As a theologian, I take an interest in the religious practices of various Christian denominations. While I was conducting my research on salvation for my next theology class, I came across a question of whether we can go to heaven without the Eucharist. Despite the scripture being clear on requirements to go to heaven, some doctrines still believe the Holy Communion is not the only way to salvation. I was intrigued by this and decided to visit a local Catholic and Protestant Church to know why the Eucharist was crucial in Catholic doctrine. I gained much insight from the clergy that proved useful recently. The other week, one of my theology students asked me a similar question; if Eucharist was necessary for salvation? Since I had done extensive research, I answered the students satisfactorily. Therefore, can you go to heaven without Eucharist?
There is no real proof whether those who don’t take Eucharist will go to heaven. However, the Gospel of John mentions that Jesus is the bread of life and that anyone who partakes in it shall not die but have eternal life, John6:51-58; this shows that the Eucharist is important in the quest to heaven.
In this article, I invite you to join me as we discuss whether we can go to heaven without Eucharist. I will address what the bible says about the Eucharist, if Catholics are required to take Eucharist to go to heaven, if Eucharist is a necessity for us to enter heaven, who is supposed to take Eucharist, and if its wrong to take it without being baptized.
What does the Holy Bible say about taking the Eucharist?
Bible shares a model of taking the Eucharist through sharing bread and wine to symbolize the body of Christ; The Bible implies that anyone eating of the flesh and drinking his blood will have eternal life, John 6:54; He told his disciples to continue with the practice in remembrance of the suffering Jesus went through for salvation; He committed the apostles who continued breaking bread in prayers, Acts 2:42.
Taking the Holy Communion was done to remember the Lord’s death till he comes; It is very wrong to take it in an unworthy manner; The drunkards and selfish were not allowed to take part in communion; According to the bible, one must examine themselves to be the in right spirits before partaking in communion, 1st Corinthians 11:27. The bible that God calls Christians to share the Eucharist with hearts that have repented.
Are Catholics required to take Eucharist to go to heaven?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, receiving communion is receiving Christ. They are supposed to receive the Eucharist when they are on the verge of death; it implies that the Eucharist will necessitate them to go to heaven. The Eucharist is the bridging gap between the heavens and earth. Those partaking in the Eucharist celebrated with the angels and saints; Catholics say it’s the window into heaven as they celebrate with the heavenly liturgy.
Who can take Eucharist?
According to the scriptures, believers who walk in fellowship and have faith are worthy of the Eucharist; persons who don’t believe in Jesus have no business taking it because the Eucharist has no significance to them; if someone has not undergone baptism, they cannot take up the Eucharist A person who eats and drinks of it brings judgment upon themselves because they are taking the blood of Christ. It implies that each person must examine their heart before having it; People with anger towards one another are not encouraged to take it and should repent and do what is right before God, as explained in Corinthians 11:28.
What happens if you take Eucharist without being baptized?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, taking the Eucharist without being baptized causes exclusion from the kingdom of Christ and paves the way for the eternal death of hell. Biblically, those who undergo baptism are partakers of the Eucharist; it is the renewal of faith and can only be taken by those proclaiming their faith in Christ. According to the catholic doctrine, anyone guilty of a grave sin is not supposed to take the Eucharist before confession.
Is the Eucharist necessary for salvation?
According to the scriptures, the Eucharist is necessary for salvation; in John 6:25, Jesus says that he is the bread of life; unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we will not have eternal life; according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, baptism is necessary for salvation for all who have received the gospel and shared the sacrament of Christ.
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