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AtleastImHonest AtleastImHonest 26-30, M 11 Answers Apr 26, 2012

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A catholic was explaining to me how weird some pentecoastal church she attended was, because they sang and chanted and crap. And I was like, dude, you pretend to drink the blood of a dead guy every Sunday...Get a little perspective.

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It was the only way that he could explain what is the church to idiots

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People eat and drink Christ do so in obedience to His teaching, "Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you cannot have life within you." (John 6:53) <br />
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It is not cannibalism because cannibals eat what is dead. By contrast, Christ is alive. Cannibals only take part of their victims. But even the smallest particle of the Eucharist contains the entire body and blood of Christ. When a Catholic receives the Eucharst, he is receiving not just flesh but glorified flesh, a resurrected and transfigured super body that foreshadows the new reality of a new heaven and new earth. Cannibalistic practices don't do that. <br />
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Because the risen Jesus is live, His immortal soul is united to His body and blood, and inseparable from them in the Eucharist. Because Jesus Christ is true man and true God, His divinity and His humanity are also inseparable. Consequently, when partaking of the human aspects of Christ, His body, blood, and soul, we also partake of His divine nature. When we eat food, it becomes part of us. With the Eucharist, however, the opposite happens. We become a part of it, that is, in Holy Communion, we are made a part of the mystical body of Christ. In our Lord's words, those who eat His flesh and drink His blood abide in Him. (John 6:40)<br />
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The Eucharist is non violent. It is the non bloody re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Cross. Cannibalism on the other hand is inherently violent.<br />
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The disciples who were scandalised by Jesus' hard saying (John 6:61) were right to be horrified by cannibalism but wrong to identify it with what they were hearing. The Eucharist is not another form of cannibalism. On the contrary, it is a holy union with Life itself, which cannibal acts blindly seek but never obtain.

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The reasons for this ritual are clearly spelled out in Christ's own words in the new testament.<br />
Find your answer there.

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Yes but the symbol. Did he want people to eat and drink from him? Think about it from an outside perspective... if some other culture at food which was supposedly the flesh of their prophet. Wouldn't you find it a little odd. That they would symbolically eat their prophet?

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because jesus gets you drunk

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That guy must have been wasted 24/7!

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and always full on bread

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there are some quite strong sadomasochistic elements in Christianity - the cross is a symbol of torture, after all

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