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Did Jesus institute Holy Communion?

Did Jesus institute Holy Communion (The Lord's Supper / Eucharist)? In a previous article we looked at how Jesus started a spiritual movement and not a religion. What then about Holy Communion that is practiced as a ritual meal (a sacrament in most churches and an ordinance in others)?

As with so many other teachings of Jesus, I believe that the Lord's Supper has been replaced by tradition and silly religious practices.

Before we take a look at the 'institution of Holy Communion' in the Bible, we need to look at this principle of 'eating and drinking' Jesus.
I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).” Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? - John 6:52-52 (AMP) This teaching was so strange and weird to the disciples of Jesus tha…
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Can a Christian do Tai-Chi?

What is Tai-Chi? When most people think of Tai Chi they think of a group of old people doing slow meditative movements in a park, it has even earned the nick name 'old people sneaking up on tree'.

The history of Tai Chi  (aka Tai Chi Chuan, aka Taijiquan) is centuries old and has roots in traditions that date back at least 3 millennia. The principles on which the art is founded can be found in some of the earliest Chinese writings. Tai chi, as we know it today, initially gained fame in the 18th and 19th centuries as a powerful internal martial art.  In the 20th century, it also became known as a healing exercise. Why do people today practice Tai Chi?Health and healing. Tai Chi has many health benefits that will be discussed in the section below.Reduce stress and anxiety.It can be practiced at any age. Unlike most other forms of martial arts where old age starts to become a problem at some stage, Tai Chi can be practiced at any age and has been proven to be beneficial for the …

Spiritual But Not Religious

Some will say that being spiritual and being religious is the same thing and that you can't be spiritual without being religious.  Some people will say that the SBNR movement is confused people who are not sure what to believe, so they pick and choose from other religions what they like. Then there are others that will say Christians that say they are spiritual but not religious are just too lazy to go to church.
The truth however is that being spiritual and not religious is something that Jesus taught.  The word 'religion' comes from the Latin word that means 'to bind' or 'to tie'. Religion binds you to a certain traditional way of thinking. Religion with its immovable dogmas tries to put God into a box with a list of 'features' and 'requirements'. They condemn and judge outsiders and enslave their own. Religion is so busy observing man made rules that they miss God. Religion is spirituality that is made useless because of all the added ba…

Jesus and the Law

What did Jesus teach us about the (Old Testament) law? Did Jesus teach us to uphold the law during the Sermon on the Mount and follow all the rules and rituals of the Old Testament?

Many Christians believe that Jesus said we should stay true to the the Old Testament law during the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. Lets have a look at the verses below:
Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the [a]Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished. 19 So whoever breaks one of the least [important] of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:17-19 The key word…

Is the Bible the Word of God?

Is the Bible the inerrant, infallible Word of God? For years I used to believe that every verse in the Bible was the 'Word of God'. As I studied the Bible and grew spiritually I every once in a while came across 'problems' in the Bible. Things that I found difficult to believe was the will of God. The problems became more and bigger and it got to the point where I had to take a hard and brutally honest look at the Bible.

From childhood we are taught that the Bible is the Word of God in such a way that we never dare to question it. The idea that every verse in the Bible is the 'Word of God' caused Christians to use the Bible as some sort of weapon to oppress and judge others - to somehow be the moral authority of the world. You just need to take a look at the history of Christianity to see how badly that turned out.

Lets take a look at a couple of important points on the Bible:
Jesus did not believe every verse in the Bible is the Word of God (see example in the…

Health, Healing and Sin

Our health is important to God. One thing that Jesus did more than anything else was He healed the sick. He did not just heal the lucky ones that lived when He was walking on earth - He taught us important principles about healing and health.

One thing He did teach us is that if you want to receive healing you need to believe that your sins are forgiven.
When they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they [a]removed the roof above Jesus; and when they had dug out an opening, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying. When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” - Mark 2:4-5 Before Jesus healed the paralyzed man he first said to him 'your sins are forgiven'. Why?  We are not sure if the man was paralyzed because of sin, but one thing was clear - he needed to believe he was forgiven of all sin before he could receive healing.
If you are sick and you pray for heali…

Let the dead bury their own dead

'Let the dead bury their own dead' - it sounds like a line from a zombie movie - but it is something that Jesus said. Most people just try to explain this away as if it was an absent-minded, embarrassing tweet from Jesus. It is however a deep spiritual saying full of power and wisdom.
 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead - Matthew 8:21-22 (NRSV)A bit shocking at first glance - isn't it?! 

In the traditions of the time a person would have been buried on the same day. So the fact that the person can't follow Jesus at this stage but first need time to bury his father tells us that his father is probably still alive - possibly old and in need of care. Is Jesus really telling the disciple to abandon his dying father?!

Common interpretations that I think is incorrectThe father already died but the son still needed to perform a final burial that takes place a…