A recent Pew Research Center survey found that the overwhelming majority of Americans, 88%, believe in a “divinely ordained” or “holy” church.
But when you think of a religious community, what comes to mind?
It’s often the congregation of an ancient Jewish sect, like the Talmud, or the ancient Greek church, like Christianity.
That may be the case for some people who grew up in a secular or liberal culture, but not others.
If you have a strong belief in God or a belief in a church, but are unsure if you belong to a religious denomination, here are a few questions to ask yourself.
How often do you attend religious services?
What’s your religious affiliation?
How many people are members of your faith community?
Who do you consider your spiritual adviser?
Do you believe that the Bible, the Christian bible, the Bible itself, or some other book written by an ancient author is the word of God?
Do you have any other spiritual beliefs?
Does your religion offer any religious rituals?
Do religious practices such as fasting, praying, and singing take place outside the home or in private settings?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re probably part of a Christian faith community.
In fact, there’s even a word for a Christian community.
The Bible is sometimes referred to as a “Christian community.”
A Christian church, also known as a faith congregation, is a community of Christians in which people who have a belief system and share a common identity can meet in worship, fellowship, and service.
It’s not always clear what type of religious group a person is a part of.
For example, some people might be part of religious groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the United Church of Christ, but they’re not part of the larger church.
The word “faith” has historically been used as a catchall term for many different kinds of religious beliefs, such as theism or atheism.
For more information, check out the Religion section of our site.
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