Originally posted by Tirau Dan
Can anyone justify the ornate Catholic edifaces, The Modern Charismatic Auditoriums or the Massive Muslim ones. Where is the sense in this expenditure. A hill on open ground would be better and you could share, mix and mingle with others of other faiths.
People can pray and/or meditate anywhere any time.
It's a people thing. People spend their money on what they want.
If it's baseball, then they spend the millions on the stadium (and the salaries!). If it's books, then on a library. To gather with other believers, then some will spend their money on a church or cathedral. The architecture will always reflect the purpose of the building. If it is built as a place where people will gather to honor God, then the building will probably be high and lofty, symbolically declaring its purpose.
People who have different faiths generally don't mix, but when they do it certainly wouldn't be where they are expressing their different faiths; that would just be chaotic. Just as the White Sox and "da' Bares" don't meet on the same field.
Yes, we can pray and meditate anywhere, any time. But we can't gather together to share in our faith and join with each other in fellowship without meeting in once place at the same time.