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Christianity and Cannibalism: Do Christians Practice It When Partaking Holy Communion (The Lord's Supper)

Updated on June 24, 2017
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The Lord's Supper: Why Disagreements

As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins." (Mathew 26:26-28)

What did Jesus mean by saying this?Did he mean we eat his body and drink his blood?

In another scenario whereby Jesus made an utterance similar to the above one, before the Last Supper, hesaid: “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) and “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51)

What did Jesus mean by saying he is the bread of life and whoever eats it will never die? If we were to eat Jesus, there will be no more of him to eat. He didn’t mean literary eating his body. He was speaking in a figurative language. The same case implies to his blood which he had stated if anyone drinks his blood will never go thirsty. Jesus is the Word of God. This is well-illustrated in John….It is through him the world was made. His body indicates the Word of God. Through the Word of God, we will never die, that is referring to spiritual death. The Word of God revives our spirit man. The Blood refers to the blood that was shed when he was crucified for the cross as a permanent way of cleansing our sins instead of continually sacrificing spotless lambs for the remission of our sins.

For that reason, when we symbolically eat his body and drink his blood, we are remembering the sacrifice he made in order to reconcile us with God. It is through dying and resurrecting which has made it possible for us to approach the throne of God without passing through a human High Priest. It is through the sacrifice Jesus undertook that we are no longer condemned when we accept what he did in order to save us from the condemnation of death because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

We participate in Holy Communion to remember the sacrifice and to reflect whether we are walking after the footsteps of God. Are we living for God or not? Are we taking it lightly the sacrifice Jesus made on behalf of us? It is recorded in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Because of God’s love for us, Jesus was willing to die for us in order to reconcile us to God and to save us from eternal condemnation. Through Jesus we have everlasting life.

We are under a new covenant, no longer bounded by the old covenant whereby we have to depend on animal sacrifice for the remission of sins. Jesus is our permanent sacrifice.

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Meaning of Cannibalism

Cannibalism is defined as when a person or animal eats the flesh of a human being.

History is filled with records of communities or tribes such as in New Guinea, Africa who were involved in cannibalism. Whether it was out of necessity (hunger/starvation) or as a ritual, by eating a human flesh then it is downright cannibalism.

Is it good or okay to eat human flesh or meat? Well, this is a topic in itself since it has arguments for and against it. Some claim the meat of a human is sweet, well, delicate. However, on the side of blood in Christianity as written in the Bible, God is against shedding of innocent blood, of drinking blood and murdering. Why? Because blood is life. Without blood there is no life.

It will be noted whenever God forbids something, Devil always does the opposite. This is why in Devil worship sacrifice of human beings and drinking of blood is practiced. God is against sacrifice of human beings.

The Passover

The Lord's Supper took place during the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. This signifies the Last Supper took place during the Passover, a joyous festival when Jews celebrate the deliverance of their ancestors from the oppressive hands of Egyptian rulers. This was made possible by God as a result of Israelite crying out to Him to deliver them.

Passover when separated into two means: to spare or exempt. This is what exactly happened to the ancestors of the modern-day Jews.

Click the link to read Exodus 12, an account of Passover.

God heard the cries of the Israelite. The people were oppressed, forced to hard labor, treated as salves. He sent Moses as His representative. Moses on several times tried to persuade Pharaoh (king) of Egypt that God has sent him (Moses) to tell him (Pharaoh) to let His (God's) people to go fee to a promised land. Pharaoh was stiff-necked. He refused.

As a result of Pharaoh's stubbornness and refusal to let Israel go free, God sent 9 plagues. Despite their severity, the king was still stubborn to give in. It was the last plague which finally forced him to let the people of Israel go.

The people of Israel were commanded to find a lamb without blemish, slaughter it and smear some of the blood on the "two doorposts and the lintel of the houses."

"The blood" as stated in Exodus 12, "shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt... This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as feast to the LORD."

