Originally Posted by MalevolentSasuke
As far as I'm concerned, my money is tithed as long as it is doing good work for God. If that means supporting my church, than that's fantastic. However, if it means someone was able to eat tonight, then that's just as good.
My point is that the church is not doing the work of God. The work of God should not be, "Tell everybody everything in the Bible in an interesting way so they bow down on your feet." The work of Jesus is Christian's sacrificing their lives so that others may live, just as Jesus himself did for Christians.
In other words, I want to know why no Christian has yet to go to Darfur and just die there so that way it would gain more media attention. The shirts aren't doing shit at all.
Let me explain better, but first I will need to ask questions.
1. What does your church teach every Sunday that you can't get on your own by reading the Bible?
2. What are the benefits of the church building?
2-2. (EDIT) How big is your church building?
3. What are the benefits of what your church is teaching?
4. How does your church get the message out?
5. What does the average adult at your church do for a living?
6. What does the average Joe at your church drive?
7. What does the average Joe at your church live in?
After you answer those, I can give you a better idea of what I am talking about.
As screwed up as many are, churches are important, and churches need tithe money to support their building mortgage, outreach events, youth ministry and the like. It's all about the church you choose. If you don't feel your money is being used wisely, you need to find a new church that you trust completely.
That church sounds like it's full of ignorant old people. You should find a new one, a good church is important.
Churches don't need buildings. A church is a group of people and we should not be living well. If it were my way Christians would become the poor class because that is who we should take the place of.
Secondly, the youth ministry should not be the coolest place ever. I am tired of all these youth groups with awesome buildings and shit, but when you talk to the youth, they are just as dumb as their parents. We are teaching them to live for possessions at a young age, obviously not what Jesus believed.
Lastly, no denomination of the many support my belief. The people who believe in what I believe probably have church in their house. Plus, I am not for listening to a dumb certified pastor all day. I want the common man's blind interpretation of the Bible. I am tired of the elite Christians telling me what the Bible says and what doesn't because if the holy spirit really does interpret the bible for us, then I should be able to get just as good an interpretation by myself.
Also to whoever said religion was holding us back, I don't understand how a religion about self-sacrifice is really holding us back. I believe it is moving us toward peace at a much quicker rate.