If there was proof that early Christians believed that the bread and wine was literally the body and blood of Christ, would that have an impact on what you believe about Eucharist? (communion)
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 7:11 PM on Oct. 7, 2010
Ignatious of Antioch wrote in AD 110:
"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible."
"They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again."
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:44 PM on Oct. 7, 2010
Justin Martyr wrote in AD 151:
"We call this food Eucharist, and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true…is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus"
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:45 PM on Oct. 7, 2010
Irenaeus wrote in AD 189:
When, therefore, the mixed cup and the baked bread receives the Word of God and becomes the Eucharist, the body of Christ, and from these the substance of our flesh is increased and supported, how can they say that the flesh is not capable of receiving the gift of God, which is eternal life-flesh which is nourished by the body and blood of the Lord, and is in fact a member of him?"
Augustine wrote in AD 411:
“That bread which you see on the altar, having been sanctified by the word of God, is the body of Christ. That chalice, or rather, what is in that chalice, having been sanctified by the word of God, is the blood of Christ."
In addition to Iamgr8tefuls excellent biblical reference of John 6, Paul wrote in 1 Cor 10:16, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?" So when we receive Communion, we actually participate in the body and blood of Christ, not just eat symbols of them. Paul also said in 1 Cor 11:27,29, "Therefore whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. . . . For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself" 'To answer for the body and blood' of someone meant to be guilty of a crime as serious as homicide. Paul’s comment makes sense only if the bread and wine became the real body and blood of Christ.
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:54 PM on Oct. 7, 2010
Answer by san78 at 4:29 PM on Oct. 8, 2010
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