In my last post I began a theme considering organized religion. I presented an argument against organized religion. This post offers the argument in behalf of organized religion. My next post will sum it all up with my personal feelings on the subject. If you missed the last one, read it here, then read this post and comment below with any thoughts you have on the subject. Thanks!
5 Arguments For Organized Religion
- Churches often focus on personal development, which leads to advancements in science, technology, medicine, etc.
- God is good, even if some people’s interpretations and representations of him are not
- Sometimes having a faith leader can help you find a better path in life when you are struggling
- A strong congregation is like an extension of family, providing comfort and support when it is needed
- Life is an experience of testing and churches can provide the classroom and laboratory time necessary to do well on the test
My Hypothetical Argument For Organized Religion
It is impossible to know good without knowing evil. They are opposites. If one does not exist, then the other cannot exist either. If there were no North, and I don’t just mean the name, or the concept, but the actual direction, if it did not exist, then there could be no South. North and South are polar opposites, they exist as it were on a pole, there are two ends, if one does not exist, then the other, which by definition is the opposite of the first, can’t exist either. Because evil exists, people will misuse power, they will misuse the name and teachings of God, and they will misuse each other. They don’t have to, but some will.
God created the Earth as a living space, training environment, and proving ground for his children – all people who ever have and ever will live. He gave the first people guidance on what dangers to avoid in the world and what practices would lead to the greatest happiness and joy. He reminded them of their individual will and agency and say choose wisely.
Consequences follow every choice, and by making a choice we determine which consequences we will inherit. Due to the nature of this probationary state of life, not all consequences will be realized immediately, just like not all joys will be immediate.
Churches are not to be worshiped, or hallowed because of the structure, the faith leaders, or the congregation. A church is a building where members of a family can gather to help one another and be taught the principles of God. If this is not occurring, it is not a church of God, but a counterfeit. There is corruption, hypocrisy, and sin in churches, but it isn’t the faith, the religion, or God who is responsible, it is the individual choices of men. When the people of a congregation understand the gospel, and live it, they help one another to root out the corruption and all come closer to God, together.
God does know all, so he knows how important it is that people make decisions for themselves, this is why he will never force his will on anyone. He reveals the truth and then expects us to search for it and share it with one another. Organized religion is the best way for this to happen, so naturally there will be opposition through false churches that seek to distract from and destroy righteousness. Opposition in all things.
Don’t forget to come back for my next post when I throw my biased perspective around, you won’t want to miss that!
“And a Little Child Shall Lead Them” (Isaiah 11:6)
Copyright 2011 James L. Johnson. Used by permission.