I love the Bible… I hate the Church

An interesting question… answered well by an atheist pastor.

J.S. Park



Anonymous asked:
I love bible study. I spend hours every day reading the bible and comparing scripture as I am currently reading through the whole bible. But I don’t attend a church. I’m sure this is wrong, although I don’t feel bad about it like I do when I don’t read the bible. So my 2 questions are as follows: 1) Where does having an immense joy in reading the bible come from? Trust me I didn’t decide one day I was going to start liking the bible. And 2) How do I address the issue of not attending church?

I can only assume several things here:

1) You’re reading the Bible for fun.  Which is like playing with gasoline in a furnace, or using a baseball bat to pick your nose.

2) You’ve made church an option, while the Bible clearly does not.

Whether you claim to be a…

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6 Responses to I love the Bible… I hate the Church

  1. DNAJ82 says:

    I was brought to the Bible by His perfect timing. And in my case, I wasnt being bad, I was being TOO GOOD and being too easily deceived by disingenuous liars. So, no visions of hell (a place where no seed of God known from the womb could ever go having a Shepherd who loses NONE of his flock) for me. God stays on my heart all day, like He did before I truly knew Him. I rejected this due to lack of evidence but lived to the best of a good and loving natural heart as possible. . .now, Thomas required evidence and Jesus didnt say ‘u should know me by now! Go to hell!’ . . .churches are ridiculous considering preacher study so much that, they neglect that at the end of Matt 24 Jesus says, I TELL U THE TRUTH, THIS GENERATION WONT PASS TIL THESE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. (Not, ‘off in the distance future’ . .more like 37 years later in 70AD when the temple was destroyed.) . . REV 1:7 said EVEN THE EYES OF THOSE THAT PIERCED HIM WOULD SEE HIM. bar a few chapters, the Bible is complete.
    If I went to church, with people rolling on the floor speaking jibberish, i’d have major issues. . .liars claim those of truth are liars. Ask a pharisee about the ‘demon possessed’ Jesus. God is my Shepherd and I actually read the word in context.
    So I agree with you 100%
    Thomas wouldnt take any1s word. He wanted direct proof. Do what you do.

  2. KingdomofGodservantv4 says:

    “I love my Bible but I hate Church” – the Church is Jesus’ bride. You cannot hate Church. Same as you cannot hate the Bible, but love the Church because the the two are bound by a marriage contract.

    Jesus is the Word, and Church is the bride. Whether that be a building, or the actual body of believers within a local gathering.

  3. granbee says:

    M and T, it is so very true that we don’t if we are getting it “right” from our Bible reading until we rub shoulders with other Christians! I am STILL working so much on keeping a lot more silence in the presence of my church friends; for I know this practice equips me more and more for “feeding His Lambs” when I go back out into the world.

  4. Eric Alagan says:

    The Bible is God’s words to me. I receive it and understand it based on my level of spiritual evolution – if I wish to hear others, I go to church but it is not an imperative. However, church provide fellowship for sharing, caring and learning – true, we can do/get all this elsewhere too – that is why for me church is not an imperative…but I do attend church and I have read the Bible, cover to cover…and am re reading it again, again and again.

  5. loopyloo305 says:

    If the choice is between going to church and obeying God’s will, and not going, if you truly believe in God and the Bible, I think that what you are doing is following your own will, instead of God’s. There are many churches to choose from. The person asking the question seems to be taking more pleasure in disobeying than they are in following. Even demon’s believe in God and the Bible!

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