I just watched the 7th edition of Season 1 of "Building Giants" and this episode highlighted the construction of what will be the tallest Church in the World when it's finished. The Sagrada Familia was actually started in 1882 (approx 136 years ago) according to the Sagrada Familia Wikipedia Page
They are trying to get things mostly finished by the 100th year anniversary of the Architect Antoni Gaudi. For those wanting to see the Church, they charge an admission fee of from $18.82 to $36.38 to help cover the annual $28 (million dollars) budget depending on what type of tour you want. I'm wondering are they going to charge once they start holding services there as they do at the National Cathedral, in Washington which I've included some links to below.
What I'm wondering, as a Christian, is what would Christ/God think (WWJT)about these huge Churches so ornate, massive and expensive and have some lost sight of what basic Christianity is all about? How do these mega Churches fit in with scriptures like found in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6?
Matthew 6:1-7 (NLT)
1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.
2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.
6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
The National Cathedral, in Washington DC, charges adults $12.00 for evening worship times and it is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.