Do you think that God is found only in places of worship?

@veejay19 (3592)
India
March 15, 2010 2:14am CST
Right from our childhood our parents and teachers have taught us to visit and pray to God in the places of worship like churches, temples, mosques,synagogues and monastries.People go there religiously, pray, listen to sermons given by priests and religious leaders and then return to their daily chores.During the course of life they immediately forget what they heard and start doing all sorts of unwanted, negative and sinful activities.They forget that God resides not just in a place of worship but in each and every created object like Man, animal and plants and also incuding the inanimate objects.People pray and then go and kill innocent men, women and children in the name of religion forgetting that by taking a life they are committing a sin of the highest order.Such people are misguided by priests who tell them that by doing so they will become martyrs and go to Heaven.My friends, what are your thoughts? Please share them.
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@murderistic (2280)
• United States
15 Mar 10
You certainly do not have to be in a nominal place of worship to be with God. The Jesus says in Matthew 18: "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." What makes a place of worship is not the actual place, but the people who are gathered. That is not so say that we cannot be with God alone, but (at least in Christianity) the Church is about God's followers worshipping together in communion. It is not about buildings or alters or statues. In fact, having a religious community can actually keep more people accountable for their sins. Also, I believe that there are many people who trust too heavily on religious leaders without examining the religious texts themselves. Religious leaders are there to teach us and guide us, but that does not mean that their viewpoints are always 100% correct and that we shouln't think for ourselves as well.
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• United States
15 Mar 10
Awesome! murderistic. Yes. Trusting too much in religious leaders gave us the antichrist type characters like Jim Jones and David Koresh. And there are many more to come, including the one and only AntiChrist. Many parishoners blindly follow the leaders and don't read their Bibles. Many times, we should read the Bible and "pray" for better understanding. I've seen too many people use parts of the Bible and take things out of context. For example I've heard someone use a passage in the Bible about people not depending on God and helping themselves. But the passage actually talks about a cripple who was going to get a miracle, fell, and couldn't get up. Nobody would help him up. So Jesus came along, performed the miracle, and told the guy to rise. The Pharisees came after Jesus because He performed a miracle on the Sabbath. Another example is people who say that Blacks are the result of Noah's curse. Although I feel I'm pretty smart with my college degree and math strength, I am "humbled" knowing that there's a lot I don't understand when I read the Bible.
• United States
15 Mar 10
I think that the number of sects and denominations within Christianity alone should tell us that we can't simply take what religious leaders say at face value. I was raised in a Protestant church (United Church of Christ). I was raised to believe in infant baptism and the necessity of war. Well, after many years of reflection of scripture, I have come to realize that the Bible instructs neither of those things, and yet the majority of Christians today are taught those two same viewpoints in Church. Because I know and truley believe that all human beings are made in the image of God, I have so much love in my heart that I'm not sure I would have ever found if I would have just stuck to what I was taught growing up.
@raynejasper (2326)
• Philippines
15 Mar 10
..hi.. I don't think God is only found in places of worship.. god is omnipotent and omnipresent that means God is everywhere.. The Bible proves this.. you can talk to God anywhere at any time.. In my case, I don't need to go to church to pray.. because if God is only found in the church, then we should go to the church morning and afternoon or every time we want to pray which is not very comfortable because for me, I pray every time I woke up and before sleeping so it will be hard for me to travel and go to the church every time I wake up and before I sleep.. One sad thing about people claiming to be Christians is that, they go to church just to show off..they just like to show people that they are faithful Christians or believers of God, but after going out from the church, they have their own wicked agendas.. and this defeats the purpose of the church.. because instead of doing the will of God upon getting out of the church, some people set aside the words of god that they've heard and do things on their own which is not suppose to be..
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@veejay19 (3592)
• India
16 Mar 10
I entirely agree with you.God is not only omnipresent and onmipresent but also lives in each and everyone of us in the form of the soul.If we really realise this then we can never commit any sin or kill another human being.There are sincere people who visit churches, temples, mosques but the majority, as you have rightly said go just to show off and forget everything once they are out.
@efc872 (1078)
• Jamaica
17 Mar 10
Hi raynejasper, I agree with you, you can speak to God anywhere at any time but when I try talking to Him I eventually realize that I am talking to myself. He just don't reply that I can hear Him. Do you have the same problem?
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
15 Mar 10
For me the church is the way to have congregation so that they learn how to continue follow the law of God. It is important to have a house of God. But the prayers is anywhere you go the important is you called him in prayer's.
• Bangladesh
18 Apr 10
Hey friend, It's not true that Allah is only found in places of worship. Those who say this statement are really in dark. They have no idea about Allah. Because Allah is omnipotent and almighty. He can be anywhere he likes. It's a very serious wrong to think about Allah in worship places and forget Him outside. Allah is observing everything whatever we're doing good or bad and no matter however they're done openly or secretly. Allah has created all animals, objects, big and small. They're are some people who have chosen the path of terrorism being misguided by religious fanatics. Allah has forbidden to commit any kind of unfair and inhuman crime, but allowed us to adopt the policy of self-defense. The teachings of Islam is to preach the message of humanity to all, not killing innocent people randomly without any reason. Islam declares, "Benevolence to all, malice to none." Thus we can establish peace on earth. May Allah bless you.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
19 Apr 10
Thank you farid and may Allah or God or Bhagwan bless you too. All are the same, only the names are different. You can call the rose flower by any name, it still smells the same.