It is also stated in the same chapter, "... It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast..."

Remember, the Israelite were under the oppressive hands of the Egyptian rulers for many years.

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Relation Between Passover and The Last Supper

When the angel of God visited every door and found blood smeared on the doorposts, he would pass by. Nevertheless, if there was no blood on the two doorposts, he killed the firstborn in the family including animal. Even if the Egyptians had smeared the blood on the doorposts, their firstborns would not have been killed.

The Last Supper took place during the Passover. This indicates a very important factor: Jesus was the Passover. Why?

Jesus lived on earth without any blemish. He never committed any sin. Therefore, when he died on the cross, the shedding of his blood resulted in the reconciliation between God and man, and resulted in the forgiveness of sin. This was attested by the fact Jesus rose from the death meaning he conquered evil (sin).

In the Old Testament in the Bible, animals were sacrificed. The reason was to "provide a temporary covering of sins and to foreshadow the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Leviticus 4:35, 5:10)."

If there's no shedding of blood, then there is no remission of sins. And the shedding of blood was done through animals, not humans.

GotQuestions explains well what entailed during animal sacrifice: "God commanded the nation of Israel to perform numerous sacrifices according to certain procedures prescribed by God. First, the animal had to be spotless. Second, the person offering the sacrifice had to identify with the animal. Third, the person offering the animal had to inflict death upon it. When done in faith, this sacrifice provided a temporary covering of sins."

Animal sacrifice was temporal because it was limited. On the other hand, Jesus sacrifice on the cross by shedding blood was a permanent cover for sins. There would be no need of continuously offering animal sacrifice for remission of sins.

In relation to Jesus: First, Jesus was spotless. He didn't commit any sin. Second, we identify with Jesus because we are sinners. We keep on sinning. We are vulnerable to it. We feel the need to get rid of the guilt that is eating us up inside. Third, we inflicted death upon Jesus because of our sins. It was as a result of our sins that led to his death on the cross, a form of sacrifice.

Jesus as part of Godhead came in form of human being in order to feel what every human being feels: suffering, pain and afflictions. This is the reason why he was the best substitute for animal sacrifice. This is also the reason why when Adam and Eve sinned, God knew using animals as sacrifice for the covering of sin was temporary. He had in mind the perfect and complete sacrifice, in Jesus.

Real Meaning of Last Supper

The Significance of The Last Supper and Passover

When we accept what Jesus did on the cross, the sacrifice he made, then his blood washes away our sins. When we sin, we ask God for forgiveness, He will forgive us because of the shedding of blood of Jesus.

This is why when a person accepts what Jesus did, he is covered by the blood of Jesus, meaning his sins are washed away. He won't be visited by death (eternal separation from God) after the Great Judgment. Those who accept what Jesus did (shedding his blood on the cross) will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

This also means Jesus came to fulfill the New Covenant and do away with the Old Testament which had to do with animal sacrifices for remission of sins.

"For this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Mathew 26:28)

Reason for Partaking Lord's Supper
In order to remember the sacrifice Jesus made by dying on the cross. The shedding of his blood and the agony his body underwent before finally dying. It is a reminder of the hard step he undertook because he knew the results of it.

Therefore, when Christians gather to share in the Holy Communion, it is a reminder to them not to take lightly what Jesus did because it is the greatest sacrifice ever to be carried out on a human being.

And the reason for his acceptance to die on the cross: Because he loved the world so much he didn't want anyone to perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Christians Are Cannibals

When Christians partake of the Holy Communion, they're literally eating the body of Christ and drinking his blood. True? No. In order for a one to be termed as a cannibal he should eat the human flesh and/or drink the blood of the human. Christians are not drinking his blood or eating his body. They are doing it symbolically for Jesus spoke figuratively.

