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891 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by Tazwert

Is faith in God the same thing as faith in the Church?


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16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 3:39:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think so. I'm one of those people who think God can be worshipped in an open field or in your prayers.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 3:39:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
For some people it might be, but generically no, not at all.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 3:54:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, "God" can be defined in many different ways and beliefs...
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 3:57:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
of course not! for me, church and god are mutually exclusive.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 10:27:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
If God is every where why would you need a church to worship him?
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 10:31:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
No way. Any church worth its communion wafers better tell you that your faith belongs in God, not in it.
I think it's important to stress the individual nature of a person's relationship with God, but in Christianity, anyway, believers are called on to be a part of the larger and proverbial "body of Chbrist." We are stronger together than we are apart, both from the perspective that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and from the perspective that the individual becomes stronger than he or she could possibly be without a support network.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 10:35:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
No I don't think so. You can worship God anywhere.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 11:36:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. Theres no rule saying that you can only worship God in the church....anyone can do it anywhere
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 11:50:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Huge difference.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 12:18:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think UL said it best...
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 1:56:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
you can worship God anywhere you want. but you will never learn more about him if you dont go to church.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 2:37:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Even the church doesn't know God. They misinterpret the Bible. Mistranslate it, mis quote it, and preach about things not even there. The Bible is incomplete and has errors because of thigs the churches have added, in order to control people.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 6:03:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Since I am Muslim, I do not equate faith in God with faith in the Church. But by "the Church", I assume you mean established, institutionalized religion. But I also don't equate faith in God with faith in established, institutionalized religions (including Islam). Established, institutionalized religions are "the opiates of the masses". When a religion becomes established and institutionalized, it generally identifies itself with the socio-politico-economic establishment and status quo and thus interprets it Scriptures accordingly. If we look to the Prophets and great religious leaders, we see that the true nature of religion is revolutionary and challenges the injustices and exploitations within society.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 6:05:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's like asking if belief in Democracy is the same as belief in the American presidency.
Short answer, hell no.
Long answer...too lazy to type it out.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/1/05 - 7:27:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Matt Damon...
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/1/05 - 8:21:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
of course not. you can believe in god - or gods - without belonging to a church.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/1/05 - 9:56:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
no because you can believe in whatever you want and still not have to go to church
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/14/05 - 3:16:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Church is built by man and always was, it is therefore flawed. Believing in church is only believing what you were taught. Much of it is lies. Believing in a God is far different.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 2:26:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
...makes no sense...
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 2:28:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/31/2005 10:31:07 AM UncleLaughie wrote:
No way. Any church worth its communion wafers better tell you that your faith belongs in God, not in it. I think it's important to stress the individual nature of a person's relationship with God, but in Christianity, anyway, believers are called on to be a part of the larger and proverbial "body of Chbrist." We are stronger together than we are apart, both from the perspective that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and from the perspective that the individual becomes stronger than he or she could possibly be without a support network.

I agree to the fullest.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 2:29:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/14/2005 3:16:23 PM godsin wrote:
Church is built by man and always was, it is therefore flawed. Believing in church is only believing what you were taught. Much of it is lies. Believing in a God is far different.

agreed to a point, it is Christ that will build His church not tv evangelists and the likes.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/23/05 - 6:22:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Tulip to a point, Christ is dead, babe.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/23/05 - 7:34:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't sound like you actually do agree with tulip then, godsin, based on what I know of her. Jesus' body was crucified, but the Christ is eternal.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 6/24/05 - 10:50:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with UncleLaughie to a point. Christ is not eternal, son.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 6/24/05 - 9:44:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Dad? Jesus' body was crucified. His Spirit lives on with God. If this is just an issue of me being Christian and you not being Christian, let's just leave it at that.

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