When Jesus taught us to pray, it start with ‘Our Father’, not my Father or your Father, but ‘Our Father’. While God should be personal to each and every one of us, God wanted us to praise Him in communion with others. Many ask or wonder, “Why do I have to go to church?” Here is the answer.
God loves every one. And He loves them all a tremendous amount. So, if you get closer to God, you get closer to everyone that God loves. The same can be said that if you get closer to everyone that God loves, you get closer to God. We cannot love God and hate our neighbor.
“[Jesus] said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.’” – [Matthew 22:37-40]