Tuesday, 14 February 2012
The Beauty Of Church Is The People, Not The Building
This weeks Unbelievable podcast featured writer Alain de Botton and James Orr asking should Atheists be more religious?
Alain has written a book 'Religion for Atheists'. He seems like a really nice reasonable bloke, who can see the virtue in things religious people have and would like atheists to have the same just without the spiritual side of things!
The main point I want to pick up on from the podcast though is that Alain seems to place a lot of weight in the role Churches/Temples play in religion. He would like a magnificent structure to be made for Atheists to be able to admire and gather in.
The point Alain has missed (not his fault, he's not a Christian) is that the Church building is irrelevant to a faith in God, beautiful though these buildings are, the Church is made of God's people;
Matthew 18:20 ESV
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
This was one of the most beautiful buildings in Jerusalem, but it was not built to honor God, it was built for the Jews, mere people. And true to Jesus' prophecy the Temple was completely destroyed.