Lost in thought
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
No we don't need to go to church to be loved by God. And to get to heaven what we need to do is to accept Christ as our saviour AND to live that out. Church is where we're to fellowship and also where we're to pay our tithes. Plus there's the whole added bonus of learning more about Him, maybe even of being convicted of something we may be doing wrong or something we may need to do.
As for reading the Bible... well, Christ himself read the Old Testament and quoted it often. And the New Testament is about Him.. It is God's love letter to us and his instruction for how we're to live, it is God breathed, God inspired...
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
If its good enough for God then its good enough for me. If the Bible wasn't to read then He wouldn't have given it to us.
As children of God we have to do more then just love and accept Him. We need to take up our cross and follow Him. (The Bible says this at least five times in just matthew, mark, and luke.) We need to be daily examples of Him and lights for Him. To spread the Gospel. Also as Christians we're accountable for where we make others fall or stumble. If a non-christian sees you not going to church then there's a good chance they'll say church must not be necessary and won't go, even when they need the conviction it could bring (through the Holy Spirit).
True, I know, that there are few churches not entirely filled with hypocrites. But sometimes even the church is where we're to be the biggest light to.
Always God's Girl, Alyssa
He was a man of sorrows
...I am a girl of tears.
[This message has been edited by GG (03-11-2004 03:35 PM).]