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Originally posted by Freenrgy2
reply to post by romanmel
Sorry, I apologize for being a bit defensive. I, like many posting in this thread, was duped for many years. I sat in those pews and felt shame when the plate was passed and I couldn't put a buck in. I heard story after story about people tithing and getting these checks in the mail. I never got any of those. I kept banging my head into a wall thinking I wasn't a good Christian because I wasn't being rewarded monetarily. After all, isn't that what they were teaching from the pulpit? Why did the pastor have a new $20,000 Harley, gold watch and new house in one of the most expensive housing additions. Was his message that much different than the black church in the poorest part of town? Or was it that the demographics supported his lavish lifestyle through the tithe. I suspect the latter.
Originally posted by moocowman
reply to post by Komodo
It's not a matter of needing to fellowship....it's a vital to the body of Christ!
This would imply that your god is lacking something and not omnipotent, it implies that should you not do this that your god would not exist and is therefore the construct of the human mind.
Originally posted by CRASHPROJECT
reply to post by Yissachar1
Do churches even take food/hygiene products/diapers/etcetera? Wouldn't it just be wiser to donate to the local food bank or Salvation Army?
Take organized religion, and its obsolete concept(s) out of the equation.