Do you go to Church?

January 3, 2007 9:36am CST
Myself, no. I stopped years ago after several attempts at various ones. I find a church adds politics to religion and further distracts from one’s own relationship with God. I have found my connection with God as strengthen since I stop attending and I am able to focus on improving myself rather than attempting to improve others more so. Do you attend a church, if so or not, why? !!!!BTW I read and rate each post but may not be able to respond to all. Also don’t leave a yes or no, I will give a “-“ and report you as I ask all to do so when seeing a post like that. Thanks in advance.!!!!
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@JashleyB (1441)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I know what you mean. Our family stopped going a few years ago because every church we go to ends up feeling like a club or something. Know wghat I mean? You should be a member and if you miss a day of church they get upset. If you don't come to every uting tey have they get upset....I have found a better way here at home to stay close to God. :)
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• United States
21 Jul 07
You can always watch the TV sermons and read the Holy books if you wish..no matter..its all good..stay positive and happy..live long and well
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• Philippines
13 Jul 07
I know this is already a very old discussion. Might be older than my internet connection LOL. But I wanna answer so what. Haha. I do not go to church anymore. Its been months ago. Or many more than a year now. I have nothing against God. I still have faith in Him. But I hate it when the church started to promote hypocrisy and was more involved in church politics. I also do not like partiality.
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• United States
21 Jul 07
I go to a Lutheran Church but my wife joined the local catholic church when we got married..St. John the Baptist Catholic Church..but she don't go either and I don't make her go to mine..but she has attended when my parents were alive (respect:)? but she and I used to go to Mass in Tokyo and I went to Mass in her church..but not for a long time i just go to my church but respect her wishes..she is an adult women..that is her business.but i do miss her sometimes at church and the functions.have a nice day..God Bless you..
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 07
I was raised in the Catholic religion and, as a kid, couldn't wait until it wasn't compulsory for me to go to church anymore. I never really believed in what I was taught at Sunday school and I considered it a waste of time. The only positive aspect I could actually see in those teachings was the fact that it added to my general culture, but I would have also liked to discover earlier what other Christian religions, as well as Jewish and Muslim, had to say about it. So you must have guessed it, I do not go to church unless it's to admire a nice piece of architecture or the art that's inside.
• India
4 Jan 07
You appear to be keeping the 'today' but disregarding the 'tomorrow'.
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• Ukraine
3 Jan 07
Please I advice to going to church because, on the last dayGod will not ask if church add politics to religion or not,because every body has to answer for his or her own, so is better you start going to church now before is too late.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
3 Jan 07
God won't ask if you went to church, either. It all hangs on whether you know Jesus or not, not where you go when.
• India
4 Jan 07
Both of you are partly right but mostly wrong. Church going is the precept of the Church. If a Christian wishes to be a true - I repeat - a true Christian, he must abide by the laws of the Church. We Christians believe that Church was instituted by Jesus Christ and the laws of the Church by man. If we believe in the Church, we have to follow the laws as well. Otherwise, what difference will it make by being a Christian and not adhering to rules of the Church ? will
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• Hungary
23 Jul 07
I don't agree vinod. I myself don't go to church (I attended it a few times), because I feel that I learn more, I can spend more closer time with God alone. In the NT when the apostles were dealing with the early churches, I think they founded them because for many people spending time with God along with other beleivers result in them being closer to God, whereas if they were spending time alone with God. So if you get closer to God in the company of others, then go to church, if you get closer to God alone than prefer not to go to church
3 Jan 07
i have never gone to church.i love god, and i believe in god, but at the same time i dont do prayers, i dont do nothing for religion, but at the same time i dont do nothing bad for religion. their are people out there that go to church seven days a week, and then they do something evil like molest a little child. i just hope when you are good in life you go to hell and when you are bad you go to hell, that's what i hope anyway.
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@Katpet (215)
• Kenya
4 Jan 07
If you really love God and beleive in him, pliz don't neglect prayers. They are the determining factor on how close you are to God.
