Cyber Churches Gaining
With cyber-churches gaining in popularity, what are your thoughts? Can interacting with a church and members on the Internet be as effective as physically attending church service, or is this a case of taking technology too far?
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---AlwaysOn on 11/16/09
Helpful Blog Vote (4)
I'm a Minister and had my own Church for many years. But when I became disabled my life took a turn. I was no longer able to attend or hold my own services. So I feel the Web Churches do give a great aid to those who are disabled!
---Rev._Karen_Davis on 12/14/09|
Cyber churches will never take the place of a real church. But I would recommended a cyber church to someone who was ill or a shut-in who could not attend church. But only then. Once you recover,if ever,go back to your regular church, as quickly as possible.
A cyber church does not offer friensdship,fellowship, hugging and interacting with others as Christ would have us to do. Christians need one another to continue to grow and mature along this journey. There are many benefits in believers, being there for one another.
---Robyn on 11/27/09|
Cyber Churches should not strive to take the place of physical Christian fellowship. A handshake, hug, or holding hands with others in prayer cannot be duplicated on a computer. Cyber churches should be available to enhance the Christian community until the next time people gather together, in a home, at a park, in a building, coffee shop, or church. If you needed a doctor to make you well or operate on you, would you want cyber-surgery? You may be able to get medical advice or diagnosis information online but you need the physical contact with doctors and nurses to heal....
---Roger1296 on 11/22/09|
It's not taking technology too far. A cyber church can be a great blessing to those who cannot find, or get to a church. It can also be a hindrance to spiritual growth for some. Some choose the cyber-church so they can avoid personal accountability and face-to-face interaction.
---Donna66 on 11/22/09|
That's true. On the other hand, God won't judge one unfairly, although other people may well do so (and unfortunately, there are even a lot of Christians who judge people unfairly, which can cause people to hesitate to trust them.)
---StrongAxe on 11/19/09|
If christians cannot learn to develop a close personal relationship with others face-to-face, how are they going to ever develop a personal relationship with God?
---Steveng on 11/19/09|
Amanda ... You clearly don't read the newspapers. They have reported many cases where deviants have cultivated relationships with innocent children, arranged meetings, and then abused them.
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/19/09|
Definetly NOT taking technology too far. What about the priests that slept with little boys? What about the creeps who plague the Protestant churches? Problem solved through the internet! Never have to get close to those kinds of people. :D
---amand6348 on 11/18/09|
Bringing together a few friends to your home is a thousandfold better than a virtual "chruch." It is writen that where two or more are gathered in Jesus' name, there he is also. The christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches." It is also written that christians must meet daily to keep from detouring off the road to the Kingdom of God.
2 Corinthians 11:28
And remember this, for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
---Steveng on 11/18/09|
I am only making the suggestion for people who do not have a better alternative for attending a religious service or bible study of their choice. Christians who can attend services of their preference definitely would not care for this alternative form of worship or bible study.
I was institutionalized for about 14 years until the spring of 2009 and still don't drive or have dependable transportation to attend a church of my choice. To me and other Christians in similar circumstances potentially be a viable alternative.
In general small churches can't afford to do this with in their budget constraints. So it would have to be funded on a denomination or regional level as a special missions activity.
---The_Friendly_Blogger on 11/18/09|
They may be, I don't think that one can interact with an internet church. It is not as effective as physically attending a Church service, One needs the fellowship with the other Church members. A Church is not a web site or even a building--it's the people. That not to say that a Church shouldn't have a web page for information or to podcast sermons so they can be listened to again or shared with others. Technology can have it's place, whether good or bad, time will tell."
---Sissy3396 on 11/18/09|
Great points and thanks to all for sharing your opinions. As the world changes and technology advances, I'm sure conversations like these will become more commonplace. You all have made some very good points for both sides of the argument.
The_Friendly_Blogger, your suggestion is very similar to where my question stems. I read a CNN article about of churches doing some of these things, which is deemed controversial, and is the reason I asked the group.
