Should we eat the Eucharist?

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In the Bible, Jesus asked the believers to partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him (1 Corinthians 11:23-25;  Luke 22:18-20 and Matthew 26:26-28). However, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the priest turns the bread to the actual body of Christ and the grape juice into His actual blood. Let’s read in paragraph 1366, “The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit.”

The catechism continues in paragraph 1367: The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner . . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory.”

But when Jesus gave the bread to His disciples to and said, ‘this is my flesh’ and the grape juice to drink and said, ‘this is my blood’, He meant it in a figurative way. The Catholic Church has interpreted literally this figurative statement of Jesus, forgetful, apparently that He often spoke figuratively regarding Himself. For example: Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:7), and the “way” (John 14:6). All agree He was not transforming Himself into a door or a highway.

Thus we see that the practice of the Eucharist is not Biblical because it is impossible for man (the priest) to create His Creator. And, the Bible affirms that “Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28; Hebrew 10:10,12 ; Hebrew 7:27) and not every time during mass.

It is important to add that those who participate in the last supper must keep in mind that Jesus was observing the Passover, during which the Jews were to have no leaven (fermentation) for 7 days in their houses (Exodus 12:15). So, the idea of drinking fermented wine in remembrance of Christ’s blood is totally foreign to the Bible because Jesus and His disciples did not drink fermented wine at the Passover supper.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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