golden motorcycle , it looked like a cross between an Indian bike / Harley . Riding it was God , his hair and beard were flowing in the wind and a big grin was on his face..

Before I could get a word out...He said...Is`NT this great... (I always knew he was with me ...but this was so cool...for a kid that always wanted to go riding with his earthly dad ( it had never happened...) this was the ultimate :0) ) Then I had a strong urge to check my right mirror , I saw another bike coming up fast...I recognized the white helmet , the black leathers with red stripes down the arms , the brown bull nose tank of a Kawasaki 750..IT was My DAD..I began to weep uncontrollably (My Dad had died 9yrs ago) he drew up alongside me quickly and Glanced over at me...there was no face in the helmet only his spirit...I felt such unconditional love for him like I had never known before ..The author of many of my troubles in life...I was now loving freely and unshackled from...words can not describe how I truly felt...alive would be an understatement lol..

Through my tears of joy I kept thinking I have to watch the road. That was some moment! All three of us Riding north on highway 97 on the breathtaking ride of our lives...well mine anyway :)

It seemed like it went on forever or that time stood still , then it was over . I wept all the way to the high desert museum just outside of bend ( manag`ing to keep the bike on the road) had a long rest and reflection on the past couple of hours...a lot more happened on that trip....

I have many stories but This is written to those of you That have dared to live on the edge and Follow the desire of the spirit …hang in there, it’s well worth it :0) and those of you feeling Gods pull on your heart GO FOR IT!!!!! Loose all for the sake of finding your none religious true self in Him :0)


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

Lady_E, a deep and thought provoking article. Years ago I stop believing in organized religion. Why, because it is there to control people through fear and politics. No church that I know of follows the bible. They tend to interpret scripture to fit the issue of the day or personal agendas.

My grandparents are from Scotland and Whales. They were the closest thing to a Christian I have ever been around. Not because they attended church, because they didn’t. But, they had a deep spiritual belief and faith which they lived and raised their family by---including me. They were loved and respected in out tiny community.

One day I ask my grandfather, as he tended his beautiful garden, why he never went to church. He paused, leaned on his shovel and looked me straight in the eyes and said, “I don’t need to be in church to talk with God, I can do that wherever I am.”


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Lady_E well presented of a difficult subject but a deeply personal one. Simply I think it is a matter of personal belief and choice. I certainly don't think you have to go to Church to be a good Christian, some people I think use it as an excuse to be unChristian for the rest of the week. Others want to knock the Church because of those that bring it into disrepute - those never question the non churchees for being bad or evil. For me I go to Church because I want to not because I have to. I certainly have had long dry spells of not going. Tolerance is a strength that JC taught us - that will also apply to whether you to Church or not in my opinion. Ia lso believe if you make it special rather than just another habit it gives it more personal meaning. Happy Easter :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Tonycat, hope you enjoyed the Easter Service. Thats an interesting point you raised about people feeling they have to be perfect before coming to God. In response to your question the world will continue to spin out of control - there are so many signs that we are nearing the end time. Thanks so much for stopping.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello Mikeq

First, thanks for taking the time to post your comment. It's a beautiful story and wonderful experience. I enjoyed reading it. Our personal relationship with God is between Him and us and we certainly don't have to please people.

Your comment encourages me to spend personal time in fellowship with Him too. It's situations like this that you hear that still voice. I might have written a Christian Hub but there's still a lot I have to keep up with.

You found the Truth and it set you Free. I wonder if you still have that 1985 BMW k100 motorcycle...

Thanks for sharing this Beautiful story.

