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Opinion: The Bible Never Asked Christians To Go To Church

For a very long time, it has been a common idea and slogan for people to tell people to "go to church" and "come to our church", as though it is a place or building where christians have to physically go to worship God, become good people and be made children of God. This has been deduced from the idea of the Old testament practices in Judaism, where the Israelites would go to the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting to offer their sacrifices and offerings in worship to God. (Leviticus 1:1–9).

Likewise, Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry, and some of His disciples after His departure, attended the synagogues on the Sabbaths and worshipped with their fellow Jews and proselytes. (Luke 4:14; Acts 13:43). However, this was because the New testament for believers in Christ was not yet introduced. (Hebrews 9:15–19)

However, the Bible never asked those who believe in Jesus Christ to go to any church as a place or worship. Rather, it says, "the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). The Bible also said that believers should not "neglect their meeting together as the manner of some..." (Hebrews 10:25).

Furthermore, the Bible calls christians the temple of the Holy Spirit, (1Corinthians 3:16), and God dwells in their hearts as His house.(2 Corinthians 6:16–18)

Therefore, If it were to be said that Christians were to go to any place of worship, it should be to a synagogue or cathedral and not the church because the Church is not a building or a place but the body of Christ, consisting of Himself as the head and His followers as the body, who gather wherever the Spirit leads them and worship God. Rather, christians only attend fellowship meetings or they gather together to have fellowship with other believers in Christ as the Church.

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