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Should I Go To Church?

so i have lived in the backyard of a church for five years and i recently read a book called no where but up and it explained how a woman found god and how he changed her life i have been in a pit of desperation and i today i begged god to help me find him and now i all of a sudden get this strong feeling i should try going to church should i go ?

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Sure ... and if you don't like that church, try another ... if you don't find one that suits you, look into religions that aren't in your local area. If you never find a religion that suits you ... that's okay, too.

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Suzie17

That's the Holy Spirit talking to you. Yes, go!!

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JamesKaeberle

Yes!

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that's up to you,if you feel like you need to ,why not

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I would go! It most certainly won't hurt you to go.

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Don't be afraid to ask questions. It may not be the right fit for you. Try a different church, and another and another. Yes, that means you are church shopping.

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Definitely go!

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Buttonz_again

Yup yup yup

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I would have to say yes. If you have a feeling or instinct I think you should follow it.

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mrdrcooldude

yippers! if it feels right to you!

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YES!!!!!!!! It helps you a lot! Definitely!

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Before you decide, maybe read a book called Letters From the Earth by Mark Twain.
It's a great book, and it may give you some insight.

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If you feel you have a hole in your life that needs filling, and you can't do it on your own, then church makes more sense then drugs or alcohol.

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MUCH MORE sense than drugs or alcohol. Great answer!
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No.. Church is one big lie..

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Truly sorry, Shannon. Looks like you got burned. I just hate it when that happens, and sometimes it will, because not all people are "true" Christians. And even if they were, they're not perfect. I am sorry it happened to you, but trust me, there are many, many REAL churches that love God and worship Jesus that would be delighted to have you visit them. Just a matter of finding the right one. Sorry you hit a loser...
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Church is not a lie. Although there are many that are. There are many many good churches. It's sad your on the other side. Don't let him win.
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I agree that church is a lie, as is religion
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That's very sad...
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trystanMersmann, you are wrong. church is not a lie. religion is not a lie. those 2 things are things that God Himself made. when Jesus was still on this earth, the people back in his time went to church. Jesus tells us that we need to.
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I meant, that it's so sad for ANYONE to feel like that... Must have somehow been hurt and therefore refuse to go ANYWHERE.
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"anywhere"? I go plenty of places just church isn't one of them, you think the only reason to be athiest is because I was "hurt"? Why do you refuse to believe in the possibility that you might not be right?
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Okay, supposed I believed in the possiblity that I might not be right. Where will that get me? When I die, I'll find out the truth, and even if I didn't KNOW for sure, I just wouldn't want to take the chance...
And you're being smart alecky when you're saying "anywhere? I go plenty of places", as if you didn't know what I meant... Get over it... We have enough conflict on here with the sarcasm, don't you agree?
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I understand, you believe out of fear
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Yes. Being with the spiritual brothers who love you so much and poreach the word of God as it is, not adding beliefs to it and not allowing sin, yet loving the sinners, being with your spiritual brothers will help you. I just described them so you know if a church is trully christian or just religious and/or false christian.

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I think u should go!!! but if this church let u live in their back yard for 5 yrs. and have not welcomed u in, asked u if u needed any help,tryed to assist you in any way form or fashion then thats not the church u should go to!!! after all u might have helped them in any way u r their security alarm!! yes! u should go but u should find one that suites u best and points u in the right direction!!!

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Yes, it's good to go to church. It helps keep you in check. Devotions are good to keep you in check too. Just make sure the church is preaching the truth. Make sure the church's teachings are supported by the Bible.

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JamesKaeberle
Amen!
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You asked him. This is your answer. GO!!!!! He is telling you clearly. Do not hesitate do not question just listen and go.

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YES, please go to church! But check which one you prefer. When you go into the one right next to you, are you greeted? Do you feel the love there? Is the preacher talking about "how" to walk as a Christian, or hell-fire and brimstone? (first is better) or is he talking about love? or loving each other? Those are all good. Do you feel moderately comfortable? If so, then it's probably a good church for you, as long as it's Christian. You'll feel more and more comfortable the more you go and meet people. THIS is one of the ways you draw close to God. Plus build a support group, and prayer backup. Excellent plan!
If you do NOT feel any of that, check out a different church. But remember, God has one for you that'll fit just perfect for you. Remember that all churches are not perfect, because all people aren't perfect, but if you can feel the love of Christ there, and they talk about walking with God, then it's good. Keep us posted!

