I have heard many arguments both in favor and against this subject. Many would say, it is a must to be regular in church attendance to earn a good standing before God. Some others say, it is not important whether you attend a church or not, what important is your relationship with God.
So what do you think, Can a Christian be true to God without attending a congregation/church ? Or is it a must that he will be Christian only if he attend one with out fail.?
to perpetuate the illusion that you are holy and a "good christian"
go to church sunday morning and the bar sunday night.
in my experience church is to show off who is more churchy and....rich.
but thats assemblies of god.
religion makes me want to puke. *vomits*
Church = Reaffirmation
In other words, going to church reaffirms the indoctrination.
We go to church, in this life, so we won't have to go to hell in the next life. Simple, huh? At least that's what I was taught. I can't see any other reason to spend time in such dreary settings.
"Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car." I believe that when one can truly find God, going to church is no longer a task to be checked off in order to be in good standing. It's so much deeper than that. When you receive a love letter from someone you admire, nobody has to tell you that you need to read it. You read it, sometimes over and over because you want to, and because you value it's meaning. Going to church for me is very much like that, it gives me an opportunity to have that time with him, and even more so helps feed and inspire my soul!
That's right, you don't have to attend church to hear the word of god. Here is some of gods wisdom straight from the "good book"
Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night
But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)
Kill Followers of Other Religions.
1) If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)
2) Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death. (Deu
Actually Jesus didn't want you to kill women who had sex out of marriage, he wanted you to throw them to crowds of men to be soddomised and then outcast. (at least that is what seemed to happen most of the time to women who did that last time I read through the bible)
I find it really interesting when someone joins this site and then makes a choice of subject matter on which to make their first forum post
What interests me is: That the first post is like your first impression to existing hubbers here.
Why do so many feel the need to use their first impression to stand on a mountain and bleat out loudly about an irrelevant religious issue, instead of using that first post as an opportunity to say "Hello."
One of the most important reasons that we go to church is to practice love toward the brethren in the form of fellowship.
I don't think you're a better Christian or even a good Christian for simply attending church. In my experience, attendance has always been more about fellowship and showing support for your congregation.
It's really easy to attack a literalist interpretation of the Bible. When tearing down any religion, people tend to put up a 5-year-old's understanding of that faith (which, sadly, is what too many have), and then attack THAT. I was raised atheist. Been there, done that. I used to love baiting and attacking Christians, especially the fundamentalist types. I even jerked a Bible from a guy's hand and tossed in a puddle one night, as he tried to 'convert' me. The Bible is full of inconsistencies when studied literally. It's not a book of science, that's for sure. As for the suggestions of bashing your kid's head on a rock, and all the other parts where God behaves like an irrational child, these are obviously not ways on which to base one's behavior.
YES, it contains disturbing passages
YES, it contains logical inconsistencies
YES, it depicts God as punishing and Sadam-Hussein-like at times
YES, it's dead wrong on things when taken literally
But for me, because of certain experiences which are deeply personal and which outweigh mere literal reading,
YES, it is about forgiveness
YES, when approached liberally, it is a source of strength and sustenance
YES, it affirms the beauty of the human soul
YES, it celebrates love and compassion, the answer to so many things
YES, it makes perfect sense to the higher part of me
YES, it is possible that God took the form of a man, and walked the earth, fully man and fully God. (that is a very long, and esoteric discussion...I KNOW it sounds absurd!)
The FEELING I have gotten when, for example, hearing the Divine Liturgy in an Orthodox Church filled with a sort of spirtual longint, THIS affirms it all for me, as do many other things.
I'm not so much interested in the map, as to what the map points to. To me, the Bible is a map. It points to something beyond our rational mind's ability to comprehend. I don't try to convert people, or show disdain for those who are different. I was one of them. I need not denigrate another's faith to affirm my own. I cannot say it's right for another. I can only share how it has changed me. I can say that it's right FOR ME.
My faith is not defendable on logical terms. I know that. I struggle with it, mightely at times. And yet, there is SOMETHING I cannot ignore--and it has to do with LOVE, it has to do with MEANING.
A Hindu Yogi once told me "The ass can take you to the base of the mountain, but you need to leave reason behind to climb the mountain."
That Yogi had a real sense of humour - it usually some assinine ass that tries to get you there, where you would have to be out of your mind to climb the religious heap.
Well as someone who studied the bible thoroughly for years, I do not think it take a 5 year olds view to see it for the pile it is, and if you check out a bit of science the whole of it falls apart no matter how you read it. The bronze aged hate filled tome is almost interchangeable with the quoran, which most christians hate. But most christians I have challenged have never read more than a few lines in the NT, their beliefs came through indoctrination at an early age.
What do you think..... People goes to church because they simply want to be close to God. The church must be a saintified place to have Gods preasence in it. Don't get it confused where there is the good lord the devil is near. So get information for the truth of Gods plans and how he works for you. You may want to ask around or use your imagination and common since and try God by yourself. It is a very very sinsitive subject.
i didn't know its important to go to church or not..well, to me i think v should start our day with the name of God.
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