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Joining the Cannibals

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves." (John 6:53)As many have, I have often felt a twinge of something like disgust whenever I read these words by Jesus. Maybe He intended it that way to get our attention. Of course, I have also heard the explanations about what this verse means but it still seems rather stark and even crude to my inner reactions.Something came to my mind today that helps me understand this a little better. A few years ago I learned something very fascinating about the natives in jungle areas that are known for cannibalism. The more civilized people of the world have usually assumed that cannibals are simply just bad people with murderous intentions that hate outsiders and want to get rid of them by eating them. But that is actually not very accurate.Primitive cannibals actually have some very interesting motives for their strange actions toward for…