Wednesday, 27 March, 2019
Why do people go to places of worship?

Why do people go to places of worship?

God is in all places, and we can pray to Him from anywhere; that is what we have been told all our lives, ever since childhood. But if that is the case, then why do we go to temples, mosques, and churches to worship or pray to the Lord in whom we believe? One might argue that there are certain divine vibrations at sacred places due to the sacred chants or rituals performed there, and the statues installed in these religious places, but this may sound like a self-consoling statement. Prayers are supposed to be heard from wherever they are dedicated to the Lord, irrespective of the ambience—but that’s just how I think, and not all would agree with me. Though there are countless reasons for people to visit churches, temples, and mosques, here is a list of few that I have observed to be prominent: Fulfilling a wish- A very obvious and common reason. It is widely believed that if you bow in front of God with an open and clean heart, and ask for something, your request will never go unheard. A religious place is understood to be sacred and blessed by the presence of God; thus it attracts the human race without actually compelling us to visit. To realize that we are not alone- Religious places not only help us to see whether we are alone in our faith, but also help us to learn from other people. There is something reassuring about praying with other people, even strangers, and being surrounded by people who believe the same thing you do. For some, religious places are also safe places, where they can express their thoughts without fear of being criticized by others. Reverse effect- There is an old saying, “The moment you try to go away from Him is the moment He wants you to come closer to Him,” and the reverse effect is an unspoken theory, supposedly adopted by God Himself, to make His presence felt to us. People often go around unsure whether to seek or deny the presence of God, so God at times takes it upon Himself to make sure that His presence is felt in every heartbeat of every human being. Peace of mind- One of the benefits that any religious place provides to its devotees is the peace of mind. It would not be an understatement to say that almost all of them find solace of soul and mind when worshipping the Lord in any temple, church, or mosque. A mere feeling that the human race is a part of the family of God is enough to cushion anyone’s mind, allowing them to surrender their negativity to God and seek clarity of vision

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