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When Can You Take Communion

When can a person take communion? I just had a Catholic person tell me a person MUST go to church 3 weeks in a row in order to take communion. I asked her Where did Jesus say that? She couldn't show me. So WHEN can a person take communion?

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Andy,I'm not suggesting that you don't trust the canon canon, just be aware that satan was/is not napping.
Do you think for one second that he just stood bye and never interfered with any scripture writing??
Never under estimate the enemy (basic military training) Everything has to fit God's established pattern!
Hearsay evidence is not evidence neither is one disciple's opinion!


---1st_cliff on 11/17/11


1stcliff, if one cannot trust the canon, is there still use believing?1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
however i never refused external evidence, evertyhing needs to be tested by the word, where else will we verify the truth about Jesus.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
1 Thessalonians 2:3 & 5 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness, God is witness:
---andy3996 on 11/17/11


Andy, I know I'm belaboring this point a bit much and appreciate your patience.
My mind does not accept something that's "almost right"
My point: Paul and Luke are the "only" ones stating this command and neither one is an "eye witness"!
If it's written on holy paper (today's canon) it's automatically truth!
I have a problem with that!
Like I say there's a difference between faith and credulity!
---1st_cliff on 11/16/11


1stCliff, with all due respect, but wouldn't the proverb used be more applicable upon your standpoint, after all i did not refuse the testimony of Paul and Luke, didn't I? then again there are sufficient wittnesses upon this subject two or three. in my simplistic calculation i've found that Paul+Luc equals two. upon this the bible doeshint sufficiently upon Holy supper and its nessecity. does Holy Supper (Eucharist) at itself save? nobody teaches that. we all need to recognise the blood and the body of Christ.
Nevertheless nobody can accept the testimony of anyone if in his heart he allready decided that party is untrustworthy. as for me since both LUC and PAUL are part of todays canon, i accept gladly what they say.
---andy3996 on 11/16/11


Andy, I see you like to throw the baby out with the bath water!
If you question one thing then none of it is any good???
Scripture says " at the word of 2 or 3 witnesses a truth will be established" (my paraphrase)
That's eye witnesses not hearsay!
I'm saying "where are they?"
There's a difference between faith and credulity!
---1st_cliff on 11/15/11




1cliff, what i think is unreasonable is that the Christian man has become so filled with knowledge that simple faith is no longer good enough. Matthew Luke Mark and John ALL wrote accordingly to their public for them to know the truth about Jesus. all of them did with a great interest memorise or investigate the truth behind anything they wrote. so that we today can be certain of the things we believe. as a Christian we accept all the canon, or we refuse everything and are no Christian
---andy3996 on 11/15/11


//So WHEN can a person take communion?

After one has examined oneself.

1 Cor. 11:27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

It does not say one has to be sinless in order to take communion.
---lee1538 on 11/14/11


Jesus died on the cross for ALL SINS, not just for those who think they are without sin. I think Cluny forgot this.
---karenD on 11/14/11


Strongaxe, you are absolutely correct. Yet, the spiritual Church of Christ is not corrupt at all, it is made up of true believers who are one body in Christ, the visible church on the other hand, no matter what denomination is it, is where Christains gather to worship, is a mixture of wheat and tares. It will always be that way. No argument from me on that.
---Mark_V. on 11/14/11


Andy, Your explanation is reasonable but not factual!
You would think something as important as communion would have been noted by one or more of the eyewitnesses of the event!
Obviously Jesus did not "command" continuation of this or all the bible writers,especially John would have said so!
Didn't Jesus say that the next time He would drink it (the wine)with them, would be in the Kingdom??
Not ritually!
---1st_cliff on 11/14/11




shira4368 and Mark_V.:

There are wheat and tares, sheep and goats among every Christian group, whether they are Catholic, Protestant, or any other denomination. You will even find both among quasi-Christian cults (although it is more likely that someone will be a goat if he is in a group that teaches more error.). I've met both saintly and worldly Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Apostolics, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many others.
---StrongAxe on 11/14/11


anon* Ruben, 1) what other religion prays to Mary?

