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Going to church if you aren't religious? - April 29th 2014, 03:08 AM

On Easter, I went to church with my family. There were people that were so religious and so into the whole experience - it gave me tingles. When I watch Sister Wives, I get the same feeling when they share and show the religious aspect of their family. I have a very deep respect for religious people, but I find it hard to have faith in religion myself. There's too much uncertainty, as well as too much fear that I'll be wrong. However, the idea of going to a church is very appealing to me. Is it disrespectful to go to church and listen, even if you don't believe in the religion that the church teaches?


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Re: Going to church if you aren't religious? - April 29th 2014, 03:55 AM

As a non-religious person who has gone to church a few times, I don't think it's disrespectful to go and listen as long as you don't act disrespectfully during the service. I think it can actually be a valuable learning experience as far as other belief systems and cultures.


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Re: Going to church if you aren't religious? - April 29th 2014, 04:20 AM

I don't think it's disrespectful at all. There seems to be 2 things that aren't liked.
1 is phoney christians, pretending to be all religious to get attention etc.
2 is disruptors, people who trash the teachings and what goes on in the church.
But what you are talking about doing is probably greatly encouraged.
They're fine with it because they hope you'll get converted someday by being there.
Or at least that should be the case I think.


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Re: Going to church if you aren't religious? - April 29th 2014, 02:10 PM

Churches can be nice places with cool people. It can be fun to sing hymns and listen to a good sermon. Nothing wrong with going even if you don't believe.
   
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Re: Going to church if you aren't religious? - April 29th 2014, 03:46 PM

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On Easter, I went to church with my family. There were people that were so religious and so into the whole experience - it gave me tingles. When I watch Sister Wives, I get the same feeling when they share and show the religious aspect of their family. I have a very deep respect for religious people, but I find it hard to have faith in religion myself. There's too much uncertainty, as well as too much fear that I'll be wrong. However, the idea of going to a church is very appealing to me. Is it disrespectful to go to church and listen, even if you don't believe in the religion that the church teaches?
Most religious people would welcome you in. I think it becomes disrespectful if mocking is involved, and if you are dishonest with them. If they ask you if you believe, simply tell them no, and explain why. You'll have to expect them to try to "save" you, but that comes with the territory.


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Re: Going to church if you aren't religious? - May 1st 2014, 11:28 AM

No, I don't think so. There's a difference between being spiritual and being religious, so I don't think you have to believe in a certain religion to be welcome at their services. Personally I find churches in general quite relaxing and even inspiring, although I'm not Christian, and as long as you're not being disrespectful I don't see why people should object to your presence there. Like Michael said, as long as you're not dishonest about your intentions and beliefs, there's nothing wrong with it.


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