Read 1 Corinthians 11:25-30. These few passages deal with the Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist – whatever your church calls it.
It states: “In the same way, after super he (Jesus) took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
“Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick and a number of you have fallen asleep.”
It is the last sentence here that is most important and the “fallen asleep” part is a euphemism for death. Its usage is just like our usage today when we have to put a dog or pet “to sleep”.
But with my college degree in biology and a split chemistry/physics minor, this sets up the possibility of an interesting experiment. What this passage of 1 Corinthians 11:30 states is that those who are card-carrying, authentic, Bible-believing really and truly Christians will get sick, weak, ill with some even dying IF they take communion but do not fully buy into the stated basis of this belief.
So . . . let’s set up an experiment. Let’s get a collection of those through their long beliefs, their sincere Christianity, their attendance at church and through verification of their pastors or priests for one part of this experiment.
Let’s gather an equal numbered collection of non-believers for the other part of this collection. We could find these from their membership in various humanist, skeptic, agnostic and atheist organizations. And we of course should have an equal number on both sides of this theological fence.
We might have 100 per side or 500 or 1,000 – it would make no difference. Of course, all should have health checkups to make sure that they are in good health with no chronic diseases or obvious health problems.
Then on a specific Sunday, we have all of them take communion at a church or perhaps at their local church. Then we wait.
We might wait a while, but we can put a limit on this of a few months, a year or two or something. Just as long as both sides agree to the specified time frame.
We wait to see how and how many in each group get sick, weak, ill, or even die. If there is no sickness, illness, demonstrable health problems and death among the believers, and there is among the non-believers, then we know for a fact that this section of the New Testament is really, really true and God did smite (there’s a good Biblical word!) those who are non-believers.
But if the results are about equal in both groups in terms of illness, diagnosed disease and even death, then we know that this communion thing is a big fake, a giant meaningless threat, a hocus-pocus belief, a superstition and worse against the masses and that it all means nothing.
Anybody ready for a good yet demonstrative simple experiment?