- Apr 17, 2007
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Again, what difference does it make how much time is spent in worship vs. time spent in serving mankind (in some capacity)? If one is a Pentecostal & spends 1 hour & 45 min. in Sunday service vs. an Orthodox who spends about the same time in worship crossing oneself, prostrations etc. but both individuals show concern for others, what does it matter? (laying doctrine aside for the sake of argument).FountainPen said:I don't know that i'd say rituals are directly to blame but i don't think so many rituals help.Punch said:However, where I disagree with Fountain Pen is that I believe that the Church and its rituals are not to blame for this. The Church is a hospital, and it is where the sick and suffering belong. However, those who do not follow the Doctor's orders will never get better, and often they will get worse. This is not the fault of the Doctor and the medicine. While the Scriptures teach us that everyone is sick and in need of healing, not all are as sick as others. Some do not even recognize that they are sick. If they are able to function that way, and by function, I mean follow the Law of God, then who are we to judge them; particularly so when we are to sick to even do what they do? I have to say that I agree very much with a lot that Fountain Pen has written here. I just happen to find a different root cause for the problem than Fountain Pen has.
I'd be really interested to know what the root is that you've found though.