Best Wishes. :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Nancy's Niche - Its true we can talk to God anywhere and anytime. It's nice your grand parents had a deep spiritual belief and faith which they lived and raised you by. It will always be in your heart. A pleasure to read from you again. Thanks. :)

** Hello Billy, its nice to know you go to church because you want to and not because you have to. Thanks - very interesting comments. Happy Easter too. :)


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Mamelody 6 years ago

I think today the church is not as it was originally meant to be. Personally I've had bad experiences of church in that I suffered discrimination, racism, segregation and pure hatred by people who called themselves Christians and yet the bible teaches us to love one one another. So I don't go to church anymore because its really a waste of my time and would rather just pray and read my bible at home. Great hub hun xx


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Very controversial and well written hub. I personally don't go to church but I do believe in God and even pray. My mother, on the other hand, goes to church several times a week. It's her thing, it's what she enjoys and and it makes her happy. I love that some people enjoy going to church and live their life according to their beliefs, however, I have a strong dislike for those hypocritical ones that go to church and claim you have to go to church, yet they are committing the most sins. It just makes no sense to me. Fabulous hub! Rated up. :)


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Steve Nelson 6 years ago from Holt, Norfolk in England

Interesting topic...

I used to be a JW of 18 years (I managed to escape 13 years ago...lol) and then went through a 12 year search for 'god and the meaning of life...'.

For the last year or so I have 'seen the light' or come to my scenes more like...

If you think 'god' (whatever that is) has a personal interest in 'you' then take a look up at the nights sky and ask 'in all the billions of stars, planets etc why is this rock I live on special and why am I who live on it'

If religion or church comforts you 'good for you' but more harm has been done by zealots of whatever persuasion (insert any religion here....)in the name of a feckless god.

I have no desire to change anybodies views, (I tried that for 18 years...lol) I just wish the fanatics would leave the 'ungodly' alone but we all know that's not their mission 'all must be saved'...lol

As Marx (thats Karl not Groucho...lol) said:

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people"

Happy easter all...


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Lady_E, you handled this questions very beautiful. You are correct the subject of religion is a very touchy subject on HP, I think your hub was written very gracefully, and with tact. Thank you.


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Professionally written but passionate writing,this is what i termed this hub Lady_E.Should i just talk about myself?Okay listen, i do go to church sometimes but honestly, i feel reluctant almost all the time,in fact i have not gone to church since Jan 2010.Why? My problem is not the congregation but the pastors and preachers,they lie a lot though i do not intend to judge any pastor or any man of God but i am in circle where "beggars are liars".Don't know if you got what i mean but whatever be the case,i am not a church goer but DOER OF THE GOSPEL.

I believe in God the father Almighty

Maker of Heaven and Earth

I believe in the holy spirit

And confess with my mouth

That Jesus is my Lord and SAVIOR.


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Lorneth 6 years ago from Nashville

Lady-E, I enjoyed reading your post. I attend church on a weekly basis for spiritual uplifting. I have many friends who never attend church but I do not think any less of them. We all have different convictions, so it is not my place to condemn anyone.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Mamelody, so sorry to hear you experienced discrimination in church. That hurts. I'm glad you kept your faith and hope you eventually find a nice one to go to - even if it's twice a month. Regards. :)

** Hello, theherbivorehippi - thanks for your kind comments and for sharing your experience. Best Wishes.

** Wow Steve, 18 years is a long time being a JW. Thanks for sharing. At least you'll feel happier in yourself now - having "escaped". Wishing you well.

** Cheers Adrienne, for the positive comments. It's also nice to read other people's opinion on this topic, which is giving me a deeper insight. Thanks for stopping. :)

** Hi Rossimobis - totally understand you. I have spent some time in Africa and I'm very much aware of what goes on. I could even write a Hub about it, but wouldn't dare. It's good you go to church once in while, maybe you need to search for one that is in tune with your Spirit. Take Care.

** Lovely to read from you Lorneth - I love the fact that you do not think any less of your friends, even though they don't attend church. I have Muslim and Hindi friends and respect their religions. I love them for who they are.

Thanks for stopping.


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

Thank you for writing this hub. Fellowship is wonderful.


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taskeinc 6 years ago from Atlanta

Interesting Hub to say the least.


