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Old 10-22-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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The world is about to be destroyed.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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That map is completely useless. Yes, Christianity is the most popular religion in the world. Yet, for the vast majority, it is in name only. For example in northern Europe, the churches are pretty empty on Sunday morning except for a few elderly folks and maybe some grandchildren in tow. In the USA, while maybe somewhere around 70% might identify with some Christian denomination, a small percentage of those people actually attend church. In my own denomination it not unusual at all to find a congregation where the average church attendance is 25% of the actual membership.
Going to church is not a requirement to be a Christian. In fact, I tend to find those who most often attend church to be the least likely to act like Christ.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Europe used to be dominated by Christians, but has shrunk to the point that it barely registers on the radar screen. America followed and up until 50 years ago was the center of Christianity in the world. Obviously, we are headed in Europe's direction. Is a new center of Christianity emerging in the world, or is the world as a whole about to loose out to materialism, universalism, atheism and agnosticism?
Humanity is outgrowing its need for fables and myths, it's called maturing.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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The Bible makes it quite clear that gathering together, worshiping God, giving offerings to support the church, studying His word, receiving the sacrament is part of the life of a Christian. But of course, those who have no reverence for God's word might disagree. But that means in most cases, they would not be Christians, so not worshiping would be expected. And how does a non-Christian decide what is unChristian behavior? Isn't that like a like telling a medical doctor how to do his job or a non-pilot telling a pilot how to fly the plane?

Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I can never figure out why people come on this forum to bash Christians. I'm sure others wouldn't be too happy if I went on the other religious forums to bash them, and I don't blame them. So why do people do this? Nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head forcing them to be Christians. I don't get it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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Humanity is outgrowing its need for fables and myths, it's called maturing.
At some point folks will go to church because of tradition or for socialization. Whether God is in the church or not will become a moot point.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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What ever happened to going to church to WORSHIP GOD? That should be the main reason and the most important one. Also, how can one receive communion if you don't go to church? You get graces and grow closer to God by doing that.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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The Bible makes it quite clear that gathering together, worshiping God, giving offerings to support the church, studying His word, receiving the sacrament is part of the life of a Christian. But of course, those who have no reverence for God's word might disagree. But that means in most cases, they would not be Christians, so not worshiping would be expected. And how does a non-Christian decide what is unChristian behavior? Isn't that like a like telling a medical doctor how to do his job or a non-pilot telling a pilot how to fly the plane?
No. Most nonbelievers were once believers and most know more about the Bible than your typical Bible thumper.

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I can never figure out why people come on this forum to bash Christians. I'm sure others wouldn't be too happy if I went on the other religious forums to bash them, and I don't blame them. So why do people do this? Nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head forcing them to be Christians. I don't get it.
You do realize other believers probably don't agree with you too right?
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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Going to church is not a requirement to be a Christian. In fact, I tend to find those who most often attend church to be the least likely to act like Christ.
Some people are in house churches and would probably fall below the church attendance radar. They may not go to a building on Sunday morning, but they are meeting in homes.
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