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Religion, Church, and the Bible.. what does it all come down to?

Last year (senior yr of hs) my physiology teacher said to me "If you do not go to church you are not a true Christian. The word of God states you must go under one roof with other devoted followers to praise the name of the Lord." If that statement is true, am I not a "good" or practicing Christian? I try to lead a good life, with good morals, and a strong belief in God. but I don't have time on the weekends to go to Church. Will I be punished for this, or judged based on my sins and if i repented to the Lord above? The last time I went to a "good Christian church" (this was about 5 years ago) the revrend pulled up to the front doors in a limo. and did it every sunday after! I believe in God, I read the bible, I study His words, and I try to lead a good life, but the church seems so fake. That's why I quit going. Most churches that I've been too force their version of the bible down your throat. Most seem like cults rather than places of worship.

Asked By: Freddie xoxo - 1/23/2007
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It is always good to have fellowship with other Christians and I strongly recommend it... More
Answered By: apmresearch@sbcglobal.net - 1/23/2007
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Christians should follow Jesus' words more closely. The rest of The Bible is for children.
Answered By: qonox - 1/23/2007
 
Don't hold your breath on the punishment thing. Nobody's ever actually seen God or Heaven or Hell. Do what feels right.
Answered By: GeneJohn - 1/23/2007
 
it comes down to the fact that brainwashing young children at home has a long-term effect. it is also a horrible form of mental child abuse.
Answered By: jen1981everett - 1/23/2007
 
the bigest con on the planet
Answered By: andrew w - 1/23/2007
 
Your physiology teacher is wrong. The things you mentioned are more important than going to church once a week.
Answered By: out of the gray - 1/23/2007
 
the bible says that the church is the people not the building. so i'm sure that surrounding yourself with other believers, even if they aren't at church per se...then i doubt god is mad at you. i'm sure god knows you love him and follow him and that's all that's supposed to really matter according to christians.
Answered By: Moon Goddess - 1/23/2007
 
I think in Christianity its just the belief in Jesus that saves you from everything... no need of repentance... that is what i heard... its good that i aint a Christian anymore, even i practiced for so long tryied to read the bible untill i realized that there might be something wrong... each person believes in... More
Answered By: Rafael - 1/23/2007
 
Just an idea....why do you disregard Scripture? "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25).
Answered By: Father K - 1/23/2007
 
God will fry you in a lake of fire, and pull out your fingernails over and over.
Answered By: A B - 1/23/2007
 
It boils down to Organized lies, Mafia-like Organized lies, and Ancient lies. Perhaps if you stopped listening to a physiology teacher who teaches more about physiology than religiosity/philosophy, you might not have to worry yourself with this. (amazing how no one else has pointed this out yet....)
Answered By: YDoncha_Blowme - 1/23/2007
 
He isnt the judge of you or anyone...I know many Christians who were hurt by cults who dont go but theyre still converted.. If Youre born again you live again.
Answered By: fireball226 - 1/23/2007
 
I do not know if not attending church is something you will be punished for, but I do know that Christ Himself said, 'those who love me will follow my commandments,' and later He said, 'fail not to assemble yourselves together to praise and worship,' This leads me to believe that going to church is something that we... More
Answered By: kdc - 1/23/2007
 
Going to church does not make you a christian- It is believing and following the Lord- Bible study is very important, because it keeps us from straying off that path with the Lord, that is why He gave us His word, to live by... More
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Answered By: mibandibee - 1/23/2007
 
Sigh, Your teacher is wrong about the Church thing. YOU don't need a church or religion to have a personal relationship with the Lord and walking with him. However, you show more that you care about his word if you attend church. If you don't want a home church just visit surround churches until God calls you t oone... More
Answered By: Proud2obeyGodsword07 - 1/23/2007
 
We got a teacher that needs to get fired.
Answered By: Gandalf - 1/23/2007
 
please listen to me... More
Answered By: skipjack045 - 1/23/2007
 
No where did I read that you worship the Lord. You live a good life, with good morals, and a strong belief in God but you do not worship Him. He is not interested in your good works but in your obedience. He said do not forsake the assembling of yourself for worship. I can't say you will be punished, but your... More
Answered By: fish - 1/23/2007
 
Hebrews 10:24-25 does say, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching... More
Answered By: wolfeblayde - 1/23/2007
 
If you repent (quit trusting your own righteousness and trust Jesus Christ and Him alone for your salvation), you will go to heaven. You do not have to set one foot in any church. However, to grow in faith, and to encourage, and be encouraged, it would be good for you to go to a Bible-believing church.
Answered By: bbjones9 - 1/23/2007
 
So . . . the thief on the cross was lied to . . . since he did not go the church, he did not see Jesus that day in paradise... More
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Answered By: Clark H - 1/23/2007
 
I think you will find that Jesus said, Where two or three are gathered together in my name there will I be in their midst. The only reason people needs to follow a religious organization is for the benefit of having someone tell them what is in the Bible. This is only my view. I am a Christian that does not attend... More
Answered By: Georgiegirl - 1/23/2007
 
There is no such thing as a good or bad christian. As others have stated, yes you should go to church. Do you need to go to Church to attain Salvation, maybe not, if you have a personal relationship with God... More
Answered By: veggie - 1/23/2007
 
actually that is NOT a true statement "going to church doesn't make you a christian any more than walking into a garage makes you a car." -unknown your not a christian just because you go to church you are a christian because you accepted Jesus as your savior. your a christian because you want to be and you have made... More
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Answered By: EMMY - 1/23/2007
 
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