Hey everyone, I have a few questions concerning my role in the church. I have some friends who do not believe that the communion is the true body and blood. Being raised in a protestant church but having been baptised in the orthodox church, they have been taught that the bread and wine does not become the true body and blood. Ive spoken to them on many occasion trying to explain to them why it is the true body and blood of our Lord and they always seem like near the end they finally get it, but the next time I talk to them its as if I said nothing at all.
The problem is, they continue to take the communion in the orthodox church. Not only that, but this is the great fast, in which none should partake of the communion unless you are fasting, well, there not fasting and there still taking communion. When I tell them they shouldn't be taking communion if there not fasting or dont even confess its the real body and blood they say I'm so strict and i'm judging them and how God is merciful and he wont "send you to hell" because your not fasting and you took communion. I really don't know what to tell them anymore.. Is it my responsibility to tell them to stop taking communion unless there fasting and believe its the true body and blood? Or is it okay that they continue doing as they do as long as they just "dont understand" and thus wont be judged for it.