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"There are more important things for a Christian to do than go on pilgrimage"

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"There are more important things for a Christian to do than go on pilgrimage" First of all, what is a pilgrimage, is it just going to a special place, or is it the state of mind that you go in. I think it is the latter. The Daily Telegraph described a pilgrimage as "a journey of the soul". This sums up what a pilgrimage is meant to be about; to improve your spirit and learn new things about yourself. Most denominations encourage pilgrimage. There are many shrines around the world dedicated to Christianity, and many have their own separate areas for the different denominations. However, most places of pilgrimage have no conditions on what you must be to enter. Walsingham enjoys the presence of many thousand "pilgrims" who are not Christian, who come for the scenes and calming atmosphere. But what is it's importance, many people would say that a Christian should be helping people in their community out, not going on holiday. But I think that it is the after effect of going on a pilgrimage that makes it important. ...read more.

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By helping a Christian in his efforts to help people, a pilgrimage is a good and important thing to have. After the pilgrimage, Christians usually find themselves more active in their community, their faith having been boosted by the pilgrimage. As the previous piece explained, many Christians go on a pilgrimage to calm down. Thus you cannot say that there are more important things for a Christian to do than go on pilgrimage, because going on a pilgrimage, promotes all the other things that a Christian does. However, this question has been asked in one form or another since Jesus' time. In the Bible (Matthew 26:6-13) a woman pours expensive ointments on Jesus' feet. Her actions are questioned, with people saying she could of sold the oil and given the money to charity. In the same way Christians must decide what is more important to them and their community. "While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. ...read more.

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This is true to an extent, Christians should not concentrate on things away from home (unless they're a missionary) if they have bigger problem near them. The destination of the pilgrimage does not matter, all places of pilgrimage have the same effect of rekindling a Christian's faith, or even starting it off. Many Christians say that helping people to go on pilgrimages and helping their faith is the best part of their job. The calming effect of pilgrimages can be seen for long after the time, as the pilgrims' increased faith shows through the community. The benefits of pilgrimage are not just confined to the time that is spent on the pilgrimage but also long after it is over. Also, the effects are not just confined to the individual pilgrim, nor their Christian community, but to their entire community that the Christian works with, including non-Christians. Therefore, pilgrimage is a great experience that should be shared by everybody, but not so much that the other work of a Christian is lessened. Peter Armitage 5L RS Coursework Page 1 DRAFT ...read more.

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