Sunday, February 04, 2007

Ten Questions: Number Nine

Question #9 – Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? It sounds totally grotesque, doesn't it? Why would al all-powerful God want you to do something that, in any other context, sounds like a disgusting, cannibalistic, satanic ritual?

To be cannibalistic, one body must consume another body. If a body is consuming itself, it is no more cannibalistic than your stomach is, which dissolves its own lining, or your liver, which breaks down old blood cells for reuse. I point you now to these verses:

1 Corinthians 6:15
"15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?"

1 Corinthians 12:12
"12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ."

1 Corinthians 12:27
"27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."

Romans 12:4-5
"4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

1 Corinthians 10:16 "16Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf."

As we are part of the body, is it wrong for us to be sustained by that body? Is it wrong for our body to be cleansed by the blood which flows through it, or to be sustained by the nourishment that the blood carries with it from the rest of the body? A second illustration of this in Christ's parable of vine in John 15:4-5, "4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." The Lord's Supper upholds and sustains us as members of one body, of the body of Christ.

With that as background, I think the key word in this question is "satanic". It is through the perversion of Satan that, that which should be comforting is made to sound "grotesque," "disgusting," and "cannibalistic". What would we think of this if there had been no evil religions practicing human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism? Without that frame of reference--without Satan showing and skewing Christ's sacrifice through the eyes of sin--this would not be an issue.

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