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Great tips!!!
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Thanks!
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At this point, what do you have to lose?

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Yes! I believe God is urging you to go. Try the one in your backyard first. I like the advice Mar sch gave you. Also, I would purchase a Life Application Bible and read the book of John first. Good luck! I'm praying for you!

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thank you so much <3
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VERY good suggestion, bella!
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Yes you should!

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Be prepared for extreme boredom. Going to church and believing in god
just because it appeals to your emotions is not a good reason and it doesn't make christianity anymore vailid.

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TheTrusyLepp, church is not boring. If you go to church and you don't listen to the minister and you don't want to hear what is being siad, then yes it will be boring for you. if the person that asked this question feels that God is asking them to go to church, then they should.
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Yes, forsake not your gathering together; where two or more are gathered Jesus said He was there in the midst.

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so very true.
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Depends on what kind

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Personally, I prefer the position of "no where to go but up." Makes me feel like I cannot fail. Hitting bottom sux, but once there we have nothing to lose but rest. I wouldn't go, but then again I'm atheist so why would I go to a church?

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Try reading the Bible daily first, so you can know and be familiar with some of the Bible's basic standards. As many others have said, make sure you pray as well. Never underestimate the power of prayer. 1 John 5:14 tells us that "whatever is according to His will, He hears us." Your desire seems to be according to God's will. So pray incessantly about it. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Then try visiting some churches in your area. Are those churches adhering by the Bible's standards? Or are they picking and choosing what they want to follow? After deep prayer and thought on it, you will be able to make a decision. Remember also the words of Jesus Christ: "Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it." (Matthew 7;13,14)

Hope I could help! =)

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Well, it wont hurt you. Give it a go. I suggest researching churches and trying different ones until you find one you are comfortable with. In the meantime it wont hurt to visit the church you live behind. I hope its a good one. But if not try others. I suggest again - try to find a good contemporary and/or non-denominational church that doesnt have a strict dress code and isnt too uptight about unimportant things. Unless you want all that fancy dress. Some folks like that.

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do you know anything about anglican churches because the one nearest to my home is anglican :)
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Wow. Anglican. Talk about uptight. Its like a very very old historucal denom that began in England. People who didnt like being part of the Catholic Empire broke away and formed the Anglican Church. Very formal. Did away with lots of catholic beliefs but kept a lot of the Catholuc glamour and pagentry. Still a major denom in Europe, esp England i think but not so much here---- just a thought but where are you exactly? Anglican Churches are pretty rare here in the US. Lots of British royalty have been Anglican. Lots of brit wars fought over which were best Catholics or Anglicans. Might be interesting to visit but id look for something else long term. Contemporary the Anglicans most definately are not.
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Well it depends on what kind of church it is. Look for these things:
That the Bible is recognized as the infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
That God is a Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 14:26; Matthew 28:18-19).
That salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9).
That spiritual maturity develops as one dedicates himself to personal prayer, the reading and study of the Word of God, and obedience to what is learned (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 2:6-7).
The decision you make about your church affiliation is a crucial one! May God lead you to find just that church which is best suited to your personality and needs. This identity will provide much of what is needed for living a full and satisfying Christian life.

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Yes! The end is near my friend.

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Always!

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"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." ~James 4:8

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I'm atheist, so I wouldn't. But it's your choice if you want to be religious or not, and it's better than drinking yourself into oblivion. Alcohol isn't the answer...... unless you're playing hangman and that's the word they choose, then it's technically the answer.

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Are you looking for answers to specific questions? Religious meetings approved by God should instruct people “in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion.” (2 Peter 3:11) They should help those present to become mature Christians, who can “distinguish both right and wrong.”—Hebrews 5:14.

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i use to ask the same question until one day i just went it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be it was actually kinda fun the people were very welcoming.

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