"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” - Matthew 18:20 Aren't Christian churches completely unnecessary? Does Jesus not say so in this verse?
A thought - if Jesus is saying that churches aren't needed, then why did he go to the synagogue regularly? A person goes to church to be taught, to worship, to draw strength from the camaraderie of fellow believers, and together as a congregation, a lot of community good can be done. The church I went to before I moved, provided all kinds of ministries to help people - free hair cuts for kids before school started, free backpacks, and ended up have so much money left over that they donated almost $2K to 5 different schools - that is just an example of what they did.
And, I'm definitely all for the 'where 2 or more have gathered in my name", as that can also be a time of teaching, of worship, camaraderie, etc.
I just feel like the spaces could be used for better things, even by churches
What I'm saying is, you can do all that stuff without the specific building, which in many cases, is pretty empty save for Sunday.
I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
Sadly even the presumed existence of God doesn't stop people from committing terrible acts of violence.
More bad lip reading humor. This stuff cracks me up.
Where in the world did you pop back in from?
Omg on the floor lololol
How does a dude dying on a cross save people from sins?
This god knocked up a 12 year old girl, with himself, so he would be born on earth, so he could sacrifice himself to save you from the sin that he originally condemned you with...LMAO
Lol makes sense sign me up
Is killing evil people right?
What defines evil? Killing murderers and rapists is right though
What defines murder and rape as wrong? Unless you're just saying those actions should be punishable by death regardless of our knowledge?
Doom metal is excellent when you wanna chill out to some music.
Stevie Wonder was someone my parents listened to but not ponce as I call him. They were and still are (for the most part) heavy/progressive rock fans.
I've gotten into prog rock recently lol. Rush and Coheed and Cambria primarily
What is your opinion of Lorde (the Australian musician)?
She isn't Australian
Lol I love how you're completely correct, yet got two down votes
No, that is not at all what Jesus was saying.
Then.. enlighten me. And I'm not meaning to say Jesus is saying don't gather in churches, just that I see the best use of resources aimed at gathering without buildings, which, it seems Jesus is saying, is fine.
"Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman" Hillary Clinton What's wrong hillary ? Did you sell your soul to win power ?
Laws don't change religious beliefs? Just wait they are about too.
Law suits to force people go against the religious beliefs are already happening.
The next thing to happen in this wave of love from homosexuals is the government taking the religious tax exemptions away from any church that refuses to marry a homosexual couple.
I can guarantee you that won't happen because the most secular people I know (I'm one of them) would not support that.
Nervous for school play, any advice?
pfff.. man it went well but I was so nervous! Anyhow, thanks for all your advice! I honestly think I didn't act well, but people told me I did, but I think they're just saying that to make me feel better haha
You never know so.... ASSUME ASSUME ASSUME lol
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Have you had an extreme change in perspective of something recently?
I went from Mormon to anti-religion within the last few months. It's quite the change. I've gradually changed political views over the years too....I went from conservative, to libertarian, to moderate, to liberal. I'm still against the two party system, however. I seriously doubt that will ever change.
Damn, you turned into me lol. Congratulations on the swift transition tho. Not even I managed that in a few months
I think if you need a fear of hell to do right, and you cant just do it on your own, you are a weak individual who needs to be scared into doing good because their basic nature is vile.
What is your definition of what a man and/or a woman is/are? (Genders)
Whatever good they were born with . . . . . . .determines this. It is pretty simple. Society makes it confusing!
Alrighty. What of intersex people? Are they neither? Both?
Why don't you ask him.
No prayers I've made have ever been answered. But it doesn't matter to me anymore. No possible god could exist that I would think deserves worship or a lifestyle change from me.
Why? What does it matter? I think there is no God, it doesn't make me have no morals or anything. Why do we need a god? Are we such savages that we have to fear a white bearded man in the sky to keep us from burning, pillaging and raping, to make the world a smoldering pile of ash simply because we won't be judged in the end?
Funnily enough, I now disagree with my own post.
When flying which do you prefer, window or aisle seat?
See that is why I don't fly.
Are you a materialistic type of person?
I unfortunately see benefits to materialism in this world, but I don't like this world and see lack of materialism as ideal
Are there any government departments that don't waste tax payers money?
Hmmmm... *thinks for a millenium*
Do you agree with this statement? Black Lives activist says looting, destroying private property is patriotic
A riot is the language of the unheard-Dr Martin Luther King Jr
IMO, it's a very ignorant, unintellectual language
Pff. duh. Gotta see the lightning actually hit the plane. Much more exciting that way
To theists: would you date/marry an atheist? To atheists: would you date/marry a theist?
I mean it's only a part of me.
I'm artistic, enjoy singing, I like sweets, I'm Canadian. There's many different sections in my chart of pie life. Being an Atheist is just a small one.
I define it as not believing in any gods.
Oh I see. Yep same
Why isn't religion pointless? Humans can teach morals without religion. Humans can have great lives without religion (E.g., Sweden is mostly atheistic). What is the point of religion (especially to theists, but atheists can comment as well)?
I'm not sure if it's inherent, but I at least know it's taught by the people you grow up around.
Well, one inherently seeks survival because one wishes to survive. I think it's related to that. But I could see how feeling that one is cared for isn't inherent
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