Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Town, New Church?

Dear Rev. Graham: We moved across the country last year, and our family got so busy we just stopped going to church. Besides that, we like having our weekends to ourselves. You'll probably try to talk us into going back to church, but why should we? We don't really miss it. — Mrs. L.H.
If you don't miss it, I say don't go. And that's my advice for believers and nonbelievers alike. After-all, the Bible seems fine with believers that don't attend...
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
-Matthew 6:5-6
So if the Bible is okay with a believer worshiping from home, what's the problem?
Rev. Graham: Some time ago, a doctor told me about a patient of his who refused to take his blood pressure medicine because, he said, he didn't feel like he really needed it. A year later, he suffered a serious stroke.
Um... How is this relevant at all?
Tragically, the same thing can happen to us spiritually. We get preoccupied with other things … life seems relatively stable … nothing is happening that we don't think we can handle, and as a result we don't feel like we need God. But in reality, we do need Him, and eventually our spiritual poverty will catch up with us.
Sigh... This is such a flawed analogy. First, we know that heart conditions are real. We don't know that the threat of the salvation of the human soul (something that hasn't been shown to exist) is even a real threat. We can detect heart issues. We can prevent them. We can cure them. But the eternal threats posed by religion are no more than empty claims. Claims that are held up by no proof and defy logic itself.

So stay home if you want. Don't believe if you don't. As far as the facts are concerned, neither puts you at any risk.


-Brain Hulk

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