Church is wherever two or three gather in his name. Doesn't take a building, or a temple, or even an ordained pastor. Part of the problem with today's world is that there are to many "religions". What happened to being simple brothers and sisters in Christ?
Church for me is about fellowshipping (hanging out) with fellow believers. Sure I have had some bad experiences, but the church I attend now is awesome. My Pastor is cool he is more of a teacher. He's interested in sprirtual growth. I hope that all people believing and non-believing will be blessed to experience that type of setting. Peace and blessings
Just wanna add my 2 cents about Church.
My experience with Church has been a negative one.
I've found that the pastors like to dictate over the people below them.
It's almost as if when you "become a member" (and don't get me started on that) that once you're a "member" you HAVE to change to appease the Church leaders.
Don't think about being yourself, don't think about having a bad day, because "In Church, we don't have bad days. People who believe in Jesus can control themselves. We have to be a light to a dark world, even when we're going through hardships."
WHAT?! What they want is for you to be SUPER HUMAN. I believe God can strengthen a person during trials and what not, but I also believe with all my heart that God would rather you be angry than disconnect yourself from everything.
My point is I think the Church wants to make it's followers in to robots for Christ.
One more thing to think about. Jessica Simpson was rejected from a Christian recording company.
"Why?" you may ask. Well, it's because they thought her breasts were too big. And that isn't something she could help.
And did you all know that Christian record companies model their music after their secular counterparts. It isn't about individuality, it's about copying them so they'll be popular, and an alternative to the junk out there.
It may seem like a good idea, but when you have to have a certain sound for a "Christian" company, it is extremely sad.
Also, have you looked at any one the young, Christian singers? They are ALL attractive. NONE of them are BBW.
Just my 50 cents.
I took a religion class in college and I found out the quickest way to piss off people, other than showing my picture. The class had lots of older ladies, 50+, and we were talking about church. I told them I felt closer to God when up in the mountains or in the desert or by the ocean. Got all the typical responses back. Then I asked if it's true that God is every where and He hears me anywhere I am. They all said yes. So I said I could be sitting in an outhouse taking a dump and talk to God just as good as they could from their wooden pews. LOOK OUT!!!! That was the first time I had a group of women pissed at me at one time for the same reason. I don't believe I have to go to church to be heard. I can name a few jail cells where we had some DEEP talks. I believe in a higher being and that whatever YOU believe in that works for you is the right thing for YOU. A few years ago, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I contacted all my religious friends and asked them to use whatever pull they had with their God. I'm not sure who's did the trick, but he actually beat the cancer and lived about 5 years longer than most people do who have this type. Of my bestest friends, one is Morman and did his mission and all, another is what we call jack-Morman, born and raised in it but doesn't live it, and the other is Catholic through and through. Me, I'm self-centered.
I'm on the same page scoot and toketee! It's not about the building or the symbols, it's all about being close to the almighty. My dad always said the best "church" he attended was on the quarterdeck of a ship on the open sea. I guess I'm kind of the same...somewhere under the sky always makes me feel truly in touch with what is meant to be.