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Requirements For Communion

Some churches make being a member a requirement for receiving communion. Yet we are certain that Jesus offered and gave communion to Judas. Is there a problem here? If someone out of bounds? Our traditions of men raising their ugly head?

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To me I think it is silly to half to sign a paper in order to join a church. And it is also silly for one to become a member in order to have communion. Communion should be open to all of God's children. Communion is fellowship with God between Christ and his people, by the spirit of believers with one another. That is what is wrong with world, people in the church wont' let someone in unless they become a "member".
---Rebecca_D on 9/27/08

The Last Supper was not A Passover Meal it was simply an evening meal. Christ was crucified the daylight prior to Passover which would start at sundown. That was the Special Sabbath when they did not want anyone on a cross. The Crucifixion occurred during daylight period of Wednesday. Christ spent all of three day and nights in the tomb and his resection was only discovered Sunday morning. The women bought the spices to anoint the body during daylight period of Friday the only time the markets were open.
---notlaw99 on 8/14/07

Notlaw99, bear in mind that the Gospel according to John was written from a different perspective. Matthew was there and Jesus did eat the passover meal and did offer Judas communion, even knowing what Judas would do, but had NOT yet done. John alters his narrative to emphasize that Jesus was the Paschal Sacrifice and does this having Christ slain at the same time as the Paschal lambs. This is a literary device.

God Bless.
---lorra8574 on 3/13/07

Communion is the breaking of the bread, with which we share a common meal with God and with each other. To eat of it is to signal that we believe the same as all the others who eat of it.

Since not all Christian groups believe the same thing, it would not be appropriate to share in each other's communion.

During Paul's time, he compared the Eucharist with the sacrificial meals eaten by others and warned that we were not to eat at other tables. Read 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 (both chapters).
---lorra8574 on 3/13/07

Jesus did not give "communion" to Judas. They were simply eating the passover meal together, including Judas. "Communion" is translated from the greek: koinonia = Fellowship.

Paul wrote: 1 Corinthians 10:16, "The cup of blessing..., is it not the communion (fellowship) of the blood of Christ? The bread..., is it not the communion (fellowship) of the body of Christ?" It is from this we get the idea of calling the Lord's Supper (I Cor 11:20) "communion."
---Bruce5656 on 3/13/07

What you are referring to is called, "Closed communion". Churches who practice this take the stance that they are "protectors" of the communion. The down side is they are assumming all their church members are Christians. The other form of communion is the "open communion". In this case, it's open to any who claim to be Christians, regardless of church membership, or for that matter, a lack of church membership.
---WIVV on 5/16/06

If you believe that Holy Communion (The Eucharist) is literally the Body and Blood of Jesus, then you can understand 1Cor 11:28-29 which says, "For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself." It's irresponsible for a Church which has the True Presence in The Eucharist to allow non-believing persons to receive, thereby eating and drinking judgment (condemnation) on themselves. The Church is protecting non-believers, not being persnickety.
---Philomena on 5/7/06

Bruce5656 you have to do a better job at reading text for technical details. Review John 18:28 This is occurring the morning after the Last Supper. Christ is being moved from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. Members of the Sanhedrin don't want to enter the Preatorium because they will defile themselves and not be able to eat the Passover. This means the Passover feast has not occured yet. John is an eye witness to all of the events with a detail account of the Last Supper. Luke was not even there.
---notlaw99 on 4/23/06

How do you reconcile that view with:
Luke 22:1-18, "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover... Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
---Bruce5656 on 4/23/06

And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say... Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room... there make ready... and they made ready the passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles...
---Bruce5656 on 4/23/06

And he said unto them... I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer...And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come."
---Bruce5656 on 4/23/06

"1Cr 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
Many churches read out this passage before giving the invitiation to partake in the bread and wine. Each individual must examine him/herself before partaking. This phrase is scriptural, it is not made up by church members or officials.
---M.P. on 4/23/06

Yes, Judas was there and Mark 14:23 says they all took of it.I believe it's time for the Church to use the communion as a place to invite sinners to come to Jesus. Not try and get perfect and make a bunch of rules so that you're good enough come. No one will ever be good enough to come. That's what the blood and bread is for...sinners. Shame on all those rules.
---john on 4/21/06

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