I’m not OCD and I’m not a hypochondriac, but the practice of communion is questionable.
First, a cute story. As a child, I went to church with one of my friends. My family wasn’t into the church thing, so I had no clue what was going on. At some point all of the people rose from their seats and went down to the front to get a little goodie. My friend’s mother told me to stay in my chair. This made me angry.
When I got home, I told my mom that everyone had snack except for me. Later, my friend’s mom called to explain that she withheld me from communion because I wasn’t a member of the church. She said she felt bad and wished she had let me participate. It turns out I may have dodged a bullet.
Communion, to me, is disgusting.
One dude’s wafer hand that goes from mouth, to mouth, to mouth, is not copacetic with current medical knowledge of disease transmission. Basically, every follower swaps spit with all other fellow church members.
A couple of questions come to mind. Has anyone done an oral bacterial population study per church? The results would be interesting. Secondly, what role has this practice played in spreading illness, from cold sores to the flu?
The Catholic Church is a big advocate for abstinence. As for communion: I will definitely abstain and hereby advise others to do the same.
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