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‘Private worship has more meaning for a Christian than public worship.’ (12 marks)

In the Bible it teaches liturgical worship, therefore most Christians believe that private worship and public worship have no level above another because you are taught to follow a set worship not whether it should be public or private. Contrastingly, in the Lord's Prayer it states "Art father in heaven" therefore some Christians may argue that as you are talking to the "father" you should be speaking in private as it is a prayer to God. In conclusion whilst both arguments were strong the argument in support of the statement is stronger as liturgical worship is a way to pray not who to pray with.

In Catholicism, the Nicene Creed is predominantly recited as a community within a Church, therefore most Catholics believe that public worship in a community has more meaning than private as you are praying with your peers. Contrastingly, in the Lord's prayer it states "forgive us for our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" therefore most Christians believe as you are repenting to God (the Father) you should be worshiping privately to show your thankfulness to God. In conclusion, whilst both arguments were strong the argument in support of the statement is stronger as many prayers are recited as a community even religious songs are sung together.

In conclusion, whilst both arguments were strong the arguments in support of the statement are stronger as liturgical worship is described in the Bible and it teaches to follow a set way of prayer not whether or not it should be private, if that was the case Churches would not be built. This can also be shown as despite you are speaking to God (the Father) there is no hierarchy in praying between private and public.

Thanks for any help :smile:
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Original post by xbxyi
‘Private worship has more meaning for a Christian than public worship.’ (12 marks)
In the Bible it teaches liturgical worship, therefore most Christians believe that private worship and public worship have no level above another because you are taught to follow a set worship not whether it should be public or private. Contrastingly, in the Lord's Prayer it states "Art father in heaven" therefore some Christians may argue that as you are talking to the "father" you should be speaking in private as it is a prayer to God. In conclusion whilst both arguments were strong the argument in support of the statement is stronger as liturgical worship is a way to pray not who to pray with.
In Catholicism, the Nicene Creed is predominantly recited as a community within a Church, therefore most Catholics believe that public worship in a community has more meaning than private as you are praying with your peers. Contrastingly, in the Lord's prayer it states "forgive us for our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" therefore most Christians believe as you are repenting to God (the Father) you should be worshiping privately to show your thankfulness to God. In conclusion, whilst both arguments were strong the argument in support of the statement is stronger as many prayers are recited as a community even religious songs are sung together.
In conclusion, whilst both arguments were strong the arguments in support of the statement are stronger as liturgical worship is described in the Bible and it teaches to follow a set way of prayer not whether or not it should be private, if that was the case Churches would not be built. This can also be shown as despite you are speaking to God (the Father) there is no hierarchy in praying between private and public.
Thanks for any help :smile:

I’m not a teacher and know nothing about your syllabus but to me your answer is a bit lacking in arguments. The following 2 links may give you some more ideas for and against private/ public worship
https://banneroftruth.org/us/resources/articles/2020/public-worship-is-to-be-preferred-over-private/#:~:text=In%20private%20you%20provide%20for,greatest%20works%20in%20public%20worship.
https://threadsuk.com/behind-closed-doors-why-private-worship-might-be-more-important-than-public-worship/amp
I always learnt the Lord’s Prayer as « Our » father that art in heaven. The « our » could be construed as plural and therefore advocate group worship whereas my father would be individual and private.
These are just my thoughts, I have no knowledge of mark schemes etc.
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