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darrinintheden 6 years ago from Edson, Alberta

I also think it is important that when we go to church we become involved in church, the fellowship is crucial so is being a part of the movement


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1kmjs 6 years ago from Iowa

Good Hub, I feel people dont like to attend church because of the "Big Buisness" feel church has associated with it. People like to have a clean relationship with God and feel that if they are sharing it with others, it takes away the sweetness of it. Plus, deep down, even though completely inlove with the lord...some people dont like to be told what to do. And having to be told that you can only praise your lifelong partner on Sundays, sets them with a sour taste for organised worship. Plus Americans are so lazy. Just keeping it real. I guarantee you though, if church were giving out 50% off coupons on a single item at Walmart they wouldn't be able to close the doors on Sunday. Sad but true.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Thought I would check back in - you really got people thinking Lady E - Bravo!


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

one reason that you did not mention is hunger.when i stopped going to church it was because i no longer felt fed.it was as if all that church as a spiritual journey had to give me was done. that is not to say that god does not have a place in my life but merely that my path is no longer confined to walls.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Elena, thanks for a very well-written and insightful look at what can be a touchy subject. I drift in and out of regular attendance at church, and so I probably am unqualified to voice an opinion. I look for communication with God on a more personal level, but sometimes I feel the need to join with others in seeking God. When I feel this way, of course, I find myself back in church. The priest at my church is very knowledgeable and treats my elderly parents with love and respect and special attention, and for this my interests in church have been rekindled. I do think it is possible to find the right path on a personal level, however.

Thanks for writing with honesty and wisom--as always.

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thats true fits4life and thanks for visiting. Best Wishes. :)

** Thanks taskeinc. Regards.

** Hi Darrinintheden - that's a good point. It's also nice to be used as a vessel. Best wishes.

** Hello 1Kmjs - thanks for sharing your comments. The last sentence made me laugh, but as you noted, sadly it's true. Nice to read from you.

** Cheers Billy, thanks for your support. Have made a note to visit your profile shortly. Regards.

** Hi loveofnight - I hope you eventually find somewhere that can meet that need in your life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Best Wishes.

** Hello Mike, it's nice to read about your experience and thanks for your comments. Lovely to read from you again.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Lady_E. Great hub. The word Church is not a good Literal translation into the English language and that has had its source of much misunderstanding. It's actually "assembly" or groups of people assembling together for the cause and belief in Christ. Such assemblies for the most part took place in homes until they grew in proportion and became what we call Church, which is only the word for the building and has nothing to do with God's idea. Since Jesus said the Kingdom of God is to be in our hearts, so your relationship with God starts and ends here. He could care less whether you go to a building with a specific name on it. He wants your heart first and foremost, then you can assemble yourself with whatever group He DIRECTS you to. Jesus really simplified life for us, "Love God with everything, and love your neighbor as you would yourself." Can't argue with straight forward directions like that... (But unfortunately we do.)Blessings, St.L.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello Saintatlarge, that's very interesting to know. "Assembly" - it helps people understand the word better. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Best Wishes.


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Thank you for tackling a difficult subject. I can understand why. The inner struggle between "am I going because I should go" and "am I going because I want to go" is the never-ending story. I have gone off and on for many years to Catholic mass, and keep religious symbols around the house. It's ironic, since I wind up enjoying the mass, even if a priest may ramble on too long. The beautiful decorations, the quiet, the singing, the handshakes and hand holding, they all give a good feeling, that god is good


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school and church 6 days a week as a child. Now I don't attend at all although I still have some beliefs. My husband's dad was a preacher by trade in a very strict Dutch religion and had 7 kids. They were all pushed so hard in the front door that most of them as adults have gone out the back door my husband included. My theory is don't condemn me for not participating and I won't condemn you for participating. I believe it's to each his own. Because of our experiences with religion we have decided to let our two sons make their own choices when the time is right for them. Maybe that system will work better for them, as we feel our experiences didn't work for us.


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mikenin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Personally, I don't go to church. I find that Christians make me uncomfortable. I would not stereotype, but speak only of my experience. Christians tend to be judgmental of others. Their beliefs often contradict my own. I personally believe that the Church is a financial institution. They take control of people, and utilize their power to control the world (at least North America, and Europe). I do believe that Christianity originated with a lot of good intentions. I think the original message was one of love. Now, I find that through corruption, and greed, the Church is an evil organization. This is just my opinion, and the individual practicing Christianity for the right reasons, is a respectable person. I simply find the organization as a whole very troubling.