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• Bangladesh
20 Apr 10
• India
10 Sep 10
Hello veejay I think in places of worship we see idols, pictures and statutes of gods and goddesses, but they are omni present, exist every where, just call him/her with full devotion and sincerity, you get blessed.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always, cheers. Professor. .
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I actually tend to believe that God is present everywhere and in everything. In fact, our family doesn't make it to church as often as I would like for us to, but I think that my children's relationship with God is just as good if not better than some people's because of the fact that God has such a presence in our family and in our home. So, though there are probably people that disagree with me, but I actually believe that I'm right here.
@noob42 (21)
• India
19 Apr 10
Dude, God is almost everywhere. He is OMNIPRESENT,OMNIPOTENT,OMNISCIENT. We go to Church in order to make fellowship in CHRIST.
@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Apr 10
hi veejay, dont mind, i am an atheist so according to atheism i have no belief on god and i dont think that he lives in some certain places. if there is a god anywhere, then he is must living in a heart of a noble man. it may be you or me or anyone. he never lives in men made galleries. have a nice day.
@shibham (17025)
• India
14 Apr 10
I am an atheist maan. I have no belief on god and thats why i dont think that god lives anywhere. Take care.
@x_revenge (285)
• Greece
2 Apr 10
of course not, praying opens a link between you and God, not the church, any time you need God you shouldn't have to go to the church or whatever, just communicate with Him any way you want
• India
31 Mar 10
The same question I asked myself several times and I finally came to conclusion that God does not abide everywhere. God is not there in the heart of a murderer. God is not there where the sin is. God is only in things that are beautiful, and full of fragrance. Jesus Christ taught Lord's Prayer to his disciples. He said, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." It clearly shows His kingdom is not here, but it is in heaven. His will is not done here but only in heaven. Here on earth only Satan rules supreme. Our intentions in prayers only would change this. Only after God reveals His presence in everything on earth, His kingdom would be here. His will be done here as well as it is done in heaven. Further, God is found only in places of worship, because there people who gather there memorialize Him. In places of worship, they honor Him and praise Him. God could be anywhere where only if two or more people would gather and remember God, and honor Him and praise Him. Why do I say two or more people and not just one? If you try to lift a big block of stone perhaps, you will not be able to. However, if two or more people would try to lift it then they will easily lift it up. We gather in prayer at a place of worship because there they make a concerted effort to raise Him and put Him at a place, which is higher than a place in your heart.
@matsulori (269)
• United States
29 Mar 10
The divine is everywhere. It cannot be confined by man-made constructs.
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
I can feel God in wherever I go, not only in places of worship. Those people that you have said doesn't really know what's the meaning of worship.
@1hopefulman (28534)
• Canada
23 Mar 10
It's nice to see a person who reasons! God is in heaven but He can see all that is going on everywhere. He sees all that we do and can read our hearts so that He knows why we do what we do. He can see when we are hypocritical and when we are misguided. His greatest commandment is that we love one another so killing for any reason is a sin. Thankfully this life is not all there is so that if things don't work out well in this life we have another chance in the next. Better to promote love than hate!
@daliaj (5689)
• India
18 Mar 10
I belive that god is everywhere, but the places of worship are made only to pray. It is a different feeling to go to those places. You will feel comfortable and there is silence. If you to to worship places during the tome of prayer, you have the option to pray with the group. That is a great feeling. It is refreshing and gives you a lot of energy.
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
actually god is every where. god even told according to bible that he will rather appreciate a person who will go inside his room and pray alone to the god he didnt see than go to public places for worship but deep inside his not mentally present. i rather believe those even that they dont go to church or other place of worship but deep within he offer help to those whose in need secretly. thats the true person who believe in god.
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
I my religion, we are told that God is everywhere. Church is not just a concrete structure but the people embodying it. Our priests are not to be blamed for they untiringly remind us how to live according to God's Word. But, we, people are too stubborn in continuously living in sin, always forgetting what we have learned even minutes after we step out of the church. Although there are religious groups who kill in the name of their faith. What we should do is to pray for them that they may be enlightened and depart from their old ways. We should also pray for the priests and religious leaders. We should pray for each and everyone and renounce evil doings. If we could pray and love one another, what a better world it would be.
@aries12 (60)
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
For me I will say that God can be found every where you are,in what time or what place you are, as long as you put your presence in the lord, meditate your self and feel God presence. Priest does not tell those people to pray and go back to their wrong doing is it up to people if they put in work the words of God.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
18 Mar 10
I’ve had several discussions with my husband about this. He was brought up in a strict Catholic family and as a child he was obliged to attend church every Sunday or his father would be disappointed. After we got married although he still had his faith he didn’t always feel like going to Mass and I don’t usually go so he began to feel guilty about not adhering to what his father taught him about church. I explained to him that in my opinion you can pray and talk to God from anywhere and it does not have to be a place of worship and in my view there is no point in attending mass unless you really feel you will get something out of it and that may not be every single Sunday. God is within you wherever you are and that is my belief.
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
he's everywhere, veejay. god, in whatever name or appearance he may be, is supposed to be omnipresent. so, he is everywhere. those places of worship, while called invariably as temples of god, are mean to gather god's flock of believers. that's where they worship together and make their appeals together. some believe that when you make your appeals as a group or community, the results are better, even faster. regarding priest who order killings, even if in the name of martyrdom, that is wrong. because the ten commandments is very clear on this: do not kill!