Why are there so many churches?
In a neighboring city there is a population of 9000 and there are 126 churches. Isn't this excessive and a waste of money(for the rents and building costs)? What's the point in having so many.
I am guessing it's because a lot of new churches spring up because there is a dislike towards "organized" religion so they go and start their own churches. I don't know this for a fact but it is a guess.
Some new preachers say they feel "called" to plant a church. In my town there are 900+ churches and there are a lot of new start up churches that meet in local school gymnasiums until they can afford their own building. I am thinking that depending on the demographic there are still many people who need and/or like to have a spiritual aspect to their lives.
I agree, hospitals in their place would make for better use.
Library's, schools, orphanages pretty much anything is a better use of space.
I'm assuming the town has those. Those are all taxpayer funded though, a church is not. I think I get your angle and what you're trying to say, but churches provide much relief you can't find elsewhere.
jr-- and the vast majority provide a lot of false teachings you cant get anywhere else too. there are too many of those little kingdoms everywhere.
These "churches" want to relieve you of the money in your wallet after they preach the traditions of man from the pulpit.
Why does it seem everyone keeps assuming every church is an evil, greedy organization? It can be said of some but not all. What should we do, sit at home and read our Bible alone? Not serve? Not give our time? Not fellowship?
John, I think some of the issue is the buildings. If people chose to meet in conference rooms, fields with tents, or other similar type locations could you imagine how much more money could go to serving the community and helping those in need?
My church initially met in a movie theater but a building was donated by a member (the owner of Sweetwater Sound). We have addiction counseling, orphanage in Mexico, prostitute rescue and free dentistry to Kurds in Iraq. Many are the same and own
That's great but not the norm. On average 4000 churches open in the usa each year. That's 80 per state!! 7000 close each year, and statistically their buildings do not get reused as churches. This equals wasted money.
It's certainly ridiculous. Some criticize churches in general, which is not fair. While I don't agree w/ all the churches popping up, it's not taxpayer dollars. If people want to pay for a new church it's their money to spend as they see fit.
Let us look at it from a different perspective; church is family, meaning that church functions well when it functions like a family unit. Of the population of 9000, I would like to think that there are far more families existing there than compared to a church. If we said, having so many families living in different houses, each paying their own bills and doing what they choose is a sheer waste of resources, then may be we can say that about the church.
However, if we refused to think of the church as an institution that simply depends on its people to support their leaders and projects, we might appreciate the fact that, having different churches is actually more effective in terms of functioning and caring. Several small churches where members are close to one another, know one another and are like family to each other is better than on one monstrosity of a church where only the oldest can find their way and the new feel completely lost.
While I have pondered and criticized the idea of having far too many churches, instead of just a few, I have recently moved from those politics to get to a place where, it must be acceptable to have that many churches. 129 for a population of 9000 sounds extravagant, but for Christian witness, if these Christians find in themselves to cooperate once in a while, it is a good thing, overall.
I could see it being a waste of money if people were not attending. My guess is this isn't the case though. Often new churches are built in order to fit the growing number of members who want to attend. I know the church I attend now has 2 new buildings to accommodate the members who were not only driving a far distance , but also because space was becoming very limited. This is only a guess though considering I dont know anything about those 126 churches. If they are mostly empty every Sunday , then I agree its a waste of money. I'm also guessing though that if that's the case they wont last long. They kind of depend on members to help pay for rent and things to keep the church going.
Because churches have followers. They are not easily swayed and follow their religions closely. It's the reason for life, a status circle, and the answer to the emptiness all we feel. To be honest, the side effects of religion usually have positive benefits on our health and the health of others. Actually, for that population it doesn't sound so bad.
I think most people don't want to be a part of a mega-church anyway. People in general want to be in a close-knit group and feel part of something special and wanted. Also, growth can be a huge factor as well. I've been going to the same church for 2 years now. Last summer there were 450 people on average each Sunday. Last week we had nearly 750- and keep in mind that was still summer vacation. There actually is a need for more churches when you consider growth like this.
