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18-07-2017, 03:16 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

I've never really been Christian before... I mean, I did explore it as a potential option when I was "finding myself," but I was more of an outsider looking in. In my explorations, I went to a variety of churches of many different flavors. One was a megachurch, and BOY was it creepy. I don't recall if this was the first church that I explored, but it was definitely very early on in my explorations.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT was it weird! People had their hands raised up in the air, and they were swaying around, and talking to no one with their eyes closed. And while I would have expected to see "church clothes" most people were dressed come as you are. There was this nutcase at the front running around with a microphone and then at the end of the sermon, a whole bunch of people flooded to the stage to "be saved" which seemed to just consist of a verbal consent to agree to the terms of salvation. There was a lot of crying a lot of carrying on, and an absolute overload of "feels."

This is in stark contrast to Jewish services, which people just want to get over and done with as quickly as possible so we can go eat.
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18-07-2017, 03:40 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 02:31 PM)TheInquisition Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

Watch Joel Osteen on Sunday, it's McChurch served up in convenient Happy Meal size.

Everything about it is processed for mass consumption.

Osteen's mega church goers got suckered into giving him this mega house.

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Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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18-07-2017, 03:51 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 03:40 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 02:31 PM)TheInquisition Wrote:  Watch Joel Osteen on Sunday, it's McChurch served up in convenient Happy Meal size.

Everything about it is processed for mass consumption.

Osteen's mega church goers got suckered into giving him this mega house.

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Matthew 19:23-24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. You know what, scratch that.

All that shit I said about giving away all your things to the poor?
Forget it. Lemme see some of that bling! Hell, since I'm God, Imma make it rain up in here! Oh, and that business about not turning my temple into a den of thieves, that's optional. Because what's more pious than chomping on a big mac and clogging up your colon when you're supposed to be cleansing your soul?

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18-07-2017, 04:34 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 03:16 PM)Aliza Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

I've never really been Christian before... I mean, I did explore it as a potential option when I was "finding myself," but I was more of an outsider looking in. In my explorations, I went to a variety of churches of many different flavors. One was a megachurch, and BOY was it creepy. I don't recall if this was the first church that I explored, but it was definitely very early on in my explorations.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT was it weird! People had their hands raised up in the air, and they were swaying around, and talking to no one with their eyes closed. And while I would have expected to see "church clothes" most people were dressed come as you are. There was this nutcase at the front running around with a microphone and then at the end of the sermon, a whole bunch of people flooded to the stage to "be saved" which seemed to just consist of a verbal consent to agree to the terms of salvation. There was a lot of crying a lot of carrying on, and an absolute overload of "feels."

This is in stark contrast to Jewish services, which people just want to get over and done with as quickly as possible so we can go eat.

Aliza, it's very suprising that you went to a Christian church to "find yourself". I would have never guessed that a nice Jewish girl like you would do such a terrible thing like that. Tisk-tisk. Didn't you ever listen to your mother? Oy.....or whatever.

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Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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18-07-2017, 04:47 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 04:34 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 03:16 PM)Aliza Wrote:  I've never really been Christian before... I mean, I did explore it as a potential option when I was "finding myself," but I was more of an outsider looking in. In my explorations, I went to a variety of churches of many different flavors. One was a megachurch, and BOY was it creepy. I don't recall if this was the first church that I explored, but it was definitely very early on in my explorations.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT was it weird! People had their hands raised up in the air, and they were swaying around, and talking to no one with their eyes closed. And while I would have expected to see "church clothes" most people were dressed come as you are. There was this nutcase at the front running around with a microphone and then at the end of the sermon, a whole bunch of people flooded to the stage to "be saved" which seemed to just consist of a verbal consent to agree to the terms of salvation. There was a lot of crying a lot of carrying on, and an absolute overload of "feels."

This is in stark contrast to Jewish services, which people just want to get over and done with as quickly as possible so we can go eat.

Aliza, it's very suprising that you went to a Christian church to "find yourself". I would have never guessed that a nice Jewish girl like you would do such a terrible thing like that. Tisk-tisk. Didn't you ever listen to your mother? Oy.....or whatever.

Big Grin

I was very much rebelling. That's how Jewish kids rebel; we go to church.

When I was a kid, church and any Christian functions were strictly prohibited. I couldn't even attend my friend's church spaghetti dinner, even though I wasn't kosher at the time.

I see now that every kid should be raised like that.
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18-07-2017, 05:21 PM
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Don't forget about the equally heinous Joyce (The Joker) Meyer.

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18-07-2017, 05:32 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 05:21 PM)pablo Wrote:  Don't forget about the equally heinous Joyce (The Joker) Meyer.

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Urgh... Another millionaire for Jesus. The hypocrisy of these preachers -- it's just... It hits me like a sucker punch sometimes. I kind of feel sorry for Jesus. He goes around preaching about meekness and charity, then gets executed humiliatingly, and then his most visible and effective 'disciples' completely flout his message for personal gain.

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18-07-2017, 05:46 PM
RE: Megachurches
For those who remember when Jim Bakker and Tammy Fay had their televangelist show and the subsequent scandal.....

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(You might need to enlarge it to read the last cell) It's STILL funny even after all these years. Laugh out load

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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18-07-2017, 07:08 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 05:46 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  For those who remember when Jim Bakker and Tammy Fay had their televangelist show and the subsequent scandal.....

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(You might need to enlarge it to read the last cell) It's STILL funny even after all these years. Laugh out load

Jim Bakker sells food for the apocalypse:




Gods derive their power from post-hoc rationalizations. -The Inquisition

Using the supernatural to explain events in your life is a failure of the intellect to comprehend the world around you. -The Inquisition
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18-07-2017, 07:13 PM
RE: Megachurches
Never been to a mega-church, but I would be interested in going to one simply for the experience. My sister has very religious friend who hates mega-churches. Something about them being not what Jesus intended. Not entirely sure I disagree, but that sounds dangerously close to No True Christian territory.
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