Religion has a very different place in people’s lives than barely half a century ago. It used to be commonplace to go to church every Sunday and barely a soul grumbled about it. But nowadays, more and more individuals are acting like Homer Simpson and wondering if it wouldn’t be better to sleep in and stay toasty in bed.

Well, one place that certainly knows how to get the attention of both the faithful and non-believers and make them laugh and think, is Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church in New York. It uses hilarious (and sometimes deep) signs to make comments about religion and the world.

We’ve collected some of the best signs from Wantagh Church, so upvote the ones you enjoyed reading and share ‘em with your pals if you think they’re in need of a chuckle or two. Have you seen any amusing church signs, dear Pandas? What do you think the positive aspects of faith are? Share your opinions with us down below.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Pastor Ron Garner of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church explained the inspiration for the witty signs and talked about the role of religion in the 21st century.

“Our church is located on a very busy street in Wantagh. I want to convey to the public that Christianity doesn't have to be staid. I also want to convey to passersby that I believe people who follow Jesus are not called to be apolitical but are called to take social justice issues seriously. We are a small congregation but we have new members who came because of our signs.”

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Daria Z
Community Member
8 months ago

If only more "believers" understood that.

DP von Icecream
Community Member
8 months ago

Hear, hear!

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Blueplanet
Community Member
8 months ago

this logic is so simple, yet many do not understand

Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

Cannot upvote this enough!

Mark Fuller
Community Member
8 months ago

How reassuring to know I'm not off to hell. I'm a kind atheist who likes to treat others as I'd wish to be treated, believes we should live and let live; and be responsible custodians of the planet. Not some bible nazi who judges the rest of the world on their own narrow, prejudice and intolerant views.

acacia grace
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm sorry but that isn't the case. Sadly 'goodness' doesn't get you into heaven. Faith does. All humans, christian and non christian, make mistakes. Your 'kindness' has no part in your salvation.

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Mark Mac Donald
Community Member
8 months ago

why do people need gods to treat others with respect? As an atheist, I treat people with respect. It worries me that so many billions of people need an imaginary friend to tell them not to kill or steal. It comes naturally to me

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

I replied, commented many times, the posts are gone. Why BP????

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Dan Pieniak
Community Member
8 months ago

Some of the most vile and meanest people I have met in my life, were very religious. If you did not believe in their God or go to their church, they would curse you and say you are going to hell.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

This is exactly what I mean when I say people don't worship God, they love so much, they PLAY God.

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elfin
Community Member
8 months ago

For too many people "Christianity" is just a good word to hide behind. They can avoid all responsibility for what they say and do if God approves of them.

CP
Community Member
8 months ago

I like to point out when religious people give me gruff for being agnostic, that I am good for no no other reason than to be good and you are a good person because you believe you will be rewarded in the afterlife.

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Baby Clanger
Community Member
8 months ago

So well said, going to church seems to be a get out of jail free thing for some church goers to be as mean and cruel as they like all week but go to church to be forgiven for all there sins during the week!!!!

CP
Community Member
8 months ago

My very Religious Uncle for some reason made the point that Hitler could be in Heaven if he repented for his sins, but I would never make it because I don't believe. I mean if God is that petty...

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
8 months ago

yes!! i also think that it's better to be a kind and just person to everyone rather than be a devoted believer but act like a mad dog to everyone else who don't

Mark Fuller
Community Member
8 months ago

Too many wonderful messages to comment on, so a post at the top will do. I am an atheist. No regrets, no apologies. It's very much an educated and informed opinion. I fluctuate from respecting the rights of all to practice religion, to seeing how much hatred and intolerance it breeds that I have no respect at all for it. But this church needs calling out and commending for the healthy, wholesome and equitable views it holds, irrespective of whether or not you believe in a god. This should just be the way community and society function. So sad that this is not the case. But hats off to a church that would make me walk through the door and say, "keep up the good work. Thank you!"

Terd Fergison
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Mark Fuller, do you think that these signs in a way are all just commercials? To me it seems to be propaganda getting more people away from science and trying to indoctrinate them into detrimental superstition. Yeah, it’s hopey, peacey. But, it’s all in service of harmful b.s. Why can’t there be more billboards like this celebrating science and all of its benefits (such as diseases scientists have cured)?

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Kjorn
Community Member
8 months ago

so many hateful christians in the bible belt

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

....again, not just Christians, there is a lot of hate in non-Christian land.

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Missy Barton
Community Member
8 months ago

Say it louder for the people in the back!

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

Thank you, that' s me! (At least, I try to be kind every day)

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
8 months ago

So do I!

