Taken from the Isaiah 53:5 Project yet again.
“Do we have to go to church?” Any atheist reading this will automatically assume we are about to address issues related to religions in general and Christianity in particular, but they would be wrong. I chose to re-blog the following article, because it illustrates the importance of something which religious people take for granted, and secular people tend to overlook. All religions recognise the importance of nurturing their flocks and all religions recognise the benefits that accrue from safety in numbers and free association with like-minded people. That is why their flocks are encouraged to regularly attend their churches or their mosques etc.
Atheists can and do utilise the digital world to nurture the intellect, but this will never entirely emulate the benefits accrued from gathering together in a physical sense. I have featured the following article because it demonstrates the benefits obtained, when like minded people gather together regularly, to promote a common interest. Atheists should take note and make more effort to “unite in the virtual world”, in much the same way as Christians unite in the real world, not to nurture the “spirit”, but to nurture the “intellect”. Our “spirits” can be nurtured in so many other ways. Atheists should be encouraged to regularly engage with other like minded people at least once a week, at a time to suit them. Consider it as the digital equivalent of “going to church”. It’s the best way possible to promote the ever rising tide of secularism, and we would be foolish to squander the opportunities presented by the digital age.
BY THE ISAIAH 53:5 PROJECT on AUGUST 6, 2015
Do I Have to Go to Church? By: Barry Cooper © ExploreGod.com
I have better things to do than go to church. Do I have to go to be a Christian?
Church attendance in the West, even among Christians, is falling. According to a recent study, attendance at church services in any given week has declined among Christians by 9 percent since 1991. Now only a minority of Christians (47 percent) can be found at church during a typical week.1
In a culture that sees independence and self-reliance as hallmarks of a truly successful person, church can feel like an imposition on our time and energy. We ask if we have to go to church in the same reluctant way we might ask, “Do I have to go to the dentist?”
But what if followers of Jesus only truly flourished when in community with other like-minded believers? What if true fulfillment could only be found in serving them rather than ourselves?