Yes. I'm a Christian, and I've been searching for a church for years, and I've finally found one 2 weeks ago! So far I'm really loving it! The people are lovely, they have really interesting sermons, and they're not pushy and very open. It's just what I've been looking for!
Not really. I'm an atheist. Sometimes I go for marriages, baptism and stuff like that, but other than special ocasions I don't go to church. But I actually like to visit churchs (the building itself) since I find their decorations very interesting.
Hmm. I'm a Christian. Hell, I'm a devout Christian. I know more about my faith than almost all of the idiots who walk around claiming to be people of faith. I've read the Bible, and I've studied it because I believe my soul depends on it.
I have not regularly been to church in three years, and I couldn't be happier. I've yet to find a church that teaches Christianity the way it should be taught, and that drives me absolutely insane. The modern church blathers on and on about holiness and righteousness and never bothers practicing anything it preaches. The modern church is a building filled with hatred and close-mindedness towards any who do not perform the weekly journey to its doors. The modern church is in the business of profit, not serving the world as Jesus did. I want absolutely no part of these dens of lies.
I share nothing but the same name of faith with those false preachers and bigots. They can go to their big, expensive, pretty-looking buildings, and I'll be content to actually read, research, and understand the true meaning of my faith through the Bible, the book 99% of people who share my faith haven't read or bothered to understand without a man at a pulpit telling them what it means.
I got back from church a while ago. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a ward in Arizona.
I always feel.... kind of weird, when I join a conversation about religion on the internet. Church is very important to me. I've always always lived in a community of loving people who serve each other and all those around them. And actually I'm still a pretty selfish person---service is a hard lesson, but I do want to learn it better. It does feel good to do good things for other people. I think I feel it most around Christmas time, when my family goes caroling....
But it always feels weird on the internet to me because.... I just see all these people, so many people who just "Nope! No religion for me, thanks." With a smiley face. Or others who somehow have these horror stories and bad feelings about the churches they've been to, or people who are mean, or fake, or just----
It just feels weird. I've always grown up and lived inside ---- something that just feels like Arms of Love all around. I mean, of course I've met the occasional punk at church, especially when I was in the younger Sunday school classes or the youth groups----I dunno; when you're a kid there's always a mean kid somewhere, you know? And raging hormones don't help I'm sure. But getting older.... you kind of just grow past that.... Heck there's a guy that used to annoy me in my teenage years and now he's my bishop! But I know he's doing his best. That's all anybody can do. That's what we all do in our different callings.
It just feels weird to me whenever I'm on the internet to see people who just.... have never been able to experience that kind of community, and don't really care to give it a chance. Oh they're polite as anything, sure, and they're wonderful people, and they respect my choices. But just.... that the experiences they've had in their lives, I guess, just keep them away from it. From church. And I always feel very foreign around them, because it's the world I've grown up in, but.... it doesn't often seem like anybody else has even heard of it. It's like I'm from another planet. And it's a very palpable feeling.
To be honest, I can get quite uncomfortable at church too, just because I don't like being around crowds, and I have some ADD and OCD issues, but.... having taken account of the patterns I see in myself, I know that it helps me. It uplifts me and gives me great strength.
This warm, loving bubble I seem to be living in.... I don't know. Feels like a charmed life. And I wish everybody could feel it. Could just give it enough of a chance to feel that Yes, there is love and goodness in the world.
But one of God's greatest gifts to us is our own agency. Our own ability to choose and make our own paths in this life. And I want to respect the agency of others.
And even if it feels like we're from different planets.... it feels good to see that, the overwhelming majority of the time, they respect my agency too, and we can still be friends.
A little late, as I already went to church today, but I'll also go next week. The church I go to is pretty small, and our greatest ministry is our food bank, because we live near a pretty poor community.
I used to attend a few (buddies from a youth group and I would go "church hopping" on Sundays, when one church service would end, we'd walk down the street to the church that was just about to start it's service and so on. A few things happened that made me no longer feel at-home in the church going community, so I've stopped, though I'm still quite certainly a Christian
When I was little, my parents took me to church every sunday. Even when we were on vacation, we went to church SOMEWHERE. I was such a dedicated little learner, believing everything that anyone ever told me in my church teachings. As I grew up, I started to think independently from the teachings, and more out-of-church activities (like horse shows) happened on Sunday mornings, so I went less and less. Now, I even work full time so I work every day including Sundays.
I go to a Christian Reformed church in BC. Despite the name, it is just a Christian denomination, not something that radically split away. I must say, only 99 other people who are going to church (at time of post)? Well, people are entitled to believe in whatever they want.
