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What I remember from reading the bible is that Jesus never asked for donations like money or anything material. What I recall was he and his apostles where fishing and doing jobs so that they could pay for taxes/bills. I mean he never asked for donations or offerings even after he cure someone. Also he lives a poor life. Then why do churches do the absolute opposite of what Jesus has done? It's becoming harder to choose what religion is much sensible not to mention which christian religion is doing it right.

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I think the question itself is not bad but it does not fit on Q & A format. Possibly you could re-word to ask is their any church guidelines to determine when fund-raising is ethical? Naturally some fund raising would be ethical based on motives and goals and others could just be sheltering crooks wearing religious clothes. You need to make a more answerable question to fit the format of this site. –  Mike Apr 25 '13 at 4:47
Please read this and this. You may want to change your question after reading them. –  Mawia Apr 25 '13 at 5:23
@FFCoder, going by your description, I think you meant "Why do Churches collect money ?". Since any organization, big or small, obviously need money but they all differ in the way they get it. Peter got his money by fish. Early church doesn't have to collect it because people shared everything in common. Today, some churches specifically ask believers while some don't. –  vettipayyan Apr 25 '13 at 9:19
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Your premise is in error. While the New Testament does not specifically address Jesus "taking up collections" or anything like that, it does mention that Judas Iscariot was the treasurer for the early church. (John 13:29) This implies both having enough resources to require a treasurer to manage them, and having some organized way of using these resources, for which a treasurer would be appointed.

Later on, in the early chapters of Acts, we read that the Christians of the Apostolic period had all their property in common, managed by the church, and were under a sacred covenant to do so. So it would be a mistake to think of the church, even at the very earliest points, as not having money or other forms of wealth.

To answer the question of "why do churches always need money," the answer is (assuming, of course, that the church in question is not corrupt) that the church exists to do good and to help people, which frequently requires money. That's a simple fact of life, and has been for thousands of years.

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In addition to the reasons already given, most churches have financial burdens associated with their building, e.g. mortgage, electricity etc. These burdens create a constant need for funds. –  Walter Apr 25 '13 at 7:59
As interesting as those facts about very early christian church are, I don't think they are relevant to FFCoder's question, since s/he compared church to Jesus (in general), not modern church to early church. –  kralyk Jun 7 '13 at 2:05
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