Are the body and blood real?
Wash my feet with wine
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.Luke 22:19-20 NRSV
Holy Communion is also called the Last Supper or the Eucharist in Christianity. The one thing that I can say for sure is that Christianity is not united in its doctrines. Take Holy Communion for one. The Lutherans and Catholics believe in transubstantiation, that the bread and wine mysteriously change into the real body and blood of Jesus. But, doesn’t Genesis 9:4 say that “you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood?” Anyway, other churches believe in consubstantiation, or that it’s “spiritual” and not literal. Others drink grape juice and eat wafer crackers, almost like a snack. And let’s not get into the proper disposal of the leftovers! Only in the Gospel of John is it mentioned that Jesus washed feet. My point again – no unity in the Christian way of doing things. Let’s try baptism next time!
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Bullied by children
Elisha summoned two bears
Forty-two boys mauled
He [Elisha] went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!” When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.2 Kings 2:23-24 NRSV
Can anyone tell me what the moral of this story (2 Kings 2:23-24) might be? The Bible commentaries on this passage say stuff like “in the original language, this means blah, blah.” I’m not interested in the original language because I only know what’s in front of me in English. As I read this passage in English in the version of the Bible that I am reading, or that my church subscribes to, it doesn’t mean anything but what it says!
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The plethora of
Dogmatic fake news
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.Thomas Aquinas
Let’s pretend that you have a choice in choosing your own Christian denomination (45,000+ in the world). You visit several different churches throughout the year and make an informed decision as to which one just might lead you down that narrow path to eternal life. You agree with all of their doctrines (99 essential) and they’re using the correct version (there are many) of the Bible. You enjoy the people and the clergy. They teach and follow the Ten Commandments if that’s your thing. And they basically tick off all of your checkboxes of what you want from a church. You have chosen from thousands of Christian denominations, a church that you believe will make you Christian enough to meet Jesus’ commands (about 49 commands). Choose carefully because Jesus says that only a “few” will enter this narrow gate. What is the truth? What is fake news? Your choice!
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If seeing is believing…
Why are you hiding?
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”John 20:24-29 NRSV
Yes, I am a skeptic just like the Apostle Thomas. He doubted like I doubt now, but he got the proof he needed. I’m still waiting for God to show his face to me. I don’t necessarily wish to touch his wounds. Maybe having a beer or two with him would convince me.
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Do not sit where a
Menstruating woman has sat
Seven days unclean!
When a woman has a discharge of blood that is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. Everything upon which she lies during her impurity shall be unclean; everything also upon which she sits shall be unclean. Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.Leviticus 15:19-21 NRSV
Tampons weren’t invented yet so you gotta have rules for women on their periods. I kinda like the haiku version of this Levitical Law.
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Can we truly know
Jack sees black where Jill sees white
Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God and each invokes His aid against the other.Abe Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
I worked with a friend at Lowe’s who happened to be a Pastor of a local church. He caught me reading a book in the breakroom about one of the books of the Bible. His response was, “Why don’t you just read the Bible?” I had another Pastor friend who told me that I could not understand the Bible unless I was truly saved. I asked him how one is truly saved and he said, “It’s all right there in the Bible.” But, if I can’t understand the Bible until I’m saved…? Nevermind! Ever wonder why there are so many books out there that are titled, “What the Bible Really Says About ________?” And why are there so many Christian denominations (45,000 plus) in the world? And let’s not forget that there are hundreds of different versions of the Bible itself. No confusion that I can see!
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God inspired men
– Acts 4:13, Inerrancy of the Bible
Augustine said that “…the authors [of scripture] were completely free from error.” Many Christians today believe that to be so but some reject that the Bible is inerrant. This adds to my confusion, of course. God inspired men and Jesus chose uneducated, illiterate fishermen to follow him (Acts 4:13). However, the authors of the Gospels were highly educated, Greek men. Most Christian Apologists will say that the Bible is inerrant only in the original autographs (manuscripts) which do not exist. If Jesus were around when the New Testament was written, I believe that he would have corrected the errors.
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Noah built an ark
To appease God’s wrath on man
Floating dead babies
– Genesis 6:5-6, Genesis 7:1-24
The rule of faith for the church
So many Bibles
– 1 Corinthians 14:33, Sola Scriptura, List of Bible Versions