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andromida 6 years ago

Thought provoking ideas, but I personally think that at the end it is just the free will-believe in HIM or not. I did little research and got a clue that many even doubts if true Christianity is practiced in churches-i think you are already knowing about it, hope to share with you soon.Nonetheless,its really very very sensitive issue to talk about.thank you Elena.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello Fgual - It's nice that you enjoy going to church. Thanks for stopping. Best wishes.

** Thanks Fishtiger - I understand your theory of "don't condemn me for not participating and I won't condemn you for participating". It's a personal decision. Regards.

** Mikenin, some interesting points you made. "I think the original message was one of love. Now, I find that through corruption, and greed, the Church is an evil organization." It's sad, but not happening everywhere. Nice of you to drop by and share your thoughts.

** Hi Andromida, you are right - it is a free will and a sensitive issue too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it too. Best Wishes.


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Very nice and sensitive hub. People indeed have various reasons for not going to church. I personally do not see any justifiable reason why someone will chose not to go to church. Anyway, Jesus is the way, the truth and he life. Thanks for sharing.


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tweeter 6 years ago from Manila, PH

I agree. If you could do on your own to study the Bible or whatever your faith is based on, then you can keep away from going to Church. But then again, it is said that when two or more people gather together to pray, that is considered a church already.

Thanks Lady_E for this provocative hub and for stopping by my hub page.


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V. Ratri Aryani 6 years ago from Semarang, Indonesia

I think, everybody has their own reasons why they did not go to church, and it is their right. In the past, I will also have my own reasons to church when I'm lazy. But the longing for the church, the longing for the love of God, make me come back to Him. Even today, I always went to church every morning before I leave to work ... although not a earthly riches that I get, but I get peace in my heart ... thank you for sharing this hub Lady E.. I hope everyone will always get a blessing from God.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Philipo - Hope you enjoy service tomorrow and have a restful weekend.

** Thanks so much Tweeter, for your comments. I like your unique name.

** Hi Rastri, thanks for sharing your experience. Its so nice to know it gives you peace in your heart. Regards.


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sgoutsourcing 6 years ago from virginia beach

I find in some instances many don't go to church do to the following:

-wounded or hurt from previous church

-competition amongst saints of God

-the spirit of slumber which arrest the people of God from carrying out the will of God

-procrastination, disbelief or doubt

-Trusting man not God


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi sgoutsourcing, your comments ring deep. Even I have fallen into one or two of those categories you mentioned.

Thanks for stopping. Regards.


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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

Lady_E,excellent hub as always!

I agree with your personal take on the issue. I have been a church goer all my life except for times when a family member was sick or we were traveling. But even then,the church is never far-turning on the TV/internet to catch my favorite preachers has become routine. And our local pastors and church friends visit us when needed. I also love listening to hymns and choruses on CDs or youtube.

Life takes us through so many challenges, that for those who do not go to church, or are atheists,suddenly begin to feel the need to believe in a Higher Being, and then begin the spiritual QUEST.

DeBorrah, I agree with what you share here as well.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much for sharing your experience Purple Perl. Your second paragraph, quite touching. Thanks for stopping. Best wishes. :)


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Thanks for sharing, it is sad, there are people who give church and Christianity a bad name. Someone once said to me, well the problem is the church has people, and no person is perfect; we all make mistakes. Yet there are some who make them more than others, and some who do not learn from others or their mistakes. Great Hub!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi heart4theword - very deep comments and makes me think. That's true, come to think of it, some people might be very newly converted and not gotten rid of negative habits yet.