Does not scripture tell us " The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."(James 5:16) Do you believe those in Heaven are more righteous, than me or you?

3)Why do Catholics take communion knowing they are living with a man outside of marriage?

Paul tell us about those indiviuals "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, ( 1 Cor 11:29)

anon * God never told us to confess our sins to a priest.

" they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men "(Mt 9:8)
---Ruben on 11/14/11


1st Cliff, SO IF Paul wrote to a group that didn't know the origins He as a jew who received this revelation shared it with his non-jewish fellowbelievers why they needed to maintain a Jewish rite. He received it as a revelation from the apostles in place, or even through Barnabass who came straith from the apostles feet.
---andy3996 on 11/14/11


Shira, you are absolutely correct. Cluny just wants to show how great they are and how terrible everyone else is. The fact is that Cluny discribed all my Catholic friends. The majority of them there is no evidence of change or what we call regeneration, in their lives. They can confess to a priest whenever they want, go to church whenever they feel like it, say a few hail Mary's and just keep doing the same thing over an over. We also know that the visible church is a mixture of people, sheep with goats. Man call themselves Christians, because they joined a Christian Church. There has to be a transformation going on in their lives, and I mean for the good, not the bad.
---Mark_V. on 11/14/11


cluny, If they were born again baptist, they would not have been a drunk, cuss like the devil, or mean as the devil and all the other things you described. I am 100% baptist and I don't know anyone who is born again do any of the things you described. That is the sort of thing that gives christians and churches a bad rap. I pray they will all actually be saved.
---shira4368 on 11/13/11


So if none of the bible writing Apostles acknowledged this "command" how would they (converts)know about it???
--1st cliff 11/11/11
The Gospel was spread mostly by word of mouth. The written word was very sparse for a long time as original manuscripts and copies were copied and slowly shared.
---Rocky on 11/13/11


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Andy,The answers to your questions are quite simple but doesn't reveal your point!
Point being, where scripturally did Paul and Luke (non witnesses) get their information that none of the bible writers (Apostolic witnesses) corroborate????
---1st_cliff on 11/13/11


Cluny// ...ALL born-again Baptists and would tell you so!
everybodies problem isn't it? so busy proclaiming doctrine saves that they forgot the truth

John 3:16-19 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
---andy3996 on 11/13/11


1st cliff the church was founded before or after Christ's death?
the jews where "discipled before or after the gentiles.
holy supper comes out of who's traditions? jewish or pagan?
if you can answr this you'll understand what i'm talking about.
---andy3996 on 11/13/11


One of my relatives was married three times.

Another smoked like the devil, cussed like the devil, drank like the devil, and was as mean as the devil.

Another one lit a cigarette as her last act on earth.

One was a deacon and an alcoholic who abused his wife and once held a gun to one of his own daughters, but didn't remember it the next day.

Another of my cousins lived in concubinage and didn't bother about getting married until she got pregnant.

Her sister bore a child out of wedlock.

But they were ALL born-again Baptists and would tell you so!

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/12/11


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anon, what other religion says that all you need to do to be saved is walk down the aisle during an emotional hymn after a manipulative sermon, say a brief prayer, and fill out a card?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/12/11


anon:

Some Catholics are adulterers and hypocrites, and some are faithful. I have known both kinds. You will find both wheat and tares in any group, whether they are Catholic or Protestant or anything else.
---StrongAxe on 11/12/11


The bible tells us not to take communion unless our hearts are right. If you have a grudge against someone, you must go to that person and ask forgiveness. Must confess your sins to God.
---shirley4368 on 11/11/11


Any Religion that adds to or takes away from what the Word of God says is a cult
--anon 11/11/11
If you want to communicate well with others it is best not to make up your own definitions for words. Now we won't know which of your other words have your own private meanings and which conform to accepted usage.
---Rocky on 11/11/11


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\\Ruben, 1) what other religion prays to Mary? Worships Her? Lights candles at the feet of her statue with the hopes they get their prayers answered? \\

To answer this question, NONE and NOBODY.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/11/11


Andy, **No need to command...."**
According to Paul and Luke, Jesus said "Keep doing this..." isn't that a "command?"
They could hardly be practicing this before the last supper!
Most of the converts at that time were formerly Pharisees (like the 3,000) in one day).
So if none of the bible writing Apostles acknowledged this
"command" how would they (converts)know about it???
---1st_cliff on 11/11/11


Ruben, 1) what other religion prays to Mary? Worships Her? Lights candles at the feet of her statue with the hopes they get their prayers answered? What does God say about idols?

