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Is it right for someone to be kicked out of a church just because you are asking questions? Should someone be kicked out because they ask a question such as..."If God is all high and mighty, then why do we have to give him our money and put it in the gold container? Why can't you sell the gold container and get a plastic bucket or something?" Is that really a good reason to kick someone out of a church?

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Wow.  I'd like to think this wouldn't happen--neither the argumentative, disruptive behavior nor the excommunication from the church.  Both are extreme and seem fairly unrealistic to me.

Shame on any church who uses gold offering containers. (Nice Proctor reference above, by the way.)  The message that sends is horrific; it's wasteful and obnoxious and almost deserving of such an outburst. Almost. 

Shame on anyone who chooses such a public forum to make such an rude, obnoxious comment--however true it may be. Most people are willing to engage in a dialogue if they don't feel they'll be ambushed by sarcasm and anger.  It's possible to be forceful and righteous without being combative.

One of the beautiful things about America and God are that you can find a church anywhere and God is present everywhere (omnipresent).  There is absolutely no need to attend and support a church which practices things you don't want to support.  Plenty of churches and planty of believers would gladly welcome you and engage in reasonable dialogue about things you may not agree with or understand.  Keep looking! 

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I would kick that person out whether it is right or not. Period. Nobody has the right to interfere with people who are trying to find some form of peace of mind. Therefore, that person is literally "altering the peace" which we all know is reason enough not only to get kicked out but to be put under arrest.

Whether I agree with the person or not is independent. I, too, have thousands of questions I'd love to ask a couple of priests myself but I wouldn't be so backwards as to choose to do it in the most inappropriate of moments. Defeats the point, doesn't it?

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Your comments actually remind me of John Proctor's objection to Rev. Hale's tactics in The Crucible. Hale wanted ornate candlesticks, and Proctor didn't see the need for such things in a church.

It is certainly your right to question practices that you see occurring in a church.  In fact, if you simply sat in church and absorbed everything you were told, you would not benefit from the teachings in the long run.  Just remember, though, that if you truly want to find the truth to an answer or if you want to shed light on what you view as a problem, you have to approach the person you are questioning in a tactful manner.  It's one thing to bluntly put your opinion out there--yes, you got to have your say--but if your real objective is to bring about change or at least to understand someone else's view, you have to ask for that opinion in a respectful manner.

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I would agree that we probably need "the rest of the story" to give a real good answer. As other posters have stated, there is a time and place to ask those types of questions. If it were done appropriately I would think that most churches would allow the person to stay in the church.

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It depends on the circumstance in which the statement was made.  Were you in the middle of service?  Were you rude when you made the statement.  It sounds like a...

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I agree with most of the comments. There is a time and place for everything, and I believe that a comment about a gold money collection container in a church would be both insulting and inappropriate.

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God would never ostrasize anyone for being inquisitive. Even if a question makes no sense it should approached as an oppurtunity to teach and enlighten.

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This is an absolutely relevant question that forces Christians confront themselves, which they don't like. So it probably will get you chucked out.

Despite Jesus saying that the uneven accumulation of wealth was bad and the fact that HE HIMSELF kicked the money-lenders out of 'his father's house'... well, surprise surprise, the Vatican has A BANK! And all churches of all demoninations are stuffed full of gold and rich people.

While you read this post, approximately two children died of treatable diseases or starvation. While poor people suffer, we should all be standing up in church, loudly demanding to know why God's hypocritical executors seem very keen to amass the wealth of his flock for their own aggrandisment, against the wishes of Jesus.

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