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Transubstantiation or consubstantiation or pretentious
"Jesus  said  to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat
the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no
life  in  you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has
eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last  day.  For
my  flesh  is  real  food  and my blood is real drink."(John
Encyclopedia Americana  (1959)  under  the  title  Eucharist
gives  an  enigmatic  information  about the Holy Communion.
Here is the first paragraph:
"The Roman Catholic Church teaches and maintains that it has
always  taught  that the Holy Eucharist is a sacrament, that
after the consecration of the bread and wine  in  the  Mass,
Jesus  Christ,  true God and true man, is really, truly, and
substantially present under the  appearances  of  bread  and
wine.  It  teaches  that  He  is  not present there, as most
Protestantism    maintains,    merely    symbolically,    or
figuratively,   or  virtually;  it  teaches  that  there  is
contained in the sacrament of the Holy  Eucharist,  together
with  His  body  and blood, really, truly, and substantially
present, also the  soul  and  divinity  of  Our  Lord  Jesus
Christ,  that  is, the whole Christ; it teaches further that
by the consecration of the bread and wine at Mass, the whole
substance  of  bread  is converted into the substance of the
body of Christ, and the  whole  substance  of  the  body  of
Christ,  and  the  whole substance of wine is converted into
His blood, and that only the appearances of bread  and  wine
remain.  The conversion that takes place in the Eucharist is
called Transubstantiation. The presence  of  Christ  in  the
Eucharist  is  known as the Real Presence." (Henry R. Burke,
S.S., Catholic University of America).
The translation of the above mumbo jumbo is this: Bread  and
wine  are the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. This is not a
metaphorical or an allegorical statement.  When  consecrated
in  Eucharist,  bread  and  wine convert to the substance of
Christ's body. This is called Transubstantiation.  This  odd
theological  doctrine  and  liturgy,  however, is not shared
exactly by all the sects and denominations of  Christianity.
The  founder  of Protestantism, while accepting the chemical
reaction of bread and wine changing into the flesh and blood
of "God," yet uses another term:
"Luther  alone retained the doctrine of the Real Presence of
Christ in  the  Eucharist,  but  replaced  the  doctrine  of
Transubstantiation   with   that   of  consubstantiation  or
impenation." (Encyclopedia Americana, Eucharist).
The fact remains that regardless of what it is called  bread
and wine converting to flesh and blood is beyond my chemical
knowledge and beyond the knowledge any modern chemist.  This
appears  to  be  a  type  of  symbolism.  But,  what type of
deranged mentality wishes to allude to cannibalism in  their
religious rights.
                                     Pretentious cannibalism
As  we  questioned  the  reliability and authenticity of the
Bible in previous questions, we have no  doubt  that  Jesus'
words  have  been  distorted  by Paul and his disciples. His
allegory on bread and water must  have  been  refracted  and
distorted   through  oral  narrations  and  some  deliberate
interventions. If we read  Luke  12:1-2  we  will  see  that
"leaven"  is  used by Jesus Christ for "doctrine". Jesus may
have told his disciples: "Eat my bread, drink my water;  not
others."  Why  should these allegorical words be transformed
to what we have today, "bread and wine is  God's  flesh  and
blood.  When  we  eat them in Sacrament we will gain eternal
life"? The answer lays under the title of "Cannibalism":
"A common and widely occurring custom, it is  an  expression
of blood-thirstiness or exultation over an enemy's downfall,
and  in  many  cases  is  motivated  by  a  belief  in   the
possibility  of  acquiring the enemy's strength, prowess, or
certain magical qualities by  swallowing  flesh.  Where,  as
among  the  tribes  of  East Africa, the flesh of a deceased
relative was eaten, the purpose was to conserve  his  spirit
and virtues for the family." (Encyclopedia Americana).
Defining  the Holy Communion as "pretentious cannibalism" is
not a euphemistic manner. However, the practice, the  theory
and  the  victim  do  not  yield  to  a  milder  definition.
Attribution of this absurdity to one of the  wisest  figures
in   history   is   the  most  wicked  lie  and  defamation.
Calamitously, the faith and  the  practice  of  hundreds  of
millions  of  people  once again confirms Goebbels, Hitler's
Minister of Propaganda:
Related questions:
1.  How does bread convert into Jesus's flesh, and wine into
    his blood? Which transformation is correct,
    transubstantiation or consubstantiation?
2.  After witnessing so many intentional, unintentional
    errors and distortions in the Bible how can you assure
    us that Jesus used to drink wine, instead of water or
    fruit juice?
3.  Why do you consecrate wine, an intoxicating drink?
    What is the contribution of the Holy Communion to
    the widespread alcoholism in the Western world?
4.  Was Jesus drinking his own blood,
    and eating his own flesh?
5.  Why do you accept the "leaven" in Luke 12:1-2 as
    an allegory for "doctrine", but on the other hand take
    the "bread" and "wine" literally?

Moslem Questions on Christianity Edip Yuksel P.O. Box 43476, Tucson, AZ 85733-3476 U.S.A. Tel/Fax: (520) 323-7636

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