2) What other religion makes you go to confess your sins to a priest in a little closet? Where in the bible does it tell us CHRISTIANS to do that?

3)Why do Catholics take communion knowing they are living with a man outside of marriage? Knowing they aren't forgiving their spouse?

Any Religion that adds to or takes away from what the Word of God says is a cult. God never told us to confess our sins to a priest. God FORBIDS IDOLS and Mary is an idol to Catholics. They pray to her...using the rosary beads, remember?
---anon on 11/11/11


\\When God showed me the truth of Jesus Christ dying for my sins, I accepted His sacrifice and am following hard after Him. Catholics are a cult. \\

When God showed me the truth of Jesus Christ dying for my sins, I accepted His sacrifice and am following hard after Him. Protestants and especially Baptists are a cult.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/11/11


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Ruben,MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS CATHOLIC so I'm not judging them just by my 2 friends.

My sister and mother have a deep root of bitterness so badly they won't forgive people and they point out everyone else's sins. My cousins, all of them except 2 cheated on their wives, lived with many women and one even goes to church during lent..LOL!!!! ONLY DURING LENT THOUGH.

My ENTIRE family is Catholic and not one of them came out except me. When God showed me the truth of Jesus Christ dying for my sins, I accepted His sacrifice and am following hard after Him. Catholics are a cult.
---anon on 11/11/11

Anon again just because a few catholics do not do as they should, does not mean the Catholic Church is a cult, please!
---Ruben on 11/11/11


When I was in high school 7-11 years ago, it was a known fact that the most promiscuous girls came from the two Catholic jr. high schools in the area. Same thing with the guys, they were the biggest partiers in high school.
---Jed on 11/11/11


//Are you saying that those few so-catholic friends of yours represents all Catholic's? Really, what does that say about you?
---Ruben on 11/10/11//

Ruben,MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS CATHOLIC so I'm not judging them just by my 2 friends.

My sister and mother have a deep root of bitterness so badly they won't forgive people and they point out everyone else's sins. My cousins, all of them except 2 cheated on their wives, lived with many women and one even goes to church during lent..LOL!!!! ONLY DURING LENT THOUGH.

My ENTIRE family is Catholic and not one of them came out except me. When God showed me the truth of Jesus Christ dying for my sins, I accepted His sacrifice and am following hard after Him. Catholics are a cult.
---anon on 11/11/11


anon too, A-men. How true, how true. All religions of the world are false, accept the faith that embraces and follows the living Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is in the putting. Jesus proved himself, and so do we genuine Christians. We real saints from God do not only talk the talk, but we also are proven to walk the walk.
---Eloy on 11/11/11


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1st cliff, i say that there is NO need to COMMAND someone to do something when they allready are doing it the proper way,
Pauls' 1st letter to the Corinthians was adressing certain abuses in church including the Agap meal, so it is normal that Paul set everything in order.
Lukes gospel was meant for a GENTILE believing friend to understand EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED. and now how certain things, like waterbaptism, fast and Holy supper originated with Christ.
---andy3996 on 11/11/11


Andy, Are you saying that the "command" to "keep doing this" was not felt important enough to mention because it had become " custom" to the Apostles?
Neither Paul nor Luke heard this command but state it as though they did!
Neither Paul nor Luke(a Gentile) were hand chosen Apostles like the 12. but instituted a ritual practiced world wide by all denominations of Christendom!
Very,very strange indeed!!
There's more to this than meets the eye!

