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Christís Flesh and Blood

 

Dear Brother Ron

 

Someone just told me about something that some Catholics believe in called "transsub-stantiation". This means that that communion wine and wafers actually turn into Christ's blood and flesh in the stomach.

Can anyone explain this to me? I mean no offense, but if that's all there is to the definition, that's a revolting concept. What is it, "The Gospel According to Bram Stoker"? How can people actually not realize Christ was talking about symbolism, not cannibalism?

Again, I mean no offense, but this has just floored me. Please, illuminate this for me.

 

Snappytrapp

 

Dear Snappytrapp

 

This is another example of Christian mythology. It is based on the last supper, as described in Matthew 26:26-28.

Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Mat 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.    

 

Those who believe in transsubstantiation claim that it is verified by the sixth chapter of John, where Jesus states that He is "the bread of life". This bread of life is to be given at the last day, when He returns to raise the dead and take them to heaven. By partaking of the eucharist, a person is accepting the promise of resurrection and is assured of being a participant in that resurrection. According to religious dogma, only those who celebrate communion will be resurrected. The Catholic church reserves to itself the right to allow or deny communion, thus controlling who will or will not receive eternal life.

 

In my opinion, this is merely another way in which a religious organization attempted to gain control and attract converts. Join the church and enjoy eternal life. Refuse and suffer eternal death. In the middle ages, the church was able to provide an immediate and graphic illustration of this policy. Seeing one's neighbors roasted alive probably provided a very strong incentive to accept membership.

 

In modern times, the ritual of communion has indeed become symbolic and has nothing to do with drinking blood or cannibalism. It serves to bind the congregation together as one family united to serve the gospel of Jesus.

Best always

Brother Ron