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: Compare Eastern proverb: "The nearer the temple, the farther from The Buddha." | Compare Yiddish proverb: "The nearer the synagogue, the farther from God."
the Church (noun - note capital C): a Christian organization (for example, the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England)
farther / further (adverb): more distant
The saying "The nearer the church, the farther from God" may suggest that God
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Contributor: Josef Essberger