Obviously there are many sinners that need those local churches to administer to them. Therefore, many doors are opened for those sinners to gain an audience with Jesus who gave his life so that their sins would be forgiven. The followers of the Lord are administering to those in need.
Mathew 9: 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus May have meant that everyone was a natural conduit to God/you dont need God or Jesus or a church/to gain an audience with God/all you need is your own desire to enrichment/a want to better yourself/to become the one GOD knew you could become
RNMSN, you are correct, I do not need a church. However, some sinners need a physical crutch in order to gain such an audience. They desire a hallowed portal to the enrichment. Without the physical many sinners are lost in the bellows of immoral.
Rnmsn--- you do not need a church but you DO NEED JESUS to get to God.
1 Tim 2:5-7 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
becase no one really knows/no one really has all the aswers /But everyone thinks they do
you do realize that God probably was the ultimate rebel who thought organized religion sucked big di-k?
C'mon folks what world do you guys live in, Hello anybody home? What runs this world?
Money baby, and churches are a tax exempt business, pure and simple. They don't have to show a profit and can pay themselves any salary they so choose.
The best thing about it is they get your money and don't really have to provide any service for it and its all tax free, its a business and one of the oldest scams in the books and people keeping falling for it over and over again.
Why do you suppose the Vatican is the richest corporation in the world? They own the banks, they lend the money, they even own many countries and they just keep getting richer while giving nothing to the poor.
This is certainly the case with some. I think many mega churches are cesspools of greed. However, most actual churches are living week by week, behind with the bills much like ordinary people.
Or the appearance is perpetrated as such so that folks will give more, which church will receive more the glamorous one or the one that has the appearance of need, its a con game with no rules, don't be naive!
Again, I said many churches operate that way, but certainly not all. A church should disclose budget info to members. I've been on staff with several churches, seen bank acct info, etc to know how things run behind the scenes.
Good for you, my point of course is, that the reason for so many churches is that it can be an easy way to create/sustain a way of life without having to offer much in return.
Faith based initiatives do not require a physical return for money given!
Fair enough. Key words there are "can be." However, don't blame someone for being naïve or a sucker because they are actually a part of a church. That kind of sweeping generalization is as bad as saying all Muslims are terrorists.
well ALL MUS SLIMES ARE TERRORISTS. there is no question. and mst other people other thanbond slave Christians will also be when they start to take over-- that or die. anyone truly converted wiil read bible and see the "church" errors & fl
Well, I'm sure somethgblue and I can agree on one thing here...
Not all churches are cons just as not all cops are bad but we live in a society where money rules and when the pickings are easy ethics and morals go down the drain. It is mostly due to education and breakdown of the American family, follow the money
Yes, I can agree with that. While I have cops in my family, I see (just like preachers) the power go to the heads of those who hold it and a steady decline happens over time. Sad but true.
I'm sure we agree on many topics but it is difficult to relay info in short comments, so one generalizes, which can ruffle feathers. I keep an open mind on all subjects but base knowledge on experience in the hopes of creating wisdom.
I know how it works and believe me-I can disagree with someone today and be totally in your corner tomorrow. I suppose that's part of being grown up. No time for grudges here.
Saying that all muslims are slime and terrorists, is like saying all Christians are hypocrites. Its a false statement and, while on the topic of Christianity, a very UN-Christian like thing to say. Judge Not.
wakerra-- it is not un Christian. you need to read what the satanic koran commands of ALL muslims. as a Christian is to follow the bible a muslim is to follow the evil koran. ALL muslims are to kill ALL non muslimes. or they They will be killed.
That is not to say all Muslims follow this belief, and I believe that particular "translation" was corrupted. I have had the opportunity to meet with and speak to Muslim people, they are not slime, nor were they feeling the need to kill me
certainly esp since probably none of them lead people to Christ, but instead are building their own little kingdoms and bring people to them.
the sad truth is that people are more concerned with pushing what they believe than knowing the truth.
