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You do not need to go to Church to be a Christian." Do you agree?Give Reasons for your answer in order to show that you have thought about different points

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"You do not need to go to Church to be a Christian." Do you agree? Give Reasons for your answer in order to show that you have thought about different points of view. "You do not need to go to Church to be a Christian"- This is a statement that could be strongly agreed with, or on the contrary, strongly disagreed with. Or maybe, if you share the same point of view as me, then you could even have varied views on the argument. In my opinion, I think that going to Church plays an important r´┐Żle in the life of a good Christian. I think that Christians should go to church to honour the Lord in his house as a mark of respect, and also so that they can pray with their community and be taught the words of the Lord by the Bishop or the Rector. However, according to the bible and Christian beliefs, God is everywhere, so why does being a Christian mean you have to go to Church? Belief in God and putting faith into practice are equally important according to the bible, and according to me. Blessed are those who pray in your house (Ps 84:4) ...read more.

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Many people go to church for enjoyment by participating in activities such as reading, serving and singing in the choir! I believe that enjoying the Christian belief is of high significance, as who would want to be part of a religion that they did not enjoy? And the final point I would make to disagree with the statement, is the aspect of coming together for the family meal- the Eucharist- to share the blood and body of Christ as a family. The Sabbath day should be left to God. On the other side of the argument though, there are equally as many points that would support the agreement of this statement. It has been suggested by some, that churches were created not so much for everyone to pray and worship in, but as a symbolic place for people to go to feel safe. It was many years ago a place for the ill to go for help. Therefore, it may just be a place to remind people of Gods love for people- and so according to this point, you do not have to go to Church to be a Christian, as it is "just a reminder of God's love". ...read more.

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Both of these prayers are used every day in the lives of good Christians, and do not require going to Church. And finally, you may not feel the need to go to Church, as you may believe that life can be considered a sacrament and therefore find that the symbols of bread and wine are not necessary. The statement "You do not need to go to Church to be a Christian" has been debated about for centuries, even when Jesus was alive, and it always will be. There are so many different opinions and perspectives that this argument can be looked upon from, and people will always have different interpretations on it, but yes, from looking at the argument from lots of different perspectives, one can be a Christian and not go to church, as, it isn't the building that we worship in that makes us a Christian. A 'church' is not a 'place' or 'building' that you go into; the Christian people ARE the church. However, Christians are instructed in the New Testament to assemble together (Hebrews 10:25). So, again, yes, you can be a Christian and not go to church, but if we are to assemble together to worship Him, what better place to do so? Hannah-Beth Robertson GCSE R.E. Coursework Part 1, Section C Mr. Grant Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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