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Are Church Buildings Necessary to Worship God?

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Are Church Buildings Necessary to Worship God? Worship is the, act of God the praise which is due to him as Creator and Saviour. But the question is, is this act possible without religious buildings such as churches or cathedrals? This is an extremely controversial issue, which has been debated about for many years. On the one hand, 'at no point in the Holy Bible does it say, it is necessary for a follower of Christianity to attend a building of worship to show their thanks to God and to praise God.' This type of statement which many believers that do not attend church or do not find it necessary to attend religious buildings tend to use. But on the other hand, those who believe that Christians should attend church or other buildings tend to say statements such as, 'Churches, cathedrals and other buildings are statements, which display, to the public or non-followers, the importance and love that Christians show their faith.' I totally agree with those who feel that religious buildings are not necessary for worship. ...read more.


These plans can allow the readers to complete the Bible in one or three years. Also people just single out prayer to be the most important thing to do in Christianity and often go into a form of meditation and offer thanks and bring requests before the all powerful God. Prayers can range from meditation, which is a silent prayer all the way to praise, which is when one acknowledges God and his greatness. But to this, those that think it is essential to visit church could argue that there are not the facilities required at ones house but they are all at the Church. They can not carry out all of the 7 sacraments at home. Such as baptism or confession. These are good points but this still does not mean that Christians must attend Church. The 7 sacraments are just a small factor in Christianity. There are many more factors, which are much more important in the religion. It is a fair argument that they do not have all of the facilities that a Church has but they can use other objects to pray. ...read more.


By going to Church you are uniting in prayer with many other Christian ages. And all the facilities are in a Church. Also there is an outwards and invisible sign of an inwards and spiritual grace. The one statement, which I find, contains a lot of room for thought is that you need to go to Church to complete the 7 sacraments. Some of these are mass, baptism, and confession. Another statement is that Church buildings are set apart to be spiritual homes of God. But I definitely do not agree with statements like going to Church confirms your faith. Some can be ill and so aren't able to attend services at Church. Also I do not agree with the statement that in Church there is silence and no one can be distracted from praying, but there is just as much silence at home if there is nobody else at the house where one is praying. Overall I think the reasons for not having to attend religious buildings to worship God outweigh the reasons that one must attend Church to worship God. And so my conclusion is that people do not have to attend church to worship God Almighty. ...read more.

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