According to an article posted recently on the Huffington Post , In a recent gathering of Methodist scholars, it was explored whether the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper could be administered on the Internet.
For Orthodox Christians, this is unintelligible, forcing us to take a closer look at what is really being said. To be certain that my initial understanding was correct, I read the article once again and found that indeed, they are discussing the Eucharist, according to their tradition and understanding. The article goes on to state:
The participants recognized that “historically, the church has understood a service of Holy Communion to be a celebration within a physically gathered community. The emergence of interactive digital media raises new questions about the meaning of gathered community and requires further thinking about our beliefs and practices.”
They also affirmed the church’s exploration and use of interactive digital media in the fulfillment of its mission.
This quote shows that there is a nominal understanding that the Eucharist is a community celebration, but it does not even consider that the Eucharist is the administering of the very Body and very Blood of our Lord, God, and Savior. In a time when the traditions, teachings, and Sacraments have been obfuscated, such ideas become possible. If the consecration of the gifts doesn’t truly occur, if the bread, water, and wine are only symbolic, as many believe today, then virtual communion becomes a reality.
Let us heed to words of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle of the nations, Saint Paul:
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8