---1st_cliff on 11/10/11


1stCliff, Jesus did command to do this (breaking of the bread and drinking of the wine in due remembrance until his return. the few apostles writing books next to Paul wrote to an audience that was with them from a very early start, who where Jews or Judaised proselytes and had a full knowledge therefore about the customs and their significance. i think it only NATURAl that indeed Paul and Luke where the ones emphasising this. their audiences where gentiles who had no clue whatsoever about anything in the newly accepted faith.
---andy3996 on 11/10/11


Good point Cluny the greatest enemies of Christianity are those who call themselves Christians.

Christians can take communion when ever it is offered. The requirment is faith alone.
---Samuel on 11/10/11


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\\Catholics think they're Christians. Yet the ones I'm friends with live in fornication, unforgiveness towards their spouse, hold grudges, have bitterness, resentment and anger inside of them and everyone else is wrong except THEM...that sounds like a cult to me!!!\\

You can never find a single example of this among Protestants, can you?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/10/11


Eloy, Catholics think they're Christians. Yet the ones I'm friends with live in fornication, unforgiveness towards their spouse, hold grudges, have bitterness, resentment and anger inside of them and everyone else is wrong except THEM...that sounds like a cult to me!!!
---anon_too on 11/10/11

Are you saying that those few so-catholic friends of yours represents all Catholic's? Really, what does that say about you?
---Ruben on 11/10/11


Strange thing about this "communion"practice.
Of all the bible writing Apostles, who were there at the Last supper" none of them said Jesus told them to continue this "ritual"!
Both Paul and Luke of whom neither was in attendance said Jesus said "Keep doing this"
Something is wrong with this picture!
---1st_cliff on 11/10/11


Eloy, Catholics think they're Christians. Yet the ones I'm friends with live in fornication, unforgiveness towards their spouse, hold grudges, have bitterness, resentment and anger inside of them and everyone else is wrong except THEM...that sounds like a cult to me!!!
---anon_too on 11/10/11


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Catholics do not partake in Communion, Christians do. A Christian can partake in communion as often as it is offered. Christian churches celebrate Communion at least once a year honoring Jesus' sacrificial death, but more common it is monthly. Christians should celebrate this Passover Communion on Sunday April 14, or if April 14 is not on a Sunday then it is celebrated on the first Sunday after April 14.
---Eloy on 11/10/11


Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me." He did not set a specific location or say that any specific person was to serve the communion. Why would anyone want to limit when Christians remember what Jesus did for us?????
---KarenD on 11/9/11


It does not matter as far as time. however it does matter with your state of mind. Communion needs to have an explanation of what it means, why it is important and to be serious about it. Many churchs just tack it on to the end of the service because it is the first of the month or on every nth week.
---Scott1 on 11/9/11


Francis: 'you may take communion anytime'

Close,but there is one requirement in 1 Cor 11:27-29, though it's rather confusing. We are told not to take communion in an 'unworthy manner' (NRSV) and to examine ourselves.

We are not told for what we are to examine ourselves, but it is implied that there are times when we should not take communion.
---Peter on 11/9/11


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you may take communion anytime
---francis on 11/9/11


KarenD, where did Jesus say you could do Communion around the family dinner table?
---Cluny on 11/9/11

When did he say not to? The appostle Paul said he took communion daily.
---Jed on 11/9/11


Another question I just thought of is would you take communion in front of this person (Catholic friend of mine) in your own home with her KNOWING you don't meet her "rules" -3 weeks in a row you must go to church. HOW in the world did Catholics come up with this rule and it isn't in the bible?

The funny part of this is she asked me, 'How come we can't do something if it's not in the bible."

I told her, "Because man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
---anon on 11/9/11


KarenD, where did Jesus say you could do Communion around the family dinner table?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/9/11


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You can take communion anytime you want to take it "in rememberance" of Jesus Christ dying on the cross. Jesus did not say there were any qualifications for those who hand out the bread and wine. He said to do this in remembrance of HIM. Around the family dinner table would be a good time to do it.
---KarenD on 11/8/11




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