One relationship that has a drastic effect on one’s thoughts about God is the church. The individuals that go to church to fellowship can positively or negatively affect the ideas one has on society and God.
As individuals who is visiting a church for the first time, do they receive positive or negative affect from the congregation? Or are they being sold Christianity or membership in the that local church. Is the congregation inclusive or exclusive? Is there a significant difference for this individual from the rest of the world.
The church is the body of Christ and Christ Jesus is the head of the church. The church relates to the visitor as Jesus related to the individual. A new visitor should feel as they they have met Jesus through the people of the church. This relationship with the new visitor is directly correlated with the church’ s relationship with Jesus and God.
The thought and ideas of the new visitor about God and Jesus is directly related to the interpersonal interaction with the congregation. The positive or negative affect expressed by the church and the reception of that affect by the visitor is directly correlated to the church’s ideas and relationship to God. This primary relationship with God should directly affect how one speaks and acts towards the new visitor. In turn, one’s interpersonal interaction will affect the views of God for both parties.
These social interactions and deeper relationship render a concept of God and society as a whole. To have someone comprehend the grace of God through the church will render a positive thought and affect of God. The church is not perfectly holy since the church consists of individuals what fall into sin on occasion. In understanding thing, visitors of the church will experience the difference between the church and the rest of the world. Jesus showed the church grace through his sacrifice upon the cross for the sins of the world. May God be glorified.