The fact is Christians are not cannibals. When they gather during the Holy Communion, they do so in order to remember what Jesus did and to see whether they're living as Christians (who have decided to follow after the footsteps of Jesus). It is a time when they make up their mind if they want to continue living as God wants. It is a time they ask for forgiveness, reconcile with God, and ask for God's help. It is a time of searching deep in their hearts and see whether they are living for God or the world.

Therefore, when they take wine(juice) to represent Jesus' blood and bread (biscuit) to represent his body, it acts as a reminder of the central message of Christianity and everything it carries: THE CROSS.

"... Jesus Christ did not have to die for us. He did, however, because He values every life on earth and wants to see each of us sitting at His dining table someday in heaven. The Last Supper reminds us of Christ's sacrifice, and that by faith in Him, we can dine with Christ for all eternity."

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      You wrote, "Animal sacrifice was temporal because it was limited. On the other hand, Jesus sacrifice on the cross by shedding blood was a permanent cover for sins. There would be no need of continuously offering animal sacrifice for remission of sins."

      The Rabbis wrote the Sacrifice Theory. Originally there was animal sacrifice to remove sin. Now, the Judeo-Christians teach a blood sacrifice of Jesus to remove sin. The problem is, sacrifice does not and has never removed sin. Therefore the death of Jesus did not directly remove sin.

      The death of Jesus (or near death experience) did not directly remove sin; however it was needed for the resurrection. It is the resurrection from the dead (or NDE) which proves an afterlife actually exists. He could not come back from nothing. A place or condition must first exist before there can be a return. If one accepts the resurrection of Jesus, the afterlife or spirit is proved. Once the spirit is proved we should act according to the teachings of Jesus. Until the resurrection there was no objective reason to believe in a spirit at all.

      Lastly, Christians are NOT teaching cannibalism.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Certainly you have said what is good in behalf of Jesus and pertaining to the Heavenly Father in speaking truth and bringing attention to the truth. That is more valuable then we can ever know especially when you find the odds are greater to believe different.

      I appreciate you and your kind words of encouraging may we continue in the Journey of truth , and pray that many will see the spiritual light that will shine forever ! , because it is the only true key to open the door to the future of everlasting life with Jesus our King!

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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 2 years ago from Kenya

      Thank you Kiss and Tale. I have noted the verse you have provided.It's good to have Christians who care for others to help them in the journey of faith and in the Word Of God. I do not know what to say.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Ben716 thank you for your feed back and encouraging reply!

      Most of the time when I share scriptures it is to get people to learn the mind of Jesus, in turn that is to learn the mind of the Heavenly Father

      Because so many people have driven off the road into their own understanding and interpretations , which can not lead to the same destination in being with Jesus, he said to follow his steps closely, that way we will be with him ,rather that be earthly or rather that is a heavenly position contracted by the evening meal. We who love and respect what he has done for us will see the future in a clean New order!

      So we who follow find this to be true!Reference Bible 1Ch 28:9 “And you, Solʹo·mon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a complete heart and with a delightful soul; for all hearts Jehovah is searching, and every inclination of the thoughts he is discerning. If you search for him, he will let himself be found by you; but if you leave him, he will cast you off forever.

      I am happy that you are the first.

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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 2 years ago from Kenya

      @ Kiss and Tales, there is a lot I learnt from your comments and I agree with you. First, how people turn the truth of God the other way, twisting the meaning to fit their own agenda, which is mostly the case with pastors.

      Also, it is true that we have to act on what we believe and not just believe and that is it. We have to act on the Word of God, because people are known by their actions, not words.

      Latly, it is true taking the Lord's Supper is a contract. Here we are claiming no matter what, we will stand by his side and follow him and do as he tells us.

      Looking closely, the above two fit to the Lord's Supper.

      A appreciate so much for the insight. God Bless You.

      @Shameka Sutton, I agree with you. It is a symbol to remind us and to reaffirm our faith. Otherwise, if they say we practice cannibalism we would be eating and drinking literary. Thank you for reaffirming this truth.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      How serious is it to drink the wine and bread as symbols of this contract or agreement Jesus.

