The Body?

“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
-St. Paul

Something happened recently that caused me to sit down and evaluate the ‘Body of Christ.’ What is the Body of Christ? Most Christians would answer, “the Church.” I would have to agree with that answer. The problem is I don’t think most Christians actually know what they’re talking about when they say these words.

What is the church? Is it the local congregation I attend? No, it has to be more than that.

Is it the denomination’s district that my church is in? No, that’s too small.

Is it the denomination’s region that my church is in? No, I must be more. Is it my denomination?

No, that’s just arrogant thinking. Up to this point most would be agreeing with me undoubtedly. Is the Church all protestant churches? Is it? Is that the body of Christ?

It can’t be. I mean, after all Episcopalians are going Hell, they allow homosexuals in their churches.

What about those Baptists? We all know they’re too fundamentalist.

What about those Calvinists? They think God chooses people who go to Hell.

What about those Wesleyans? They think you have to be perfect or you’ll loose your salvation.

What about those Pentecostals? They believe in speaking in tongues.

What about those Catholics? They pray to Marry and think that the communion bread is real flesh.

What about Orthodox churches? They light candles and pray to saints. They worship Icons.

Clearly none of these can be the “real church.” None of them are right. How could any of them represent the “Body of Christ?”

If this is true, if this is how I believe then I’m only left with one conclusion.

There is no such thing as the Body of Christ.

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  1. Paul, appreciate you writing about this. You bring up some interesting points. I wonder how many Christians see and refer to the Body of Christ as just their own local church and neglect to realize the other body parts scattered all over the world? Thanks for reminding me to think globally when I think about the Body of Christ. T <><

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