What's the Point of the Church?
I am a Catholic and the Catholic Church will be my focus, as i believe her to be the Church of Christ.
Today some people may go to church for the wrong reasons. Some go to be seen by others to increase self or family respect, some go to have a chat and others attend simply to see who is present. The true and only reason for people to attend church is to worship God. When you attend church you should set your heart and mind to worship and love Jesus.
In today's society some see no point for the churches existence and that train of thought is wrong. The church has a point and it is there for like minded people to pray to and worship God in groups and to remember the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ made for you, me, your family and everyone in existence past, present and future.
Some people might suggest that they give sufficient worship and love to God and Jesus at their home or where-ever else they go to, which may be true. But the one thing the church offers that is absolutely brilliant, is the opportunity of group worship, for didn't Jesus say:
"I say to you further, that if two of you shall agree on earth about anything at all for which they ask, it shall be done for them by my father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together for my sake, there am I in the midst of them."
--- Matthew 18:19-20
At church we have the chance of group worship, Holy Confession and we also get the opportunity to receive Holy Communion, which is not only the re-enactment and the remembrance of Jesus Christ's Last Supper but is also Jesus Christ's Body and Blood which He gave up to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist, receive Him worthily in the form of Holy Communion.
For I myself have received from the Lord (what I also delivered to you), that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks and broke, and said, "This is my body which shall be given up for you; do this in remembrance of me." In like manner also the cup, after he had supped, saying, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood; do this often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he comes." Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup; For he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgement to himself.
--- Cor I 11:23-29
It is true that some peoples life's have been affected badly by the horrendous mistakes of some priests, but one should not label all priests or the church by the terrible mistakes of a few. On the internet today there is allot of rumors and self proclaimed prophecies going around that puts the Catholic Church in a bad light, please do not be lead a stray by the assumptions of a few people, instead seek for yourself in the Bible and Catechism the answers with the help and guidance of God. Also another good place to check out for more information on the Catholic Church and what She stands for is the Catholic forums.
Please don't let society put you off the Church because Jesus Christ knows why you attend and no man has the power to dirty or corrupt prayer when your heart is set on worshiping God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in truth and love.