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Old 06-12-2011, 14:41   #1
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Do you attend a house of worship?

I attend church on Sundays. I finally understood the full meaning of the Gospel when I was 40 years old and became a Christian. As such, my wife and I have been attending church ever since then, 15 years for me. Having like minded people being a part of my/our life has become very important to us. When our sons girlfriend was killed in an accident, my father died in 2004, my sister was diagnosed with a super rare brain disease that she died from in 2009, my remaining sister was diagnosed with a super rare lung disease that may kill her AND my mother died last December, our church family and friends surrounded us and helped us almost as much as our faith did. Therefore, I firmly believe that corporate worship strengthens us and allows us an avenue to serve others.

So..... Do you attend a house of worship? Just curious what the response will be. Also, how civil this will be!
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Old 06-12-2011, 15:13   #2
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I keep the Sabbath, we usually meet in each others houses. We do travel during Holy Days and attend larger groups.

As the bible says where 2 or more are gathered in my name I am among them.

Church isn't a building, the greek word for church means "called out ones"

So if a couple of like minded believers can get together and study the word of God. That is church.
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Old 06-12-2011, 15:14   #3
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Yes, I attend both to give and to recieve. The Lord expects us to put our shoulder to the wheel and help out where we can. There are certainly a lot of people in this world who are hurting.

I got run over by a car a couple of decades ago and the hospital staff was asking what church I went to because so many people came to see me.
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Old 06-12-2011, 20:09   #5
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Yep, sure do. Went this morning as a matter of fact.
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Once every couple years I get talked into going by family members that do not know I'm atheist. It's depressing because I sit there the whole time wondering if all the people there are crazy, or I am.
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I attend church on Sundays. I finally understood the full meaning of the Gospel when I was 40 years old and became a Christian. As such, my wife and I have been attending church ever since then, 15 years for me. Having like minded people being a part of my/our life has become very important to us. When our sons girlfriend was killed in an accident, my father died in 2004, my sister was diagnosed with a super rare brain disease that she died from in 2009, my remaining sister was diagnosed with a super rare lung disease that may kill her AND my mother died last December, our church family and friends surrounded us and helped us almost as much as our faith did. Therefore, I firmly believe that corporate worship strengthens us and allows us an avenue to serve others.

So..... Do you attend a house of worship? Just curious what the response will be. Also, how civil this will be!
Yes, corporate and private worship are key ingredients to keeping the relationship alive. For us, corporate worship is a two hour turn around. One to get there, one to get back. But, it is the best environment for the kids. There are a plethora of churches to choose from locally. However, what I look for in a church is a good structure for the children and that it is truth seeking, not simply a social event. To that end, as I am sure many of you remember my first major post here, I keep Saturday, the Sabbath.
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That beautiful church will reveal to you that God exists, but it won't tell you His specific plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
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No offense, I don't knock anyone for finding religion, but I don't buy organized religion. I choose to live a good life, be good to people, do the right thing and take no part in anything related to a bible. Everyone has their own right to their own religion, or not. The river gods are where I thank mother nature, not an imaginary diety that watches everything I do.
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I feel uncomfortable in churches. It's a feeling similar to the one you have when you see a cat drinking from the toilet.
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No offense, I don't knock anyone for finding religion, but I don't buy organized religion. I choose to live a good life, be good to people, do the right thing and take no part in anything related to a bible. Everyone has their own right to their own religion, or not. The river gods are where I thank mother nature, not an imaginary diety that watches everything I do.
I hear people who don't want any part of "organized religion" and I get that, but I don't understand your objection to "anything related to a bible". The Bible does contain information that encourages one to live a good life, be good to people and to do the right thing, so it sounds kind of like you actually are taking part of things related to a Bible. Also, if the deity you refer to is imaginary, are not the river gods and mother nature equally imaginary? It appears to me that you are practicing that which you wish to avoid. As for me, the "organized" part of my faith is the church worship time. Outside of that, what I do is more of a "relationship" with my Creatlor than a "religion". I feel like it is more important for me to keep my eye on Him than to be concerned that He is watching me.

Thanks for your input and I really am curious as to your comments, not trying to start anything. Peace!
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No offense, I don't knock anyone for finding religion, but I don't buy organized religion. I choose to live a good life, be good to people, do the right thing and take no part in anything related to a bible. Everyone has their own right to their own religion, or not. The river gods are where I thank mother nature, not an imaginary diety that watches everything I do.
You prefer disorganized religion? What other important area of life would you prefer disorganization to organization?
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I don't know that you could call it a house of worship, but I sometimes attend services at a Unitarian church where atheists are welcome. I enjoy the real-world focus.
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