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Houses of Worship

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Fool, May 23, 2020.

  1. Fool

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    what is essential about worshiping in a specific place if the heart/spirit isn't in it? is the motivation proving to your neighbor that self can worship where ever it wants, or is the self interested in a loving god and neighbor as self?


    can't a worshiper essentially believe they are there and worshiping a god they believe is too?


    or is it just an absurdity of belief run amok?
     
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    A person can worship anywhere they want. A house of worship is just a place where they can go to be with others of similar beliefs if they choose to do so.
     
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    So it's about having the riggt to socialize?
     
  4. sun rise

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    We can also see some 'ministers' making a good living running a church. Such types exist in India as well though there they act like renunciates and ask for bhiksha (alms). Of them it was written:

    There are many hypocritical saints with long matted hair and their bodies besmeared with ashes. Tukaram says: "Let their dead conscience be burnt; it is no sin to thrash them!"

    Of course not all are like that but too many are.
     
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    Humans are not especially logical. And religious humans even less so.

    Logically, there is no reason that humans would have to physically gather together to gain access to or attention from "God". But the emotional desire to be with others of like mind often overwhelms logic. And blind faith tends to lead to a blinding illusion of immunity to logical consequence.
     
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    Ideally, the heart/spirit would become involved while the individual is worshiping.:rolleyes:


    In theory I suppose that's possible, but, I think there would be a spiritual benefit from putting in the effort to be there in body and spirit both. :cool:


    Coming from you, absurd is high-praise. :p:D
     
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    You know, I think if churches can't open, maybe there should be some rule about atheists getting together also.
     
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    Some people put a lot of stock into community religion. Sure, there are reasons it may be important, but IMO it's not the end-all, be-all of worship or religious experience, so it's odd to me that some people seem to think it is (I've wondered just why some of them are afraid to meet God alone, or perhaps it's that they feel he doesn't reside anywhere outside of a church building).

    It seems some of the fuss is also from Catholics, and I think they have a stronger sense that they need a clergy intermediary between them and God to be doing it "right."


    There is. It's called, "Most places aren't allowing gatherings of people, for any reason." Not even at funerals. It's not just churches closed. Christians aren't being singled out.

    Do atheists get together for religious reasons?
     
  9. IndigoChild5559

    IndigoChild5559 Loving God and my neighbor as myself.

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    God is everywhere, and is everywhere forgotten. There is something about the human mind and heart, that we need to divide the sacred from the non-sacred. The includes creating sacred places.

    Exodus 25:8
    And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
     
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