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Will I Be Saved If I Don’t Take The Holy Communion?

Communion and Salvation: Interpretations

The question of whether or not one will be saved if he doesn’t take the Holy Communion is important for everyone. If you put this question to any group of people, their answers will be different.

Some will say “Yes” while others will say “No”, depending on what their denominations have taught them. However, what a denomination teaches does not matter. It is what the Bible says that does.

According to the Bible, the answer is “Yes”. If you don’t take the Holy Communion, you will still be saved. This does not mean that we should reject it, if we have the opportunity to take it. This clarification is necessary because, sometimes, a religious system can unfairly prevents us from taking it.

The Holy Communion, though symbolizes the body and blood of Jesus Christ, taking it does not bring salvation. Salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Christ Jesus but not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-10) Taking the Holy Communion is a work.

Jesus Christ himself who introduced it as a symbol of his body and blood did not say that we should take it for salvation. Rather, he says we should take it in remembrance of him. (Luke 22:19) So, taking the Holy Communion is meant to remind us of what Jesus Christ has done to save us.

But what about the statement” VERY TRULY I TELL YOU, UNLESS YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, YOU HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU.” (John 6:53) Here, Jesus is not saying that people must literally eat his flesh and drink his blood to gain eternal life. Instead, he is speaking figuratively that unless one believes and act on the fact that he is the atoning sacrifice, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, they have no eternal life in them.

Earlier in John 3:16, the Bible says “For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.” Therefore, if Jesus means literally eating his flesh and drinking his blood to get saved, he would be contradicting this earlier verse.

The Bible has no contradictions whatsoever. When people fail to reconcile one Bible part with another, instead of seeking the help of the Holy Spirit for understanding, they ignorantly and arrogantly conclude that they have discovered a contradiction.


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