The Obsolete Church

December 28, 2008

I read this post today:

Once the Bible became available to everyone, religion became by-and-large obsolete, except for those too lazy to read it.

I noticed that church was becoming more and more obsolete around my 5th year. I began to realize that my relationship with church wasn’t my relationship with God. One doesn’t need the church organization. We should be able to get everything we need from studying the Bible and prayer. Spending time with other Christians doesn’t mean that you have to do so  at church.

Needless to say, I’ll be in attendance at church tomorrow, but what I expect to get from it is fellowship with the brethren.

Legalism

December 28, 2008

I was recently discussing children with a friend of mine and he mentioned that even though he brought his kids to every function and service that the church held, they still drifted away from the church easily once they finished high school…then it hit me. The parents bring their child to everything and the children get little more than the idea that they supposed to attend everything no matter if it’s good or not. Like the idea that a college degree confers intelligence, the mere act of attending church magically strengthens their relationship with God.

The hard truth is that attending church, when it isn’t for a purpose, will likely hurt your relationship with Christ more than it will help. I know this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but take a moment to digest this thought. It is a standard, a rule, that a person must attend as much as possible. Only in that way can you stay on the straight and narrow.

But, why go to that Wednesday night service when the topic is off-the-cuff and not well researched? It is the equivalent of day care for adults. It is the extension of American schooling. Come in, sit down, shut up and listen for the next hour. You’re not expected to do much except sing a couple of songs, clap your hands, and read along when required. It easy is to see why church leadership can get away with such mediocrity. It is modern schooling for adults.

This kind of church attendance has become legalism. Attending church for attendance sake.

I understand that we typically attend on Sundays to reverence and worship God and we should gather together with other Christians. I’m not necessarily talking about that. I’m speaking of all the extra services, programs, projects and other events that can take up every moment of our time. Time which would be better spent focusing directly on our children, family and friends.

For example, our church has a fireworks stand. Why do need one? Because we purchased too much building. Who is we? The church leadership. Why is this the fault of the laity who had little say? It’s not and you shouldn’t waste your time. (Anyway, it’s important that leadership learn that people will not bailout their poorly thought out decisions.)

It is good to question. I find that regretful fools say otherwise. How does this event benefit you and your family? This is not a selfish question. This is following a direct order from God. You and your family come before the church building, the pastor, and anyone else…or you are no better than a heretic.

Choose the way you spend your time carefully. Just because there is a cross on the door doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to go every chance you get.

Well, it’s about time

January 11, 2008

Won’t anyone think of the watch companies!

Efforts to understand time below the Planck scale have led to an exceedingly strange juncture in physics. The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality. If so, then what is time? And why is it so obviously and tyrannically omnipresent in our own experience? “The meaning of time has become terribly problematic in contemporary physics,” says Simon Saunders, a philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford. “The situation is so uncomfortable that by far the best thing to do is declare oneself an agnostic.”

Time is nothing more than the measure of movement between atoms (being the smallest thing I can think of). There is no such thing as a time line.  One cannot go back in time. However, if it were possible to keep in memory the arrangement of atoms at a specific moment, then it would be possible to “go back in time” by recreating that arrangement of atoms.

Realization

December 14, 2007

I just realized that I had set the comment moderation on without realizing it with the “Comment author must have a previously approved comment”. To those who have responded I apologize.