I recall reading about a man in another country (can't recall where) that attends an American church service online as there is no fellowship in his area. This, I think, is a fine example of the up side of the issue.
---AlwaysOn on 11/17/09|
May be we should take a tangent, and explore how the Internet and computers can be effectively utilized to have an interactive worship experience. Some of the group conferencing software might be a potential answer. Interactive exchange with graphic and voice possibilities, music where appropriate.
We might not have a true worship service but it could be possible to have small group discussion using Internet conferencing technology. Let us come up with Ideas on how to use the Internet and computers to achieve an interactive realtime worship or small group Bible study experience.
---The_Friendly_Blogger on 11/17/09|
Satan is the god of this world. It has always been so. In any Christian venue, whether a flesh-and-blood church, or a TV ministry, or a Christian web site, there will always be wheat and tares. This has also always been so. If you truly believe that the internet is Satan's domain and that God doesn't want people here, then you should get off this web site and unplug your computer from the internet. The fact that you still chat here means that at some level you DO believe that some useful fellowship can come out of it.
---StrongAxe on 11/17/09|
If you are TRULY yoked to Jesus, TRULY following and obeying His Word, praying everyday, worshipping Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit, and you want to minister or share what God has instilled in you with people on the internet, it's okay to do so once in a while.
However, the internet is the prince of the power of the air. You will get alot of fake people on the internet. Users. People who will not be sincere, etc.,
God desires TRUE fellowship with His children, not through a computer.
---Donna on 11/17/09|
You don't know me. You only know me by what I write. Many people have classified me as being ungodly because I don't conform to their doctrines. This holds true even if Jesus were on these blogs. He would be nothing more than just another person with his own opinions.
Nothing compares to face-to-face fellowship with one another. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag." Can any of these verses be accomplished having blind relationships?
Even God seeks to have a personal relationship with His people.
---Steveng on 11/16/09|
mima: "Without the clash of ideas..."
The bible is not a clash of ideas. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism. The clash of ideas are the philosophies and wrong and shallow answers built upon man's thoughts and ideas. Don't let others spoil your faith and joy in Christ by these.
"...there can be no real debate."
The Word of God says to stay away from idle chitchat, debates, and conspiracies.
---Steveng on 11/16/09|
first off i agree with Friendly blogger =)
yet also agree with Cluny...
does a cyberchurch have a outreach ministry?
i can see how it could be encouraging,
say, You work two jobs,or disabled,financial challenged and cant get to R/L church,or maybe in Your stand for truth You have been kicked out of ALL the local churches...
if You pray for Your friend is it any less effective if they do not know You are praying for them?
it is like the saying," Godisnowhere "
some see it as,"God is nowhere" others as
" God is now here " both are truth God is everywhere =)
---kevin on 11/16/09|
The same questions could be asked about "radio churches", which have claimed to be a just recipient of tithes and offerings.
Can a radio/internet church baptize people? Celebrate the Eucharist? Visit the sick? Feed the hungry? Consel the doubtful? Bury the dead? Harbor the homeless? Clothe the naked?
Therefore it follows that a radio/internet church is NO CHURCH AT ALL!
---Cluny on 11/16/09|
Good question!!! This question of course is being asked by many people. Exactly what is the answer? I do not know. Is taking part in Christianet be considered "gathering ourselves together"? I do believe that the give-and-take enjoyed here to be very beneficial to all concerned.
Without the clash of ideas there can be no real debate. And there has never been nor will there ever be a more important subject than salvation. I believe the time is coming when if you're not a member of one of the big native churches great persecution will be your lot. It is at that time that the cyber- churches will really shine!
---mima on 11/16/09|
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I would generally say no if you have an effective alternative.
If you are in a remote location on in a situation where you can not attend services because of logistics or physical condition it could be your only alternative.
---The_Friendly_Blogger on 11/16/09|