I was raised Catholic, but I have not gone to church in many many years. Does this mean that I have turned my back on God?
My answer is heck no. I believe in God, Mother Mary, Jesus, etc. My argument is with the Church and the priests. I have met a great number of people who had left their church for an assortment of reasons, they all still believe in God. It’s the church leaders they have a problem with. When will they change? When they start doing mass in an empty church?
How do you feel about it?
church was system formed by jesus itself...it is very much part of jesus belief system...abandoning it might come in ur way of jesus...
Where in the NT or OT does it say to go to a church?
Scripture tells us that it is better for us to do our praying in our clauset than to meet down on the corner where everyone sees us doing it.
Just because someone built a building down on the corner doesn't mean that we gotta go there.
It is OK when we go there, Cause, we are just visiting with friends down on the corner .... But the heavy duty praying ... the stuff that counts the most is that "one on one" thing going on in the clauset.
Being in the church does not mean being with God/Christ
Leaving the church does not mean being with Christ/God
There are many Catholics and by extension religion, both within and without church.
The whole point of Christianity is to love Jesus and one doesn't need to go to church to express that. It's reflected in our behaviour.
The church is the religion and the religion is the church, one does not exist without the other.
Folks who claim they have some "relationship" with their gods only have such a relationship because the religion exists and wouldn't without the church.
Folks having issues with church leaders or some other reason does not preclude this. Essentially, what these folks are saying is that they don't actually find their religion satisfying to their personal needs.
And again, that is because religion is all about what people want to believe as opposed to what the god of the religion commands them to believe.
You don't have to go to church to believe in God. Jesus himself didn't create a church or a temple. He simply was spreading the fact to be good to each other and not to have greed in your life. He also stated that 'where 2 or more people gather in my name you are believing in me.' (not an exact quote)
Church is church, and God is God. When the church claims greater importance than God, that is a church to beware of. What is most important is that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The church can enhance that, but the church isn't that:)
Absolutely not. My relationship with God is a personal matter and takes precedence over anything else in my life but yet i am not associated with any religion. I was baptized as Catholic though but i chose not to be a stickler to any religion.My God has other names, Allah,Buddha, Tao, Krishna , Jesus-you get the picture.i draw my life's roadmap from all of these religions .all religions seem to have common denominator though. Love ,peace, compassion and serving others. I feel that i have made improvements along these guidelines. I hope to improve more and i believe i can improve without a particular religion dictating what i need to do along these lines.
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