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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

68- Reserved Punishment For Unworthy Partakers

 

[17] Reserved Punishment For Unworthy Partakers.

Such punishment is explained by Saint Paul:

(1 Cor 11:27) Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

The Apostle continues on to say:

St-Takla.org Image: Ethiopian fresco of the Devil, at St. Takla Haymanot Monastery, Etissa - from Saint Takla dot org's Website visit to Ethiopia, 2008 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة فريسكو، صورة حبشية في دير القديس تكلا هيمانوت، إتيسا، الحبشة - من صور زيارة موقع سان تكلا إلى إثيوبيا عام 2008

St-Takla.org Image: Ethiopian fresco of the Devil, at St. Takla Haymanot Monastery, Etissa - from Saint Takla dot org's Website visit to Ethiopia, 2008

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة فريسكو، صورة حبشية في دير القديس تكلا هيمانوت، إتيسا، الحبشة - من صور زيارة موقع سان تكلا إلى إثيوبيا عام 2008

(1 Cor 11:28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Would eating normal bread necessities all this preparedness and self examination?

Here we also note that the apostle have explicitly declared that this is the true Body and true Blood of our Lord.

The apostle emphasised the importance of examination of oneself and his worthiness.

Worthiness is marked by repentance, having no partnership with demonic practices.

(1 Cor 10:21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.

Some punishments include sickness and death.

(1 Cor 11:30-31) For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. {31} For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Could partaking of normal bread lead to sickness and death?

Would the unworthy partaking of normal memorial bread lead to judgment and condemnation?

(1 Cor 11:29) For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

We note that in verses 27 and 28 of 1 Cor 11, the apostle repeated the word the Lords Body three times.


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