Are you assuming people wouldn’t form other humanitarian organizations? “The Church” isnt an entity upon itself - its a large organization with many philanthropic members. Were it disbanded, those members would still want to help others.[/quote]
your right, people could form other humanitarian organizations. we could call it the Center for Science in the Public Interest . . .
seriously though, the best bang for your buck is generally through churches. a friend on mine that used to work for united way said only 10 cents on the dollar reached a person in need. that is a horrible statistic. [/quote]
That figure of 10% is spot on. In addition to that United Way is famous for helping fund feminist causes and planned parent hood. Certainly others may disagree, but that’s not where I want my hard earned dollars going.
I give to various causes but I make sure that they are local and I know where the money is going. For example, someone in need of a kidney transplant, or other major surgery. And of course I give to my Church every Sunday.
It’s interesting how some people actually believe that other organizations would step up if there were no Church. They have that same false impression about good morals being taken up by others if there were no Church. Both are absolutely false! The Church whether you love it or hate it is the difference between some eating properly or going without. And the same can be said for its moral guidance. If someday there is no Church and no Christianity, that will be the end of civilization as we know it.