      Well many will agree it tajes two or more to agree on a contract.

      So that means this contract is like no other. It has binding on the bases of a value paid. Jesus paid with his life . To give us a future.

      But notice what is written how serious it would be if people treated that contract as nothing. Or they just did not appreciate the sacredness of the meaning.

      Therefore, whoever eats the loaf or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty respecting the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 First let a man approve himself after scrutiny, and only then let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. 29 For the one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment against himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and quite a few are sleeping in death.

      People are not to eat and drink these symbols as little meaning or value .

      Because these symbols are a contract between Jesus and those picked for the New Government.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      To make this more clear what the Blood of Jesus meant in that meal was a contract. These symbols were a binding contract ,like people do in a wedding. The ring can mean a symbolic bound of marriage

      Reference Bible Lu 22:29 and I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom,

      Covenant Define Covenant at

      noun 1. an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. 2. Law. an incidental clause in such an agreement.

      This Covenant was only between his faithful followers , Notice how many were in the room at the time 12 but one as Judas left.

      This kingdom is a real Government.

      Reference Bible Re 20:6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.

      Jesus was making a contract between him and them as his chosen staff or cabinet members As seats of Government in the heavenly realm. The wine and bread was a symbol as that contract like pen and paper.

      That is why not all people he had preached to and healed was present . Because in actuality only those who have been picked will be of that calling to work beside Jesus in the New Government.

      That is why in Rev. It clearly says

      Reference Bible Re 14:3 And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth.

      That is the only number of humans taken from the earth to take positions or Jobs

      beside Jesus in Government.

      What does that mean for the rest .we the survivors will be the citizens ,we will be the benefactors.

      As the scriptures has it written.

      Reference Bible Mt 6:10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.

      This prayer has been answered.

      Citizenship of this New Government requires accurate knowledge . Not based on the laws of Men .for they have had their day.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Mathew 24:9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

      Who is saved ? Those that endure these things listed will.

      Just because you believe is not enough you will have to act with it.

      Example Judas was in the beginning a faithful choice that walk with the Jesus.

      But what happened when the persecutors came ?

      That was the real test of faith.

      However, you are the ones who have stuck with me in my trials; Mathew 26:29 and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel.

      Reference Bible Joh 13:2 So, while the evening meal was going on, the Devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Is·carʹi·ot, the son of Simon, to betray him,

      Reference Bible Mt 26:24 True, the Son of man is going away, just as it is written concerning him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been finer for him if that man had not been born.”

      So this is a great example ,Judas believed and walked with Jesus yet in the end he did not stand faithful in it by his actions. He tried to kill hisself.

      Also the cross is pagan not true of what Jesus died on he died on a stake or one piece of wood.

      King James Version Ga 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

      Notice tree as one piece.

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      Shameka Sutton 2 years ago

      Since Christ came to die for the sins of the world, the bread and wine is nothing more than a symbol for the blood he shed on calvary and his body that he laid down for us so that we may not have to be put to death for our sins anymore....We are now saved by God' s grace and mercy. If christians practiced cannibalism that means during the holy communion, they would be eating flesh and drinking blood... So no that would not be a practice of cannibalism.....

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Yes and No . First their has been a violation of what this really means. Second it is a symbol of unity of those that will rule with Christ in his Government.

      Since the death of the last disciples ,untruths were slowly leaked in like a poison that has done a lot of damage.

      But the bible of truth always stood with truth .

      People in general have established their own interpretations of God's thoughts.

      When really they are rejecting his opinion and judgments.

      So what do they do they say things are ok when the bible says its not. Yet when they read it they ignore what it is saying by replacing their meaning of convenience.

      Sorry but this is truth.

      If I was to say to a person that is sick I do not have the cure. And it is the truth

      Would it be proper to say I have a cure and change the words to untruth ,will that change the outcome.

      So many people are saying things are ok to do when it is not in the end

      According to the future.