Do you think people who go to church for the most part are mean spirited?
If so, why?
Absolutely not. In fact the greatest percentage of religious people are truly the salt of the earth. The kind of people you can count on, the kind of people who will do anything they can to help.
The loud (highly vocal) minority, the 'You must obey and believe as I do' crowd is the problem.
No, it is only the mean-spirited ones who make the rest look bad. The mean ones are usually the most judgmental ones who forget Christ saying, "Judge not lest ye be judged," and "Love others as you love yourself." Satan applauds each time one of these mean ones turns another away from Christ.
No for the most part they are not mean spirited, but people who go to church are people and although I would pray and believe most go for the right reasons, fellowship, worship and growing in the Word of God, many do not. A pastor came into my husband and my business and said we should come to his church to pick up more customers, that it would be good for our business. We never wanted to hear another word he had to say, so even pastors and leaders in the churches don't always go for the right reasons, although they may be good spirited even, what does it profit them?
In my experiences, No, not for the most part.
There, they are also, those with a mean and hurtful spirit, as they are in any group or crowd. They do not
usually remain a part of any long term congregation. When they sense that
people are getting there " number", they move on, as all bullies do.
Most Church going people, no matter what " Church", come for the healing, then the learning, and finally to encourage others to grow in the faith. Some, well versed and well living people, do not attend the Church house meeting at all, because, they too, have been scarred by such mean spirited people.
The basic belief of the Chruch dictates, that we are to accept you, on faith, as you present yourself, before knowing what you really are. Most of the time, this is a great and noble thing, sometimes, there is a bad seed among us.
No, most are laid back, mellow and happy and I believe at peace with themselves.
I think it's too easy to form generalisations either way. Many people will likely say that people going to church are more caring, or considerate, some will say the opposite. The reality is that all sorts of people go to church, just as all sorts of people don't go to church. Attending church doesn't mean you're a good or bad person. How you treat people in everyday life dictates that.
Yes, I believe they are. By and large, those that attend church regularly see themselves as better than those that don't or simply tend to judge/measure everyone by some artificial standard of an exterior posture rather than by the gist of a person: that divine spark that lies within every human being. When those judgmental filters (scales upon the eyes - or the plank in the eye) are let go then only the divine spark is seen and no judgment other than amazement can be seen.
Now, how many church goers see you or me as the divine spark of God? Not one that I know. They see everyone as the sinner or the crucifier of their savior. Or the infidel or even if it is your neighbor in the pew, they still see you as any other than the divine spark of God - forgiven by God.
Definitely NOT SO! They are very friendly, very loving, very caring, very compassionate, and extremely complex people.
No I don't think they are mean spirited as much as I think they are slick and fake.
I don't think people who go to church are mean spirited, but I do think that some (not all) have a tendency to be a little critical or judgmental of others.
And I think it's just our eagerness or over zealousness in wanting to share the gospel with others and our desire to see others put on the path towards righteous living, and that can be misconstrued as mean spirited, or judgmental.
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