Interesting comments. Thanks for stopping. :)


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07Angel01 6 years ago from Broomall, PA

Good morning Lady E. I do believe, but I haven't been to church in a long time (except for funerals) I ponder the question after reading your hub "I wonder if the underlying reason I don't go to church is because of the traumatic events I have been through?" After reading your hub, I started thinking this to be true. I really enjoyed reading your hub, it really touched me.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi O7Angel01,

sorry to hear you had such experience. I hope if you go again, things change and you feel safe and peaceful.

Thanks for your comments. Do take care. Whatever the case may be, I still pray Angels bring blessings your way. :)


Heather 6 years ago

I read most of your comments. Some where right on target, others frankly are the "any religion is fine stuff" that makes a christian cringe. I'm not sure why I am reluctant to go to church, but I do know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. That no one gets to The father except by him. It is a commandment of The master of the universe. "remember the sabbath and keep it holy". So if I call myself a follower of the lord Jesus, I must be obedient and go to church. I'm going to pray about it and have faith that Jesus will change my heart.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Heather

Thanks so much for sharing those comments. That's how it should be really but the world has made lots of people lukewarm. May God give us grace to be obedient as per your prayer.

Best Wishes. :)


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Agustine Shadbolt 6 years ago from U.K.

Your Hub made me think careful what to write to you because it is a VERY INTERESTING SUBJECT. Put it this way, forget about the word: ''church'', church is NOT a building or a brick a wall, CHURCH IS "THE PEOPLE" without "THE PEOPLE" there is no church in that building...by going to the CHURCH WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE inside you could share your FAITH, your FEELING, your problem with health, financial,etc.BY PRAYER with THOSE PEOPLE inside THE CHURCH...also the PEOPLE in the CHURCH will PRAY FOR YOU, because THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE and ''HE'' loves you so much Lady E. You could choose any church where you feel confortable with their type of services: with the WORD OF GOD present touch your heart or not, with their music loud or calm with drumer, saxophone or without any of them,or just with piano or organ, their type of PRAYER ...loud prayer or soft gentle prayer. Choose where you feel WELLCOME and ENJOY with everything. My father in law & my husband was diagnosed of prostate cancer 6 years ago my friends from the CHURCH WAS PRAYED for both of them sent ''get well card'' PRAISE THE LORD 'HIS'IS THE HEALER they both now healed no more cancer by SHARED WITH PRAYER WITH THE PEOPLE FROM THE CHURCH. I will pray for you now Lady ''E'' ''Lord Jesus I pray for lady ''E'' please give her ''YOUR'' ubandant blessing to her life, her health, her finacial, her daily needs and everything that trouble her right now give her confort, encouragement and show ''YOUR'' loving care to Lady ''E'' unswer this pray LORD so that Lady ''E'' will experience ''YOUR'' full amazing blessing in her life in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST I PRAY, AMEN. Love in Jesus, MEITY AGUSTINE SHADBOLT


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much Agustine. I was just about to go to bed 00.30 here in UK but my mind kept on reminding me to ensure I read and respond to your comment - which I noticed the last time I logged in. I'm glad I did. Your comments are very deep and I can see a message in it for me.

I'm so happy for you that your hubby is completely healed - Amazing. God is a God of wonders. Thanks so much for the prayer, I really, really appreciate it and say a big AMEN.

I feel like an Angel visited my Hubs today. Warmest Wishes, Elena.


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Is it necessary for one really go to Church or Temple to find God? I don't think so. God should be in our mind and deeds everyday and every moment than just showing off that we are religious on just a Sunday. I have seen people going to churches for reasons like gossiping, meeting friends, showing off new dresses or jewelry etc more than praying to God. One thing I like about the religious places is the peaceful feeling and positive vibes you get no matter how much ever troubled you are. As you said 'One rotten egg can spoil the entire basket'. People visiting religious places for reasons other than worshiping God or Priests who do not follow the word of God themselves can be a reason why many may not go to a Temple or Church.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Anamika - I love your comments and all so true. Some even Twitter in Church...

I like the fact that religious places give peaceful feelings and positive vibes, no matter how troubled one is. Thats how it should be. A place of refuge.