Ich wurde als Kind immer gezwungen mit in die Kirche zu gehen und ich habe es damals gehasst und immer einen Weg gesucht darum herum zu kommen. Auch an Gott wirklich geglaubt hab ich nie und würde mich eher als Agnostiker bezeichnen.
Ich wurde christlich erzogen und ich denke das ist im Nachhinein auch nicht falsch gewesen...allerdings bin ich nur noch auf dem Papier Christ. [Und gegen eine Erziehung bei der man nicht gezwungen wird in die Kirche zu gehen, hätte ich auch nichts gehabt.] Und das auch nur noch so lange, bis ich Steuern zahlen muss. :'D Halbherzige Angelegenheit... ich war bisher nur zu Faul mich abzumelden. [Nebenbei bemerkt ist es eine Frechheit dass man dafür auch noch zahlen muss....] Ich weiß nicht, was ich glaube. Ich wäre gerne Atheist, aber ich bin eher Agnostiker. Dazu kommt noch, dass ich den Gedanken an die Wiedergeburt sehr schön finde. Nicht körperlich, das ist klar, aber... ich denke der Geist des Menschen ist etwas, was nicht einfach ... stirbt. Zumindest fände ich es schön, wenn es denn so wäre. Aber nun ja, wir werden es niemals wissen. Und ich habe nicht vor mich irgendeiner anderen Religion anzuschließen. Es ist schön, wenn andere Menschen Trost und/oder Erfüllung in ihrem Glauben finden, aber das klappt bei mir leider nicht. ^^'
Und wenn ich heute mal zwangsweise in die Kirche muss(Hochzeiten etc.) finde ich das Prozedere auf der einen Seite etwas lächerlich, auf der anderen macht es mir Angst, weil ich große Teile der Messe von früher auswendig kenne und mitsprechen könnte... Kirchen selbst, also die Bauten besuche ich allerdings sehr gerne, wegen den künstlerischen Aspekten.
I selected yes but I'll clarify that I usually attend on Saturday evenings, as it's much easier for me and I'm not bound to yawn while I worship my savior. If I miss Saturday evening because of an occasion or over-sleeping from a nap, etc., then I will attend Sunday morning. If I'm out of town, I watch the live-stream.
"Religion is belief in someone else's experience. Spirituality is having your own expereience." - Deepak Chopra
Ich denke das erklärt alles. Ich glaube zwar auch an Gott, Jesus und viele andere Dinge, allerdings bin ich zu diesem Glauben nicht durch die Bibel oder die Kirche gekommen. Generell bin ich der Meinung dass du von jedem Ort aus "beten" und zu Besinnung kommen kannst, dafür brauchst du kein "Gottes Haus", denn das was die Menschen Gott nennen, ist nahezu überall und in Allem gegenwärtig. Ich bin nicht gegen Kirchen grundsätzlich, ich sehe sie als Kunstwerke an und finde sie wunderschön. Besuche sogar bei Gelegenheit gerne welche, aber eher wegen den Kunstwerken und bunten Fenstern, bei einer Messe und Predigt wird man mich nie sehen. Ich brauche keinen "Vertreter Gottes" um mich dem Göttlichen nahe zu fühlen oder zu ihm zu sprechen.
Just went to church for the first time since I moved to Japan! Surprisingly, the language barrier was not a problem. I think faith, fellowship, and prayer transcend languages. It was a lovely experience.
On paper I am Christian, but I actually don't believe in any religion. But that is how it works here in Sweden. When I was born people where usually baptized even though their parents didn't believe in any god, they just did it since it was like a tradition. Nowadays it's more common to skip the baptizing and just have a name giving party for their baby.
Nope. When I was younger my parents, my brother and I all went to the local church together on Sundays, but I never liked it there, and gradually we just stopped going. My parents still insist we go there on christmas though.
Christian, but I dislike churches. Or at least the ones near me. I prefer my employ my faith in my behavior and faith in the lord. I don't need people to tell me who God loves or what rules I should follow. If the churches were kinder near me and not cult like I would go every sunday. I can survive with simple prayer.
Yep, almost every Sunday. But lately it's been harder and harder to go because I don't know anybody there. Not even after seven years, and I feel like I'm just hearing the same message over and over again. I still try to go though.
That's like me. I don't like being around people for too long, and I have serious ADD issues. For real. It makes it hard, really hard, sometimes, but.... I know that not going won't do me any good, so I just keep trying too.
You know, I'm the kind of guy that believes in god in his own ways, i don't believe in church.. even though i know it exists.. but I think they are just the greatest mafia alive.. xD I honestly dislike this organization from every cell of my body, for all the wrong they did and are still doing... rarely saw a clan as narrowminded as that