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
8 months ago

I never get why some of the Christians are so mad about the fact that not everyone will live according to the Bible. (I mean neither do they 100%) but still. I mean I'm a Christian, but like, if someone doesn't believe in the same things at me be it religious or not, I don't hate them for it. I want to hear about their beliefs, and culture if I don't know anything about them. And I really fail to understand why hate is still an issue ESPECIALLY considering Christianity TEACHES ABOUT LOVE AND ACCEPTING OTHERS. What went wrong??

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

Once again - this is your answer Shinomi: "If you have men who will exclude ANY of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi This is what was, went wrong!!!!

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Sandi O'Boyle
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8 months ago

WOW!

Non-New-Toni-An
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8 months ago (edited)

As a small child I was bullied by 'Christians' for being an atheist. Those kids treated me terribly.

Valerie
Community Member
8 months ago

Oof that's harsh.

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
8 months ago

Really? Then how do you explain the fact that the Bible says unbelievers are the enemies of God?

Riz Leslie
Community Member
8 months ago

What better way to make sure people believe than claiming that if you don’t you are the enemy who is going to hell?

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Nely Chaneva
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8 months ago

Said the church that created the inquisition...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
7 months ago

And heretics. Let's not forget the purges for believing a slightly different version of the tale.

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Alex Noott
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8 months ago

❤❤❤❤

Nely Chaneva
Community Member
8 months ago

Said the church which created the inquisition.

IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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Peter Bear
Community Member
8 months ago

The Good Samaritan. We are specifically told to emulate the person who was a different race and a different faith from the man he helped. Get that through your heads, please.

Chieko Duty
Community Member
8 months ago

Humanity before religion

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

...speaking about humanity: I'm not religious, consider myself agnostic, but the words of this man speak to me: ""If you have men who will exclude ANY of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi

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Bobby's Girl
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8 months ago

On a related note, Atheists do not fly planes into buildings.

IAN KELLY
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2 weeks ago

Only extremists do that

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Hotdogking
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8 months ago

I'm Atheist and that makes me feel better

shane noah lobar
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm an atheist so this works for me.

C
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, except if you don't believe in God, he won't take you. Isn't that how that works? lol If there is a god, doesn't atheism ensure you won't go to Heaven?

Jordan Fischer
Community Member
8 months ago

Even if I did believe in God I wouldn't want to believe in a God that's petty like that. If you're good and don't believe you should still get in.

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Mark Fuller
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh, and following on from the last comment I made... I'm married to a bloke. Kudos to this church! If only they weren't so unique that they're views actually get such attention. This should be the norm!

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
8 months ago

I agree with you, it should be the norm! Also wishing you many happy years together!

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Clinton Yew
Community Member
8 months ago

but then who are we to speak of what God's prefer anyway?

atixc_partner
Community Member
2 months ago

Muslims Accept Jesus Is Prophet Of God , Near the end Jesus Will Come ,,

Kim Bush
Community Member
8 months ago

Unfortunately I've met more of the hateful hypocrite types

Eel Music
Community Member
8 months ago

Presumptuous

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
8 months ago

Boom. Hahaha

Roger Bird
Community Member
8 months ago

Absolutely.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
8 months ago

Amen to that!

Debbie Fulton
Community Member
8 months ago

Love it! I'd like to think that's so true! At least I hope so.

Tony Lusich
Community Member
8 months ago

"Salus extra ecclesiam non“ Cyprian of Carthage (d. 258)

Alexandra
Community Member
8 months ago

Anyway since Christian beliefs seems to be so much implanted in civil life there would never be unity. People always tend to hate on each other. Furthermore when you have so many churches and community. In Catholicism at least it's the Church against atheists, and moreover in a lot of country from catholic tradition are laïc. Church and religious beliefs stays home and are not involved in Politics thanks God (Pun Intended)

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

Robert, we do not know anything about God, Universe, Cosmic power, what ever you want to call "it" ; sheepherders did not know, scientists don't have the answers either, because this is unknown and unknowable, you're right, humans do not have resources to find out, humans cannot "phenomenalize" God, (I just invented new word).

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Amberly Middlemiss
Community Member
8 months ago

The comments here show how little Athiests understand about Christianity. I i'll get downvoted like always but I disagree with this sign. I believe that as we are all sinner god does not see us as better or worse than each other and loves us all. (that's not to say all sin is equal, just that god does not show preference over who he loves)

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
8 months ago

To Amberly: ...god does not show preference over whom he? "loves". And it shows!!!

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
8 months ago

God doesn't prefer anything because god(s) are fictional. There are many passages in the bible saying to kill non-believers and kill every person in a neighboring village if even one person there worships another god.

Amberly Middlemiss
Community Member
8 months ago

can you please tell me what bible verse commands christians to kill non believers?

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Ivan Axelson
Community Member
8 months ago

God does and so do I

Si
Community Member
8 months ago

How does he know?