Scriptures tell is there is ONLY one true understanding of scripture and we are not to have division and schism because of it. But instead of getting together and finding the TRUTH they prefer to divide the body into many bodies that end up not being a part of the real body because of their refusal to adhere to the scriptural admonition.
the primary reason is because some people want to have pre eminance which the bible says not to do.
I guess the bottom line is some people think more highly of themselves that they ought , which is another un Christian characteristic.
And scripture also says because they have not a love for the truth God has sent them a strong delusion and they now believe they are the only ones with truth and go on to deceive others of like mind
From, WATERSTAR, This question ,Could Be easily,or Rightfully have Said Why are there so Many Building Of All Diffrent size and shape That People Assemble themself to Give Thanks and praise to the one they called their Maker and GOD, But in reality there is only one true Church, each person by themself is the Church, as it is written from the episcle of paul Writing , ye are the TEMPLE OF GOD, And each person Must Keep Their TEMPLE OR CHURCH CLEAN OR HOLY FOR the GOD THEY Serve His HOLY and every Member Of The Church, which include all True Belivers in JESUS CHRIST, Make up THE TRUE TRUE Church Which IS ONE BODY THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH IS THE CHURCH, Because their are so many members and Leaders of So many views and opinions of their own and many not relating to the BIBLE Leaders Of different views Place diffrent Title Name upon a Building and in most cases to express their own views of what they belive to the people they Leed, also people of different Langueges, find it more easier to worship with people that they can easily understand when Praising GOD, as it is WRITTEN ONE LORD ONE FAITH ONE BAPTISM ONE GOD OUER US ALL, MYSTRIES OF MYSTRIES HERE O ISRAEL THE LORD YOUR GOD IS ONE LORD AND BESIDE HIM THERE IS NO OTHER GOD, MYSTRIES OF MYSTRIES in THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN CHAPTER 1 TO 20 IN THE BEGINING WAS THE WORD AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD. and as IT is WRITTEN JESUS OF NAZERETH KING OF THE JEWS, JESUS DIED SO HE COULD PURCHASE, BUY BACK ADAM and PUT ADAM Back to PARADISE IN ADAM ALL DIED BUT WHEN JESUS DIED HE GAVE BACK ADAM BACK HIS LIFE, BUT IN JESUS ALL CAN BE MADE ALIVE,WHEN ANY PERSON ACCEPT JESUS AS THEIR LORD YOU CAN SHED ADAM SIN AND HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, as it is Written I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, who is THE TRUE CHURCH,with many members that make up His BODY. BY WATERSTAR:
This is a good question. I wonder how many people attend each church regularly. Many times churches spring up out of division (people leaving a church and starting their own) It is too bad that people can not get along and come together on the same belief that Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection is the foundation of the Christian church and live together the way Jesus wants us too.
What do you need to build a church? A Bible, someone to preach from it, and enough people to follow you. There is only one Bible (mostly), so, as you asked, why are there so many churches? Don't we all (mostly) read from the same Bible? Does it not read in Ephesians 4:5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism"? Christ organized ONE church on the earth, he taught ONE Gospel, but over the course of time, that gospel became corrupt. It's why the Bible is so contradictory, and why there are so many interpretations, hence, why there are so many churches
When you take the major religions and the many sect offshoots it explains it pretty clearly
You take 100 people and give them all one book and chances are they all will get something different out of it. Then add in leader and follower personalities and the followers will line up behind those leaders closest to their way of thinking. most religions have this in common.
peeples. Blatant truth? There are as many churches in some areas as there are Pizza Parlors and Fast food Places.....because they are all BUSINESSES. It is not at all a stretch, to know that 9 of 10 churches were built/established by someone or a group of someones....who were aware of the BONUSES involved in being a "preacher/pastor".....to the flocks of sheep, in search of a place to belong, pray, study and feel protected against the evils of the world.
Easily supported, tax exempt, community response and respect, Congregation-paid home, salary, car.......position of power & respect.....Not a bad "career choice" peeples...........Some even make it to the Televangelist Level......a.k.a "The Millionaire's Club."...........Still wonder why there are so many churches?
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