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Who Needs Preachers Anyway? October 21, 2009

Posted by jetson in Personal.
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Can anyone step up and tell me who in the world assigned any particular human to the task of leading everyone else by preaching the word of a god?  This vocation, as it is deemed in modern society, is a result of the proliferation of the vast number of churches dotting the landscapes of cities across the globe.  A church MUST have a preacher, a priest, a pastor, or some other form of proselytizer in the pulpit in order to share the word of a particular god.  But why?  And by who’s authority?

I give you Matthew 6:5-6:8

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

I am sure I am wrong about this, but to me, this is a very clear message that one need not go to church at all.  What can a church, and its preacher, give you from God that you cannot get for yourself, according to the book of Matthew?  I know what I think about this vocation.

In my humble opinion, there is literally no way that groups of humans would bother going to a church if there were no one to lead the congregation.  It is necessary because people prefer to follow someone else, to avoid thinking for themselves, and to be a part of something social, such as a church.  I think most children attend by force, and most adults attend through fear or guilt.  I know that many claim to attend for the sheer enjoyment of the words of the preacher (some preachers are excellent speakers!)  But this is really no different than going to see anyone speak on a topic of enjoyment to the listener.

But these people, leading the congregations in their places of worship, are no different than you and I.  They have no special powers, no special connections to their god, and certainly no divinely inspired calling.  They are as much a part of the working class as anyone else, they have a job just like you and me.  Some of them are selected through a formal process, others are hired, and still others are selected by their congregations.

I think some of them probably offer more practical advice than divine wisdom!  Having said that, I believe that if there really is a god out there, He never intended to create “religion.”  The intention was to allow humans to live among one another, take care of each other, and find their place in everlasting life through a personal relationship with God.  However, since God is completely silent, religion is necessary to keep the flocks of sheep in line.  Get back in your closets believers, have your own relationship and stop pandering to your church like some hopelessly lost soul.

If God is real, he knows exactly what you deserve – no church, or preacher will ever change that fact.

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1. sg - October 21, 2009

You took this completely out of context. It really doesn’t deserve a respond. But i will give you a clue if you are interested in acquiring knowledge and not pouring out ignorance on the subject, otherwise ignore the below.

The section you sited is about prayer and fasting – it is not about church. You should really read the NLT:

5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,[a]
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[b]
but rescue us from the evil one.[c]

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

jetson - October 21, 2009

Yes, I take everything out of context, remember! I am not smart enough to figure it out on my own, so I have to wade through countless interpretations, and somehow arrive at your conclusion – either that or get all of my Bible interpretations from a single source – oh, but which one, which one?

I have done plenty of searching, and luckily for me, there are many interpretations of this passage, so sadly, I get to let you know that yours is one of many, and hardly deserves any more merit than the others – but I’m sure you knew that already, correct?

I’m wrong again – I know! Your interpretation is the only possible truth, and you know this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Funny, I heard this same thing from another Christian less than a year ago, regarding this exact passage. Now I get to go back and let him know that he is wrong. I’m sure he will be pleased to hear that his interpretation is wrong, and that another Christian has correctly interpreted this passage for him.

I have a strong feeling that you are claiming authority because you are a believer, am I right? I am sure that believers are definitely more knowledgeable on Biblical translations, after all, they actually believe! Yet, sadly, the other 37,999 sects of Christianity beg to differ – and again, they are each in possession of the great truth.

I have news for you – you don’t own the truth on Biblical translations. We each get to interpret in whatever way pleases us the most, after all, isn’t that what all good Christians do! Prove me wrong!

2. sg - October 23, 2009

We don’t have to prove you wrong. It’s all a matter of understanding what God would like you to do to further his kingdom….a manual sort of speak, but you need some essential tools. Much like when you put something together.

First accept Jesus as your lord and Savior so that he can bless you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will dwell inside and provide you guidance on what God wants you to do. The Holy Spirit will guide as to what the word of God is.


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