Christianity--Church History/Christian Church


Hello Mel & Guyna

Why do Christians go to Church to worship God, when they can all meet one another at their homes to worship God? I couldn't find the answer googling this question. I don't think it even answers this in the scripture of The Holy Bible. I believe it's this way because going to another building that man calls Church to worship God is a man made idea. Like how different christian denominations and disney world or disney land being the happiest place on earth is a man made idea.

Greetings Sterling,

Thank you for your question. Always happy to help.

You are correct, there is no Biblical bases for modern church buildings or man made religions.

The first tabernacle mentioned in the Bible was built per instructions from God to Moses while approximately two million Israelites were living in the desert.  God instructed him to set up the tabernacle as a physical reminder to the recalcitrant Israelites that they were to follow the true God.
And this worked for a short time, but even with all the laws and rules that God had to keep adding to try and keep the people in line, they still continued to reject God's way of life.

Through out history mankind has felt the need to build structures to honor their version of a god.  Behind these buildings or structures is a belief system and behind this is generally greed, a way to make money off the worshipers.

David understood God and that He didn't need sacrifices or offerings. David did want to build the temple as a physical way to honor God.  But as mentioned in the Bible, David's son, Solomon, was allowed to build the temple to honor God.

"Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require."  Psalms 40:6

Modern religions are based on greed.  For the most part they are money making organizations and corporations.  Most religious leaders, so called Christians or Muslims, Hindu, etc. are all living on money from their followers.  Requiring money from followers isn't based on faith in God, but faith in money.  It takes money for upkeep on religious buildings, vehicles, clothing, etc.

Most religious leaders fail to acknowledge that the first time Christ sent the apostles out to teach without money or even a change of clothing.

"Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece." Luke 9:1-3  This work takes faith in God and not in money or a building or corporation.

Modern religions are businesses.  This isn't what God intended or wants.  
You asked why people go to church buildings to worship God. The answer isn't just a single reason.  Tradition, because others do the same.  Because they don't want to take the time or effort to learn what God wants of them.  It is easier to just show up once a week and have someone else tell them what to do. They go because it makes them feel better for a little while or feel superior about themselves.  There are probably almost as many reasons as their are people.

We have known of many individuals that meet with others in small groups, in homes or personal buildings.  There are others that study and worship God on their own within their homes, while taking a walk or many different ways.

There is nothing wrong with having a designated structure in which to meet together to learn about God's way of life as long as all are allowed to speak and teach, sharing what they have learned. And what day the group chooses to meet doesn't matter either.  Calling Sunday the "Lord's Day" is something that the Catholics invented and most Protestants copied.

Hoped this has answered your question.  If not, let us know.


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We can help with any questions about the history of God's working with mankind from Creation to the Apostles, most questions about the period from the Apostles to "modern Christianity" (90 to 325 AD) and most questions about the confusion within "world Christianity" from 325 AD to the present 33,830 documented denominations. We can discuss major doctrinal differences and their origins but we will not engage in debates over doctrines. We try to avoid trivia unless it had a non-trivial effect or is just really interesting, IOHO. Please do not submit homework questions.


Over 50 years of independent study and over 20 years experience in working with teens, young adults and singles groups. Over two years experience with a prison ministry. Author of three books with two more in development. Published many articles regarding Bible studies and Christian Living.

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