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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
What means church according to bible
And that is merely the meaning of church.
church means congregation=
congregation means assembly gathering,
an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
( often initial capital letter ) Government . a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the new york State Assembly.
an assembly or meeting.
an assemblage of people; group or crowd.
a collection, assemblage, or compilation of anything.
the act of a person or thing that gathers.
something that is gathered together.
a gather or a series of gathers in cloth.
if you replace the word church with gathering or assembly the word becomes clear and plain in most of the passages, that's why they mentions the church in the wilderness, it is a hint, I don't know if when they translated it was an accepted concept that Israel and the church was an unique and indivisible concept. Maybe them church was just a synonym to assembly which was twisted somehow to mean an institution or something related to a secular men ordinances. the same thing happened with Israel, it appears to exist a concept which considers the Israel of the bible a mere secular nation, but is no other thing than the a surname or name for The people of God.
So then according to our belifef , Israel in the Bible is people of God no matter in which country they are, church in the bible is people of God gathered no matter in which country or place they are, church is Israel, Israel is church.
The different concept for Christians precisely is that the congregation changed denomination because of the recognition of Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour.
there is no secular country nor human institution which can define an spiritual entity. Because the spiritual entity is defined by God not by men, and the reason why in the revelations is mentioned the twelve tribes only is precisely because all the congregations are inserted into Israel. If you consider a word which clearly states that there is something called church that is different than spiritual Israel , I think there is no, there is only words naming Greeks and Hebrews, those who had the circumcision and those who didn't , but those where matters of debate of that time (but in some way there are matters which have resemblance on actual christian denominations) if something was a complicated concept tell me because I am writing as it comes to my mind...