What is a church

Understanding what a church is.

We have always been taught that a church is the building that we go to every Sunday for worship. Not everyone goes on Sundays, some people go on Saturdays or other days. We walk into the buildings to greet other people and sit down and listen to a Minister or Pastor Preach to us about God or a higher Being that we believe in.


Not everyone worships in a building called a church. Because of the different religions of the world people have different names for them. Also, not everyone worships in a building. Some worship outside. 


Because how I think and believe, I know that my body is my church. 


There will be people that will disagree with this and probably other things that will be said. Besides expressing my opinion, I'm here to inform you of other things concerning religions and belief systems. I believe that there will be those that judge this and it because of not having an open mind. 


Some people that go to church are very judging of others. They look at you and don't think you should be wearing what you are. God did say come as you are. They judge people because they are rich or poor. Its a shame that people have to do this. Its not what church is about. 


There are also some churches out there that are trying to get rich. The Pastor of the church gets you to give them money. Some of it I can see, paying the bills, helping out those that really need it. I don't think that a Pastor need to pocket the money for their benifit. Nothing wrong with doing something outside the church to make money. 


The Pastor is a figure head of the church. Someone that's knowledgeable about what he preaches. He's not surposed to stand up there telling stories about himself. He's surposed to teach people to understand the religion of the church they belong too. 


Each religion has their own scriptures. The book they look to for study and understanding. That's the reason there is a head of the church. Their your guides and researchers. But that shouldn't stop you from reading and studying that book too.




Denominations

Cathalic

The Catholic church, also known a the Roman Catholic church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.29 billion members worldwide. 

One of the oldest religious institutions in the world. It has played a prominent role in the history and development of western civilization. 

Headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope, the church's doctrines are summarized in the Nicene creed.

The Catholic church teaches that it is the one, Hole, Catholic and Apostolic church founded by Jesus Christ in his great commission, that its Bishops are the successors of Christ's opostles and that the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter to who, primary was conferred by Jesus Christ. It maintains that it practices the original Christian faith, reserving infailibility, passed down by sacred tradition.

Seven Sacraments the Eucharist is principal one and celebrated liturgically in the mass. The church teaches that through consecration by the Priest, the sacrificial bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.

The virgin Mary is venerated in the church as Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, honoured in dogmas and devotions. 





Baptist

Baptists are Christians distinguished by baptizing professing believers only, and doing so by complete immersion. Baptist churches also generally subscribe to the tenets of soul competency/liberty, salvation through faith alone, scripture alone as the faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, Pastor, and deacon, and two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's supper. Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant, though some Baptists disavow this identity. 

Diverse from their beginning, those identifying as Baptists today differ widely from one another in what they believe how they worship, their attitudes toward other Christians, and their understanding of what is important in Christian discipleship. 

Historians trace the earliest church labeled Baptist back to 1609.

Text, the written words

The Holy Bible

The Bible is a collection of sacred text or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. 

Many different authors contributed to the Bible. The old testament is also the Hebrew bible. the new testament was written in Greek. Approximately 100 million copies are sold annually. It has 66 different books. 

Kabbalah

Kabbalah is an escoteric method, discipline and school of thought that originated in Judaism. A traditional Kabbalist in Judaism is called a Makubbal.

Kabbalah's fidinition varies according to the tradition and aims of those following it, from its religious origin as an integral part of Judaism, to its later Christian, New age, and occult/western esoteric syncretic adaptations. Kabbalah is a set of esoteric teachings meant to explain the relationshio between an unchanging, eternal, and mysterious Ein sof-infinity and the mortal and finite universe-God's creation. 

While it is heavily used by some denominations, it is not a religious denomination in itself. It forms the foundations of mystical religious interpretation. Kabbalah seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence, and various other ontological questions. It also presents methods to aid understanding of the concepts and thereby attain spiritual realization.

Historically, Kabbalah emerged in the 12th to 13th century.