CONDUITS CAN BE INSPIRATIONAL AND STIMULATE THE SPIRIT BUT THEY ARE NOT A DIRECT PIPELINE FOR "SALVATION" NOR IS THE BUILDING WHICH IS CALLED CHURCH OR TEMPLE.
In all my years attending church as a priest and parishioner the one thing that stood out was, ~~ it became apparent that many parishioners came to church to be seen, not to make a personal connection with God! They believe that by being seen, they would be looked upon as religious and a good person. Now, I must say that this condition was enhanced by my Mother church of Greek Orthodoxy because it also served as a gathering of countrymen sharing a common bond of heritage. Many parishioners had just migrated to the US knowing very little about the culture and language.
This photo is of Saint Sophia looking to the alter. I gave many sermons and performed many sacraments here in this church. Can you imagine the distractions the faithful had to deal with in this beautiful environment?
The golden rules for all Religions are:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Be a Philoptohos (friend of the poor in Greek)
Be a Philanthropos ( Philanthropic in Greek)
~~~ Stephen Hill ~~~
You will therefore achieve Unity, Peace Love and Light with the world