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• Canada
19 Jul 07
just remember that the church are the people not the building,ive been to many different ones,but i know jesus is in my life and thats what matters most
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I couldn't have said it better! The church in respect to the practice of religion, no matter the religion, is too political and now more and more too judgmental, of all things. A person should connect with their Creator any way they see fit. My belief is that your Creator would appreciate the effort more than simply dressing up and congregating with a bunch of drones. I have alone time with my God. ‹(°¿°)›
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@khalid111 (186)
3 Jan 07
i never go to church but i do believe in god i just dont think going to church will make any difference in life
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@missjackie (1328)
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Jan 07
No, I do not go to church, because I don't believe in god or religion. I think it's foolish to believe in god.
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@5berries (120)
• United States
3 Jan 07
You have nothing to add to this discussion if you are athiest so don't post just to get points.
23 Jul 07
yes i go when i have the time to go. these days are full of work for me, at home is waiting my child and the time left is so small. with the dot that had overloaded us is no way to get out even in the weekend
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• United States
21 Jul 07
Yes, I got to Faith Lutheran..but I stopped for awhile..after my parents passed away and a lot of stuff happened and I checked out other churches..like "those Methodist andn those Baptist and the Mormons" but i came back to my home town and went back to the same church i grew up in..sometimes we all have to grow up..Have Faith..all things will come out ok..if you love God.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
20 Jul 07
No I don't attend church on any kind of a regular basis. The last time I went was on Ash Wednesday when I attended a night mass to get ashes. I think I'm religious by nature but I just don't get much out of organized religion. I was raised Catholic and there is still some connection there but it just doesn't include weekly church attendance at this time. I don't think organized religion is a bad thing and sometimes I wish I got more out of it but I just don't seem to.
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@dafnie (382)
• United States
20 Jul 07
Yeah I do go to church but I fully understand what you mean. These days, churches are the not the way there are supposed to be. We have filled the church with so much "opinion" from the people and now we have many churches that God does not visit himself!! Yes, going to church does not make you a Christian, it begins with you and your heart of course. But the Lord does encourage us to fellowship with other Christians... it really helps to grow in the Lord when you are surrounded and aided by those who have the same views as you. But the world has split up in so many different ways, and everyone has begun to make God who they want him to be, that it is difficult to actually attend a church that fits the description of the what the church should be. There are churches that hinder it's congregation from growing spiritually, it's sad, but true and that is why there are many people who do not attend church. When I read about the churches of the olden days, you know, when they first began, the church was powerful and true. The Holy Spirit was so strong in there that even people who were not Christians would feel His presence while just walking outside of the church. No one could even be in the presence of God without even repenting first, or else he would die ya know! But we are so selfish today, taking advantage of what Jesus has done for us, and we come to God like he's one of us, with lack of the respect that he truly deserves and that causes our church to fall.... I think I've said enough. I do go to church, but I must tell you, I am not too comfortable with the amount of sin that the people enter the church with, but all I can do is pray for a better day to come and for us all to endure until the end.
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@marrry (341)
• Romania
4 Jan 07
churchchurch - Manastirea Sucevita Romania
yes i go to church sometimes.
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• Romania
4 Jan 07
No I don't go to church. I went to church only a couple of times in my life. I don't even believe in god. I believe that in life it's more important to be a good person and do good to others than to pray and go to church.
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• Sweden
4 Jan 07
no i dont go to church but i visited some of the historical churches and basalikas in rome...
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• Indonesia
4 Jan 07
I rarely go to church since there were several times i found the Pastors fight for the basic teaching of Bible. but it doesn't make me stop to be Christian. I really enjoy become CHRISTIAN. I meet Jesus and God almost everyday in the Bible. The Words seem alive when i read it. my faith is strenghtened and i believe that Church is about my relationship with the world, with God and people who really love Jesus.
• Japan
4 Jan 07
i dont go to church since i was 10 mainly because i was lazy to attend mass even if its just for an hour. But now im 20+, my reason is because i can still worship and be a good follower of God even if i dont attend a mass. If i want to talk him, i can just pray to him. Even if im walking or waiting in line at fastfood chain im praying. So i guess it doesnt make me a bad Christian at all.
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• India
4 Jan 07
Myself... Yes i do once in a week..at least. Especially sundays. I used to get a very good feeling when standing and praying there. Even though i am not a christian by birth, i like to go to church...we can find a peaceful atmostphere there.I dont think that church adds politics to religion and all. Thatz from my Part!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@sesha1240 (303)
• India
4 Jan 07
no.. i dont.. i just visit on occassions.. like christmas
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