Christianity jntb on 04 Feb 2007 02:32 pm
God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Yet, the religious are compelled to send out missionaries so that others can find god. God is within each of us, but god is also everywhere, so why do I have to go and find him? Just to make sure we non-religious types don’t miss out on the fact that others have found god, the religious spend lots of money to build temples to their god so that they can go and pray to that god (even though god is everywhere and can accept prayers from all locations). Christians, in particular, wish to extol the virtues of Jesus, his teachings, his principles and to show just how much they follow Jesus (who, by the way, died for our sins). Some of the temples that Christians build are quite large and expensive. I hope god doesn’t tell Mother Theresa how much was spent. She could have fed and clothed a lot of people with all the money. Here, in the United States, we like to call the temples, megachurches. Some of these megachurches have a theme, some of them are like entering WaltDisneyWorld … you have to have a roadmap to enter so that you can figure out where to park.
How is it the teaching of Jesus to collect enormous sums of money to build such megachurches? These monuments are essentially the phallic symbols of collection plates from the Atlantic to the Pacific. How is it Christian to spend $30 million on a building and then install another $5-6 million on audio/visual equipment? Why, then, do Christians spend enormous sums for television commercials to show themselves standing next to starving Africans, a whole family of which I can feed for something like $9/month, and beg me to send them money when they just blew through $40-50 million to buy land, build a church and install a social system that does nothing for starving Africans.
Can a Christian out there, hopefully one who attends one of these megachurches, provide a good, thoughtful response to the contradiction represented by this image? (Visit the WWGHA forum link to see this photo in full as it does not reveal the whole photo in the blog layout format.)