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"There are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimage?" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

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Daniela Sforza 10P A03: "There are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimage?" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view. This question has a lot or arguments for both sides, which will be discussed here. The Christian Church itself is not entirely sure of whether or not pilgrimage should be practised, and different denominations have different views. Pilgrimage can help Christians a great deal. Pilgrims grow closer to God during pilgrimage and pilgrimages can inspire them to spread the word of God when they return from the trip. If there are having doubts over their faith in God, pilgrimages can make them feel close to God, and they can believe in him without doubt again. ...read more.

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There are also many reasons why pilgrimage is not considered a necessary thing for Christians to embark on. Some would argue that Christians' time should be spend helping people, preaching and encouraging other to adopt Christians beliefs. Some Protestants would also say that there is no real evidence of pilgrimage in the Bible, so it is not a Christian idea and should not happen. With the exception perhaps of the Holy Land, sites of pilgrimage are defined sometimes by only one witness who claims to have had a vision or a miracle. These sources cannot always be trusted, which makes some Christians critical of Pilgrimage. Others would argue, however, that the truth of pilgrimage sites is backed up by frequent miracles there. ...read more.

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Not that long ago pilgrimage meant walking thousands of miles to a lonely place to be close to God, and as a symbolic act of devotion to him. Now, a pilgrim can go on a package tour and fly everywhere by place, and the tour can take less than a week so they can do other things. This takes the element of devotion out of pilgrimage slightly. I personally believe that there is nothing wrong with pilgrimage. It is not a major commitment now, and the benefits to be had from pilgrimage are many. However, I also believe that the Holy Land would definitely be the best place to visit on a pilgrimage if it is possible because of its mention in the Bible and because of strong historical evidence that Jesus lived and performed miracles there. ...read more.

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