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The nearer the Church, the farther from God

Possible interpretation: 1) The implication is that those who are most involved in any religious system, its organizers and high priests, are in danger of separating themselves from God. 2) If written as "The nearer the church, the farther from God", the implication might be a warning about placing too much importance on material buildings, and a reminder that God is everywhere.

Note: church (noun) = a building where Christians worship God | the Church (noun) = a Christian organization (for example, the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England) | farther or further (adverb) = more distant | Compare Eastern proverb: "The nearer the temple, the farther from The Buddha." | Compare Yiddish proverb: "The nearer the synagogue, the farther from God."

Quick Quiz:

The saying "The nearer the church, the farther from God" may suggest that God
  1. lives in a church
  2. lives near a church
  3. is omnipresent

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