You do not need to go to church to accomplish that.
I was raised in the church and was a born again christian for 15 years till I started to think for myself.
What I realized was there were way more lies spewed from within organized religion. It was a huge turnoff.
I prefer to think my life has more meaning than serving some God others claim i should worship.
If God is in desperate need of my love or me worshiping him/her then he is not so great after all IMO
So, I do believe in God, but my God does not punish nor judge, My God also has a sense of humor.
Sorry if I hurt your feelings
I'll be in church for part of Sunday and watching football part of Sunday. I'll spend part of Sunday nights working with kids in the community at a church playing sports games, teaching some bible verses and trying to impart some real world life skills using experiences I've had in my life, a number of them sports related. Sometimes I'll make it home in time to see the 2nd half of the Sunday night game. Many of these kids will be kids who have never otherwise been in a church, the parents, more likely the single parent, is dropping them off to take a break for a couple of hours.
I'm not surprised that you would have a bad experience with a religious organization there are misguided people in all walks of life. Religious leaders, teachers, counselors, politicians, parents, everywhere. I don't take offense at anything you have said but I am concerned that people who read your comments would be mislead.
God does not need our love or worship................. He is God.
However people in this world, our neighbors, community members, friends and relatives, can use the love of God as shown through us.
By the way when Atheists want to show love and help others, and many do, I'll stand right along side them work together, and high five them when we're done. I'll join their FF league and do my best to make sure I beat them every time!
You are correct that you don't need to go to church in order to accomplish any of this, but if someone is fortunate enough to find the right group of people with a common goal to love and help others you will find that you can be a part of something that does amazing things.
God does not need our money, he is doing OK from my understanding. People in my community could use monetary and other help many churches provide. People around the world can for that matter.
Jesus Christ in the bible was far more critical of the religious hierarchy of the times than he was of general humanity and I'm sure the same is true right now. Sorry you had a bad experience with the people you knew.
The dude preferred to hang with the kids and sinners. God was and is about love