Thanks so much for stopping.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Eafblog - I agree with your comments. We need Him more than ever now because of all the things happening in the world right now. Pakistan, Indonesia, Haiti incidents etc.

Thanks for stopping.


franknhonest 6 years ago

Interesting article. I left church about 7 years ago, and most of the Christian religion a few years later. I left because after 30 years and thousands of sermons later, I still hadn't found God.

It won't do any good quoting scripture to me - it's irrelevant.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Frank - Thanks for sharing your experience. I've never been one for quoting scripture as people seem to hate that but I do know that God is all around. He is where you are now and has been the one who has kept you til this day - in the palm of His hand.

Thanks for stopping.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

What does the bible say about church attendance?

The Bible tells us to meet together as believers and to encourage one another. Hebrews 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

The reason I encourage Christians to find a good church is because the Bible instructs us to be in relationship with other believers. If we are part of Christ's body, we will recognize our need to fit into the body of believers. The church is the place where we come together to encourage one another as members of Christ's body. Together we fulfill an important purpose on the Earth.

As members of the body of Christ, we belong to each other. Romans 12:5 ... so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)

It is actually for our own good that God want us in fellowship with other believers. We need each other to grow up in the faith, to learn to serve, to love one another, and to practice forgiveness. Though we are individuals, we still belong to one another.

When you give up on attending church, what's at stake? Well, to put it in a nutshell: the unity of the body, your own spiritual growth, protection and blessing are all at risk when you're disconnected from the body of Christ.

Christ's body is made of many parts, yet it is still one unified entity. 1 Corinthians 12:12

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 12:14-23

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (NIV)

Unity in the body of Christ does not mean total conformity and uniformity. Although maintaining unity in the body is very important, it is also vital to value the unique qualities that make each of us an individual "part" of the body. Both aspects, unity and individuality, deserve emphasis and appreciation. This makes for a healthy church body, when we remember that Christ is our common denominator. He makes us one. GREAT TOPIC


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much DrPastorCarlotta, for this inspiring, encouraging and enlightening comment. Indeed we are all one body. I hope your comment ministers unto many hearts. God Bless you. :)


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

You ask a great question in a time when the church is undergoing some radical changes. There is a large movement away from what is traditional toward something that is less "corporate" and more personal - less concerned with bricks and mortar and more concerned with experience. I think its an exciting time that is bringing back personal and artistic expression back to the faith. While fellowship with others will always be necessary, the concrete forms are crumbling to reveal new ground - in the long run I think that will create a more perfect expression of church as we know it.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks for your comments Dave - it gives more of an insight. I also agree that fellowship with others is necessry and was admonished too.

Best Wishes.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Well done Lady_E. You put yourself out there with a hub like this one simply because there are as many opinions as there are people it seems.

I grew up in Church, became a Sunday School teacher, the president of the youth group, travelled to other Churches as a special singer, and so on. My entire family are Christians (yes including myself). But even within our family there are as many different opinions as there are siblings. I'm always glad that God is big enough for all of us. And all of our misconceptions and mistakes too.

God's Church is God's People.

God's People are humans

Humans make mistakes, and some of these mistakes give God a bad name. It's unfortunate, but it happens.

When we gather together in Church it should be to Worship, learn His ways, teach each other, and be there for each other when it is needed.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Duchess for this Beautiful Comment. It made me reflect on the Pope's visit to UK last month. He came under so much attack because of the abuse of kids by some Catholic priests. It gave Christians a bad name, but as you noted:

"When we gather together in Church it should be to Worship, learn His ways, teach each other, and be there for each other when it is needed."

I say "Amen" to that.

Thanks so much. Regards, Elena.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

For me going to church is something I need in my life. No no no don't get me wrong I can pray to God any time any where and know that he hears me as I hear Him, know that He is with me as well as within me, but I need at least once a week or more to be associating with others with people, and to be able to feel a sense of family, something I have lost with my parents, brothers and sisters.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks for sharing that Dave.

The social bit is very important and also in down times, the church are like family and give you all the support you need.

Best Wishes.


