Life's big questions:
Do I need to go to church to find God?
HOW do people spend Sunday mornings? Perhaps by having a leisurely lie-in, reading the paper or Facebook messages, catching up with chores or visiting friends or family. They may also manage to fit in the weekly food shop, do some sport or take the kids to the park.
Something is missing from that list of activities.
Going to church used to be the norm on Sunday mornings, but now it’s way down on the nation’s to-do list. Some no longer feel the need to spend their precious time listening to what they regard as religious gobbledegook and singing dreary hymns – apart from when they attend the obligatory weddings and funerals, of course.
In the past 50 years or so, Sundays have changed significantly. Human nature, on the other hand, hasn’t.
However self-sufficient we may appear on the surface, in difficult times we can turn into quivering wrecks with no sense of direction. It’s then we tend to remember things like God, church and prayer.
But can we find God only in church? Is it the only place where he will hear our prayers? No. We can talk to him anywhere – sitting in our armchair, in a garden, walking down the street or waiting at a bus stop. Our all-seeing, all-knowing and understanding God is available to anyone and everyone, any time. He is always ready to listen.
But going to church, with its surroundings and the chance it gives us to meet other people, can help us focus on the Almighty, find peace of mind and sort out our priorities. It can also put our problems into perspective.
People who already go to a church will confirm that it doesn’t make life’s problems magically disappear, but talking them over with God – and other people –can help.
Jesus tells us: ‘Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you’ (Matthew 7:7 The Voice).
If you want to find God, Jesus’ advice is a good place to start. No matter where you are.
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