Helixaqua, Sexykeema and FatKenney are absolutely right. Churches are an invention of man; one needs only to commune with His most beautiful creation to be reminded how unlikely it is that He would rather we sit in hard, pinchy pews and have to smell 49 different perfumes and aftershaves. That said, communing with others of like faith IS important... so just don't isolate yourself in your faith. Blessings...
All I can tell you is that an a CHRIStian (saved by GODS gift of GRACE through the sacrifice of JESUS CHRIST) who doesn't attend (any) church. I'd love to be one of those Christians who can go to church every week. For years I kept trying. For me, the bitten line is this : Jesus gave us beautiful gift of faith. Ever since, humans have been messing it up with the human creation we call religion.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)==================================But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:8-10 KJV)=================== Based on the above scriptures one isn't condemned to (((Hell))) for not attending a building but the rejection of God's sin sacrifice Jesus Christ who's the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the whole world only if they believe. Now believers are instructed not neglect the assembling of ourselves.=============================And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)============The reason why is so that we as a church of called out believer can come together to be encouraged edified and built up in our most holy faith.=====================Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God?s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God?s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won?t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:11-16 NLT)
Can't make a judgement on you but I can tell you what the bible said, "dont forsake the gathering of yourselves together" make your own decision. If you want truth you are going to have to search for it for real, not on the internet.
Confess that Jesus died for your sins and rose again and then you will have a relationship. Not going to church isn't what keeps someone out of heaven. You might find you like if you find one that appeals to you. ;-)
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Once one gets over this idea that it's either eternal bliss or...... the opposite of eternal bliss would be agony, you see that what awaits us all is nonexistence. And that is not a bad thing.
If you don't go to Church, it's likely because Church is boring, or the people who tend to attend are a bit hoity toity and high and mighty, or the sermons are all convoluted and preach a tad too much on the damnation side of things... Any of a number of reasons. So you don't go to Church, but then you feel at risk. In danger of the claims you find so uninteresting and unlikely. All you need to know to be assured that religious claims are bunk is the sheer number of them. Einstein said God wouldn't play dice with the universe? (He had a point, and if there is a God, God really does play dice with the universe) Why would God allow 4,000 groups of people to say 4,000 different things about Him? He wouldn't. God makes no sense. Don't let all these religiously fanatic people warp your mind.
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Matthew 18:20 says where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in the midst of them......So although i believe that you won't go to hell but nothing is wrong with going to church either....along with having a relationship with the Almighty.
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1st: In John 17:3 we learn that if we learn about God and Jesus, and apply what we learn we will have eternal life. This everlasting life is here on Earth. In the Bible we read God’s promises that good people will live on Earth forever and that Earth will not be destroyed (Psalm 37:10, 11; Psalm 104:5; Isaiah 45:18). The Bible mentions only a certain amount of people that will go to heaven, not everyone who dies. In Revelation 7:4, 9 we see 2 groups; 1st group has 144,000 people and 2nd group doesn’t have a definite number, but is referred to as “a great crowd”. The 1st group are those that will reign with Jesus in heaven for 1,000 years, while the 2nd group will live here on Earth (Revelation 20:6).
2nd: In Hebrews 10:24, 25 we read: "And let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day drawing near." So, evidently it is important to attend regularly and not have a "custom" of being absent, as then we would be missing out on learning more about God and Jesus, and from getting closer to them (James 4:8).