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aguasilver 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Great hub, took me a long time to find it, but worth finding.

Thanks

John


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers aquasilver - glad you found it.

Best Wishes. :)


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mindmatters 5 years ago from South Africa

Golly, I had to take a taxi to get to the bottom of all the comments. And the driver just had to make a stop at every comment. Anyway, during the long ride I had time to trim my thoughts.

Only a person who has been called by God will have understanding of a personal relationship with Him. Such a person will no longer give thought to the idea of church attendance being a necessity or wasted activity. Finding the right church will be the main concern.

God is a fisher of men, and if you're hooked, you're hooked. Those who have not taken the bait (preaching of the Gospel)are perhaps too busy swimming downstream with the rest of world and brushing aside those little irritations of truth dangling in the water.

Ps. Is this perhaps a record for the number of comments made on one article in hubpages?


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** MindMatters - thanks so much for stopping. I like your sense of humour. On a serious note, you hit the nail on the head. "Only a person who has been called by God will have understanding of a personal relationship with Him."

Best Wishes.


mikeq107 5 years ago

Elena :0)

I wrote this some time back, thought it might shed some light or not, anyway delete if its two much...

8 years ago God (Yes God) led me to leave the organized church as we know it and come away with him into the desert. I asked him for 3 confirmations telling no one. We all know everyone has an opinion :0). I received my confirmations and ventured into the unknown with God.

Boy was I judged and called backslider etc by those who supposedly loved me In Jesus name...It was sad and hard at first but exciting a whole new adventure were I was not in control.

Daring to live on the edge were Jesus lives’ to boldly go where most Christians long to go, but because we have seen too many examples of our Brothers being shot down, we listen to man and not God…Fear of your neighbor is a terrible thing…but a holy healthy fear of your heavenly father is a powerful way to live.

Over the past 20 years I have only met a hand full of people who were thoroughly passionate about God, the vast majority have a knowledge of him or are more concerned about their status before others or telling other Christians how they should live their lives or building their own kingdoms and bringing converts into the same bondage as themselves.

In short I believe God brought me to this country to teach me how to love the lost sheep of his flock and it has been very hard class to take! Many times I have wanted to quit. But as I slowly progress and gain his understanding of unconditional love I gain understanding of how he feels by the churches rejection of his love.

Over the next 8 years I had more fellowship than I had in all the 14 odd years of churches I attended. Truth be told I was bored to death in church, It was like I was dying inside spiritually and my spirit needed to be fed…the more I cried out to God I felt his heart for a people that had chosen to go their own way. Everything looked right but inside no real life existed.

I knew I was not the only one and I know there are 1000`s more God has called out into the desert to be wooed by HIM: 0)

When you look at it biblically all the people who wanted more of God spent long times alone with Him, being broken, engineered, rebuilt. Their ministries destroyed and his plan being restored in their hearts….Moses…David….Joseph…Paul...to name but a few :0)

God continually sent me Angels and Visions along the way to encourage me…the Following is one instance….It happened in the High desert of Central Oregon on one of many motorcycle trips….

It was early in the morning I was heading north bound on Highway 97 about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls Oregon. The sky was clear and the temp was in the 90`s and I was doing one of my favorite things....I had been gone for 3 days riding my! 1985 BMW k100 motorcycle...the worlds rolls Royce of bikes :) I have ridden many bikes before, but in my estimation no other bike comes close...those Germans know what they are doing vvvvvvvvrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I had just had breakfast at a roadside cafe and now relaxed and well fed I opened up the throttle and sped north through the morning air of vast high desert of good old Oregon.....I was feeling truly alive , gloriously present. This is living I thought to myself...I wish my dad could see me know living my dream in the US of A...

