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[–] Nadeshda 7 points -5 points (+2|-7) ago 

If it looks like the world and smells like the world, my guess is, it's of the world...

Speaking out loud...I could never get my head around membership either... no where is it written that I have to sign a form /type of contract; to worship the FATHER and rejoice in my SALVATION with fellow believers... Show me where, I will look...

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[–] 8904798 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Your relationship with god is a personal thing between god you and yourself, on that I agree with you

That said, beyond faith itself, what I find interesting with religion, is the social link it bings between individuals, as in everybody to church every sunday, mandatory

That's where you build social connections, that's where "we have each others"

Jews do that, muslims do that, that's how they maintain their social cohesion on a local, national, and supranational level

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Also, the very concept of god can hardly be subverted, nothing is above god, even nations are under god, if you see what I mean

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[–] thealtright 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

what I find interesting with religion, is the social link it bings between individuals, as in everybody to church every sunday, mandatory

This is one of the things that is good and useful in Christianity.

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[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Indeed there is none like HIM. I just have an issue with religion trumping relationship and traditions trumping actual text.

Fellowship has to be in HIM or it is based with a motive. Our conflict is not with flesh and blood, but with principalities, and with those in authority, and with the possessors of this dark world, and with the evil spirits that are beneath heaven...

aaaand, that is why we get "SPIRITUAL" armor....(Ephesians 6:11-19) And unless we all wake up to the reality that we are at war, constantly! Spiritually we just may find ourselves fast asleep at a time when it matters the most.

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[–] Komissar [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ah interesting. I did not see what their membership requirements were. You make a good point.