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Transubstantiation? You can’t just eat Jesus, man


So does the bread and wine become the body of Christ or is it just in remembrance and no transubstantiation occurs?

I’d be interested to know of your views about this.

Found this originally on Andrew Marburger tweets. 

By John A. David

A student of theology, a bible teacher and a graphics designer. I ramble a lot about Christian faith, apologetics and atheism.

3 replies on “Transubstantiation? You can’t just eat Jesus, man”

I always thought it was kind of creepy to think it actually changes because that would mean either that they are practicing cannibalism or becoming vampires. I think it’s to do in remembrance.

Transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic innovation to attempt to explain what is pure mystery. The elements do indeed become the body and blood of Christ, but not in a way that can be demonstrated or explained properly. It is a mystery just as the incarnation of Christ is a mystery.

And, to the point about “eating the man,” it’s not so much as one is “eating” Jesus, but rather it is the most profound sense of union that Christ gave to the Church. He instructed believers to eat His flesh and drink His blood or they would have no part in Him. When He blessed the cup at the Last Supper, He did not say, “this symbolizes my blood,” He said, “This IS my blood.”

Paul the Apostle said that many people had died because they ate and drank of the elements in an unworthy manner. Have you ever known someone who died from eating and drinking a metaphor?

This explanation helped me when I became an Orthodox Christian: The elements become Christ and when we ingest the elements His being mixes with our being, His body becomes our body, and His blood our blood. Do we not become what we eat? Our bodies metabolize food and it literally becomes us. This is the idea behind the Eucharist. And, not so much that we are uniting with Christ, or that we are metabolizing Him, but rather He is “metabolizing” us, we are becoming part of His body.

I know that is a crude analogy, its not perfect, but it works.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment. Thank you.

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