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There are many different views on this statement so I will discuss as many of them as possible before concluding with my own view on the discussed statement. "You do not have to go to Church to be a Christian".

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There are many different views on this statement so I will discuss as many of them as possible before concluding with my own view on the discussed statement. "You do not have to go to Church to be a Christian", is a very emotive statement and generally people from a low church would agree to this statement which sparks of the discussion. The first issue is that on the "no, you don't have to go to church to be a Christian", side, is that it is your faith that really matters and as long as you believe in God, Jesus, the resurrection and the what it says in the Bible it doesn't matter. On the "yes, you do have to go to church to be a Christian", side, a true Christian shows their faith to God by attending church as well as just believing. The "no" people don't like the sound of this so instead of just sitting around, believing they whip their Bible out and start reading and believing but on the other hand the "yes" people say, "Uh, uh, it's no use just reading the Bible because you won't fully understand it". So the "yes" people say that you need to go to church because the priest interprets the Bible so that it is understood by the worshippers: the Priest would have had five years of training and Priests are necessary so that they can explain the significance of passages because humans are fallible. ...read more.

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The "no" people believe that all this can be achieved without the action of going to church: as long as they believe, it doesn't matter if there are any distractions or objects to focus on, the only thing to focus on is their belief in Christianity. A new point on the "yes" side of the discussion is that going to church prevents heresy of the religion and keeps 'everyone's' beliefs uniform. As reply to the previous point from the opposite side of the discussion is that as long as the worshipper keeps believing in Christianity then there will be no need for heresy and their beliefs will not have to change because they (their beliefs) cannot be changed by anyone as there will be no one to change them. A new point on the "yes" side is that the worshipper (while attending church) is able to listen to the Ministry of the Word - read by the Priest - which will include bible readings especially from the New Testament which makes the comprehension of the Bible a lot more easy than if the worshipper is reading the book by themselves. The Priests sermon will provide inspiration for the worshipper present at church to go and carry out the good deeds of which they has heard of and it will also provide the vital explanation that they need to think upon and to use it to provide others with it (which will be the next point). ...read more.

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They have tried to avoid the issue of 'church' by adding soft chairs and carpets to modern, flimsy and white painted buildings which obliterates any possible atmosphere that is important - if you want to 'worship well' then a certain atmosphere is almost necessary. These soft chairs, unlike wooden pews, make the 'worshipper' lethargic which prevents the total concentration and focussing of the mind on what is 'going on' during the service. The next reason is that if you really want to learn and obey what Christianity has to offer then why not go to church if you can which brings me on finally to a point in my conclusion (it was mentioned earlier on) that is one of the most twistable and "conclusion altering" variables in this entire discussion. It is the answer to the question that asks what happens if a 'worshipper' is not able to go to or reach a church to worship. My answer is the following. If a 'worshipper' is not able to go to or reach a church to worship then they cannot just twist the rule book (the Bible) to suit them self and if they cannot fulfil the required requirements then they can't be a Christian although they may converse with God. They are close to being the definition of a "Christian" but if they are not quite then they cannot be - a miss is as good as a mile. Thomas Robbins M5D: R.S. Coursework Essay: "You do not have to go to Church to be a Christian" Discuss. (section C). 1 ...read more.

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