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"Worship is more important than helping people in the local community". Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.

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"Worship is more important than helping people in the local community". Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view. There are arguments in favour of both worship and prayer as forms of practising Christianity. Through, for example, lifestyle choices we can help make serious differences to other's lives, thus fulfilling the commandment "love your neighbour as yourself". From a humanitarian point of view, regardless of religion, we know that to help others is a very decent and honourable thing to do. It is important to remember 1 John 2:18, which states - "Little children, let us love, neither in word nor with the tongue, but in deed and truth"; as well as Col 13:17, which states "Whatever you are doing, whether you speak or act, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ...read more.

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Here, Jesus is directly teaching us of the importance of kind and charitable acts, and that these are a form of worship in themselves. All of this is not to say that prayer does not play an important part in the Christian religion. Matthew 6:6 states: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you". Throughout the bible, we find many reasons to pray, and many benefits of doing so. First and foremost, prayer is a commandment. Romans 12:12 tells us to "be faithful in prayer" and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to "Pray continually". In all, the bible contains 667 verses dealing with prayer. ...read more.

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Can that faith save him? Suppose a brother or a sister is in rags with not enough food for the day, and one of you says, 'Good luck to you, keep yourselves warm, and have plenty to eat', but does nothing to supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So with faith; if it does not lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing". At present, I believe, too many people are "Sunday Christians" - believing that an hour a week at Church is enough to keep their faith alive. I believe that this is not right - Christianity is a lifestyle choice, and through subscribing to it's values, we are should be ensuring that the word of Christ is emulated in our daily lives, through prayer and actions. ...read more.

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