You Want Me To Do WHAT????
Many religions depend on ritual. There are prescriptive requirements and practices which bring the thought of God into daily life.
For example, in Islam, each person is required to obstain from certain foods and alcohol, pray at certain times a day prostrate toward Mecca, and take a pilgrimmage at least once in their lives.
In Judaism, there are certain ritual practices relating to dress, cleanliness, food preparation, etcetera.
Catholic Christians and some who are considered Protestant Christians have services, liturgies and practices which are ritualistic in nature.
In these religions which have a common root, as well other world religions, ritual tends to bring God to the minds of those who participate in them. If one must think of a ritual everyday with regard to food preparation, that ritual brings God into a person's daily life.
My questions is, are we, those of us who come from "minimalist" Christian heritage, at an advantage or disadvantage with regard to ritual? Since we have so very few rituals, do we miss something in our daily existence? Should Christians create their own rituals to this effect in their own lives? Is binding people to ritual a good or bad thing? Do we bind people to rituals which have no basis in scripture? Do we need to bind ourselves to ritual to feel closer to God?
What do you think?
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