Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why Have Churches?

Churches are best for bringing together people on similar spiritual paths so they can compare notes and gain insights from one another and help each other along their separate ways.

Churches are also good for reminding us we are all spiritual beings -- whether we take the time to contemplate ourselves as such or not.

Churches are repositories of the spiritual paths of long-dead travelers. Their stories offer us insights into our own individual journeys. Insights, not road maps.

Churches can be great at organizing people's talents, energy, and compassion to bring about positive changes in the world around them. This organizing potential is a double-edged sword, though. There is, after all, power in numbers, and power corrupts even the best among us.

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