As a child growing up in Ireland, I had always dreamt of riding through the desserts of cowboy land ,sleeping under the stars ,now I was riding a wonderful piece of engineering, at last playing in my own westerns!! YAY for me :)

Then a thought came to me...pull over and make a memorial...yes just like that.....Ok God! I will , so I looked for a side road, found one, propped the beamer on the stand , walked down a sandy embankment to a clearing in the high desert pines. (Seven years before I had left Church / organized religion to embarked on a journey of self discovery and had come into a deeper more meaningful relationship with my creator)

So I looked around for some rocks to make a memorial but could only find wood. That will do I thought and so I knelt down and placed my right hand on the sand and with my left plied the small clump of wood on top. Ok! God what to you want me to say.... the words just flowed out....I told God that the old Michael Quinlan with all his hurts and fears was dead , gone ,the new man was alive , ready to live. So I stood up and felt the most tremendous peace envelope me.

While this was going on my cell phone rang, it was my friend Sonya. Mike where you...out are in the desert I said..... When are you coming back...don't know I replied...Hey guess what just happened I said and filled her in ...wow she said , we agreed to meet in a few days for tea and hung up.

I climbed the embankment and feeling like a new man hopped on the beamer and sped north.....wow ...that was great I thought reliving the moment, I felt so free..... then it happened! No I did not crash :0)

... All of a sudden I knew I was not alone and could sense something coming up on the left side of the bike , as I looked the most beautiful vision pulled up and rode alongside of me....It was a golden motorcycle , it looked like a cross between an Indian bike / Harley . Riding it was God , his hair and beard were flowing in the wind and a big grin was on his face..

Before I could get a word out...He said...Is`NT this great... (I always knew he was with me ...but this was so cool...for a kid that always wanted to go riding with his earthly dad ( it had never happened...) this was the ultimate :0) ) Then I had a strong urge to check my right mirror , I saw another bike coming up fast...I recognized the white helmet , the black leathers with red stripes down the arms , the brown bull nose tank of a Kawasaki 750..IT was My DAD..I began to weep uncontrollably (My Dad had died 9yrs ago) he drew up alongside me quickly and Glanced over at me...there was no face in the helmet only his spirit...I felt such unconditional love for him like I had never known before ..The author of many of my troubles in life...I was now loving freely and unshackled from...words can not describe how I truly felt...alive would be an understatement lol..

Through my tears of joy I kept thinking I have to watch the road. That was some moment! All three of us Riding north on highway 97 on the breathtaking ride of our lives...well mine anyway :)

It seemed like it went on forever or that time stood still , then it was over . I wept all the way to the high desert museum just outside of bend ( manag`ing to keep the bike on the road) had a long rest and reflection on the past couple of hours...a lot more happened on that trip....

I have many stories but This is written to those of you That have dared to live on the edge and Follow the desire of the spirit …hang in there, it’s well worth it :0) and those of you feeling Gods pull on your heart GO FOR IT!!!!! Loose all for the sake of finding your none religious true self in Him :O)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much for sharing this Mike.

It truly is inspiring to me and I am so glad you had this amazing experience.

Best Wishes, Elena.


mikeq107 5 years ago

Hi Elena :0)

guess what I just realized I shared this with you ten months ago LOL yes and I still have the 85 beamer..they last forever..which would be a great bike for you to get once you get your Lic..great for touring....Have a great weekend

Mike :0)


ronnie reddy 4 years ago

hi e greetings , most born again christians dont go to church , because some thing in ther hearts tells them , that the place they are going to is a Wolfs church.

but they need to search the scriptures , to find the Curch that Jesus built.

the Lords Church , in spirit is universal as i church as 1 body as kingdom, and locally

in person as . eg. the Church in Jerusalem.

if christians are taught about the Church that Jesus built, the churches in each city will be full and over flowing.

men are suttle , most preachers even on tv have found a way , to use Gods name , to create a finiancial empire for themselves.

most christians are smart people,

money is needed, but its the last requirement.

regards

rr


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Ronnie

Thanks for sharing your comments. It's a pity that many "preachers" use the Church to create a finiancial empire for themselves... If only they could see the full picture. Their actions are keeping many away from living a victorious life and more. There is a lot of benefit from going to Church - A true one.

If you have a website/blog, let me know. I would like to subscribe to it.

Best Wishes.

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