Church: Structure and Believers
Catholic and Christians address the house of the Lord “church” and the same with their co-believers “Church”. What is the difference?
The church for them is just simply the structure or the building where they preach and teach the people of God His words and teachings. This structure is obviously not the same as malls, parks, Gym in Sonora, or those that people visit for leisure or just to unwind. The churches are considered holy for its practices or rituals being conducted every week and almost every event or occasion relating to the beliefs of those who believe. The “churches” are structures where people can pray and pour their hearts out with the presence of the Creator using the Saints as the instruments. This is the place where people who have the same belief gather and make peace with each other. A place where they truly know the words of God not by reading it but through listening to the priests or for some, pastors.
On the other hand, the word ‘Church” is the people. The people being invited to enter the house of the Lord and listen to His words. Sometimes you will notice, that every time you attend the service you and other people are being addressed as Church. The “Church” can stand even without the “church” or the structure. As believers, everyone is encouraged to once in a while visit the house of the Lord but no one is required because if you really believe, you do not need a structure. Faith comes from within. Everyone can still pray anytime and anywhere. Anyone can talk to God the moment he or she feels the need of it. People of God knows that God will not judge them based on how often they attend the mass but on how they reflect by His words.