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

Thank you, I feel concerned

acacia grace
Community Member
8 months ago

Sadly this is just not true. Of course christians make mistakes and some can be hateful or cruel, or vindictive. But faith equates to salvation, not goodness. As much as we may wish, heaven is filled with hateful christians, not kind atheists.

IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Then your god is a petty one

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Donna Reynolds
Community Member
8 months ago

And I know many of both.

Marilyn Bojanowski
Community Member
8 months ago

Only the Christian gets to go to heaven though...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
8 months ago

How do you know? You took a census there?

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Cindy Snow
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8 months ago

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According the the bible that's not true. Because " faith alone saves".

Chris Jones
Community Member
8 months ago

If only people remembered that it was written by humans, albeit supposedly interpreting the word of God. Things will have been changed in translation and from interpretation to interpretation. Alongside the fact that there are parts of the bible which are contradictory or their meaning isn't clear. People who follow it without an open mind rarely have an open heart.

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Blueplanet
Community Member
8 months ago

Cannot upvote this more! If you believe in a religion, you can't just ignore it when you want to. i hope ppl that just "participate" in being a christian but dont actually belive it with all their heart can see this post

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Kaisu
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8 months ago (edited)

Anyone who has ever read the bible knows this, yet there's so many so called Christians who have never even opened the book and yet they still spew hate in its name

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“I often wonder if religion does have a place in modern society,” mused Pastor Ron. “ I certainly believe that the church of our era has become irrelevant too many. I believe that the church has quit challenging people to live full lives and has become more interested in butts in pews.”

The Pastor continued: “Jesus was a radical Jewish rabbi who challenged followers to live in radically different ways. Although it may not increase Sunday morning attendance, as a Pastor I feel compelled to offer my congregation the challenge of radical discipleship. This requires a focus on issues of social justice that are often absent from the worship or mission of the church.”

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Daria B
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8 months ago

And 1 mother. 2 fathers and 1 mother.

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Francis
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8 months ago

my new life goal!

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Blueplanet
Community Member
8 months ago

So true, too true. how much of a change it would be if everyone understood that

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According to the Pastor, the Church has made itself ‘irrelevant’ in the West. “The US Church and all churches in the West have sacrificed a compelling message and mission for some vague promise of 'heaven' in some equally nebulous 'afterlife.' People aren't attracted to that message.  They want meaning in the 'here and now.' As far of changing this situation I don't have an answer. I can only do what I think provides relevance and a dedication to mission.”

Have you ever heard of a church having an Instagram page? I haven’t before. Well, Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church has one and it’s got 60 followers. I’m willing to bet the church would be even more well-known if it uploaded pictures of its signs to its IG account. A good way to spread some smiles, don’t you think?

The church, founded in 1889, describes itself as a place of worship for believers coming from different Christian denominations. “The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which renews and strengthens its commitment to advocate justice and equality for all people in all areas of society.”

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Kaisu
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

The Holy Family were also Jewish, which Christians who are anti-Semitic conveniently forget

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Wij
Community Member
8 months ago

war is wages for profit of a few, so it depends for whom. peace - money made too slowly for those that hold power.

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Bluebell Rizzi
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8 months ago

I feel exposed ;)

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While many of us think of the United States of America as a very religious country, the fact of the matter is, faith is declining in the US. According to The Guardian, Pew Research Center has shown that within the last decade there has been a 12 percent drop in people who identify themselves as Christians.

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Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

If only this could be, somehow, enforced

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samuel smith
Community Member
8 months ago

That's the kind of humor I'm lovin'!!!

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
8 months ago

well... that's certainly harder than waking up Sunday morning

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It’s mostly younger Americans who are moving away from the faith of their forefathers. Furthermore, in the last decade, there has been a 17 percent increase in people who say they’re atheist, agnostic, or even “nothing in particular.” Now, around a quarter of all Americans fall into this category.

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Magpie
Community Member
8 months ago

This Australian is so grateful to be Aussie, when I read about how the usa is. I got permanently injured at work, and sooo very grateful for disability pension and medicare.

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That doggo
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8 months ago

A few images lower, they explain this

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athornedrose
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8 months ago

i'm confused

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Fewer people are going to church as well. Those who attend church at least once or twice each month has fallen by 7 percent in the same time period. Attendance has fallen so much that nowadays more Americans say they attend church a few times each year than each month. Obviously, the reasons for this are very complex, but Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church seems to have the right approach to at least draw attention to religious matters.

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Monika Soffronow
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8 months ago

Why the downvotes of Hendra Lim's comment? The reflexion of the photographer is quite clear if you look at the sign, and it does look like a child.

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Ali Mazila
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8 months ago

Can never be overemphasized

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Dr.Scott
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8 months ago

For all the people on the left on this site, and atheists for that matter, I’m kind of surprised a separation of church and state comment got 6 down votes. 😂

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Kathleen Cochran
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8 months ago

Didn't he play Sulu?

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