What do you find to be the creepiest aspect of the Christian faith, as practiced by Christians whom you personally know?
For me, it was a practice at the Baptist church I used to attend. They would eat a wafer of bread and drink a shot glass of grape juice. But they insisted that in their mouths the bread and grape juice was magically transformed into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus … in other words, cannibalism.This is false. No Baptist Church claims that the bread and the wine are magically turned into the actual flesh or blood of Jesus.
The person who is asking this question is merely venting his or her own hatred for what is the truth. God loves this person and everybody else, but has given each one freewill to see what each one is going to do with his or her life.
Many are going to be fools. The wise recognize they have not got the ability to overcome death and seek the Creator. I did. And I discovered Jesus rose from the dead.
The bread and wine are symbols. Jesus told the Apostle Paul to instruct those who accept the truth that their sins are covered and have received the Holy Spirit to partake in together when they meet together. This is to be done until He returns. Those who treat this as unworthy bring judgment upon themselves.
- For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread. When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in a way unworthy of the Lord will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy way eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he doesn’t discern the Lord’s body. (1 Corinthians 11:23–29)
- On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7)
- On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:2)
- Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:24–27)
However, the truth about the bread and the wine is that they are symbols that are to be taken seriously, even if they are impotent of themselves. The Apostle Paul taught people to meet on the first day of the week and participate in breaking the bread and commemorate the reason of Jesus’ crucifixion—the price required to set people free from being kidnapped by the god of this world.
What God is concerned with is the attitude of people. Just as people hate those with a bad attitude, God does not tolerate hypocrites or anarchists who think they can do what they like, whenever they like, to the detriment of other people.
Those Who Desire To Know The Truth Seek To Understand Rather Than Scoff