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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Church attendance has a lot to offer, for any type religion. Dedicated time to ponder spiritual growth. Fellowship. Community good works. A sense of belonging.

    Etc.

    Not to say these experiences are per se denied to atheists, but possibly they are less readily available to them.
    Why would you assume that atheists never attend church services?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isalexi View Post
    What makes religion different from a cult except for the number of members? I know several Jehovah witness and they do not reject their children who leave the church. We can pick and choose from the Bible some pretty terrible things also
    There's no bright line, but most psychologists point to isolation from "nonbelievers", especially friends and family.

    Thing is, in a democracy, there's no clear path to rescue adults from their own self-destruction in a cult setting.

    Even if we had known the Heaven's Gate members planned to suicide together, we would not have had the legal right to force them to disband, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Church attendance has a lot to offer, for any type religion. Dedicated time to ponder spiritual growth. Fellowship. Community good works. A sense of belonging.

    Etc.

    Not to say these experiences are per se denied to atheists, but possibly they are less readily available to them.
    True, neighborhood plans that get people together.

    We have a Monday night Dinner that started for those who needed a meal, but found out people just like the fellowship. It has greatly expanded so many attend just for that reason.

    I am off right now for our Senior luncheon. We go different places but this one is at the Church. I have my peanut butter pie in the trunk.
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    If you talk the talk, but don't walk the walk, you're not a very good emissary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    If you talk the talk, but don't walk the walk, you're not a very good emissary.
    Remind us of your Church again,Wonderer.

    Denomination has nebpver bothered me. I like the rituals of the Catholic Church. Grew up in a Baptist Church that was nothing like what I attended. My GGrandfather was a Methodist Precher. My Dad’s family Lutheran. My brother is a Nazarene Minister.

    Despite all the many rules and regulations they mean nothing to me. Just man made rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    If you talk the talk, but don't walk the walk, you're not a very good emissary.
    Exactly. And I am not always a good one. I try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    Remind us of your Church again,Wonderer.

    Denomination has nebpver bothered me. I like the rituals of the Catholic Church. Grew up in a Baptist Church that was nothing like what I attended. My GGrandfather was a Methodist Precher. My Dad’s family Lutheran. My brother is a Nazarene Minister.

    Despite all the many rules and regulations they mean nothing to me. Just man made rules.
    https://thecrossing.church/

    LOVE my church!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    Exactly. And I am not always a good one. I try.
    Oh man, I trip up ALL. THE. TIME. But, yes, I do keep trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I enjoyed it very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    Added APP.
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