Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 116, Hebrews 9:11-15, Mark 14:12-26
Protestants disagree with Catholics that Holy Communion once consecrated by an ordained priest is the REAL substantial flesh and blood of Christ under the guise of bread and wine.
My stance is always the same. If there is a disagreement on a theological matter, let’s look at Scripture and what the early Christians had to say about it (internal and external evidence). That way, we can logically deduce true orthodox teaching.
So, Scripture first. All four Gospels emphasize that the Lord’s Supper took place at Passover. This is critical. Since all Christians believe that Jesus Christ instituted a NEW Passover, it is thus pertinent to know what the Old Passover is, so we can juxtapose it with the New.
The Old Passover in short, was to commemorate the liberation from Egypt. There were two elements involved: Blood and Sacrifice. Details? Sacrifice an unblemished male lamb, drain its blood, EAT the lamb (Ex 12). Already, we can see a powerful prefigurement of the Catholic Eucharist.
What does Jesus teach? EAT my flesh, THREE times (John 6:51-58). At the Last Supper:
“Take this bread and wine, which IS my body and blood.” (Paul echoes this in 1 Cor 11:24-25.)
Now, external evidence of the Church Fathers:
“I desire the Bread of God, WHICH IS THE FLESH OF JESUS CHRIST..and for drink I DESIRE HIS BLOOD, which is love incorruptible.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch, 110 A.D). This man was a Disciple of John — I would trust him.
“We also eat the bread presented to us; and this bread becomes by prayer a SACRED BODY.” (Origen, A.D. 185-254).
The list of writings goes on and not ONE Church father denied the real presence of Christ.
With that, allow me to ask — where in the Bible does it say that Holy Communion is just a SYMBOL since both Scripture and Tradition perfectly supports the Catholic Interpretation?
For me, the Word of Jesus is enough and my belief is shared with all the Holy Saints for the past 2000 years. What about you?
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