Lies Regarding The Lords Supper
Augustine: “I promised you who have now been baptized, a sermon in which I would explain the sacrament of the Lord’s Table…… 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” (Augustine- Sermons 227).
The bread and wine which are placed on the altar are substantially changed into the true and proper and living flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Berengarius oath at the Reformation at the sixth council of Rome- As quoted by Denzinger Sources of Catholic Dogma, 355)
Jesus Christ, whose body and blood are truly contained in the sacrament of the altar under the species of bread and wine; the bread (changed) into His body by the divine power of transubstantiation, and the wine into the blood. (Declaration of the Fourth Lateran Council in AD 1215)
There is no such thing as “Transubstantiation” in the Lord’s Supper as the Catholic fathers falsely claimed. Yehoshua never commanded that his disciples should drink his actual blood because He Was A Jew, a rabbi for that matter. God strictly warned the Hebrews not to consume blood!
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. (Leviticus 17:10-14)
There is no magic attached to the Lord’s supper, but there is a transforming Spiritual reality behind it. As a Jewish Rabbi, Yahshua drew the theory of the Lord’s supper from the feast of Passover and Jewish marriage. According to the Tanakh, (the Hebrew bible) marriage in Jewish culture has two procedures. The first step is known as “kiddushin,” and the second is called “nisu’in.” The word “Kiddushin” is represented by the English word “espoused” or “betrothal”. However, in Hebrew or Aramaic, the term “Kiddushin” stands for sanctification, separation or to set apart; it is a formal agreement to marry.
When a Jewish young man finds a virgin girl to marry, his father will accompany him to the girl’s house with a jar of fresh wine, when they enter the house he pours wine in a cup and presents it to the girl and says to her “the wine in this cup represents my blood, my life, if you take this cup from me and drink it you become my wife; the bone of my bone and the flesh of my flesh.” If the girl consciously accepts the cup and drinks it she becomes the wife of that man forever. The husband will remind his new bride that they will not drink wine together again until the day they move into their new home. However, the bride will not pack her things immediately and follow the man, instead the groom will return home with his father, and his father will assist him to prepare a good home where he and his new bride will spend the rest of their life. After the years of preparation, the groom will then return with joy to receive his bride. During the time of the bible, the Jewish betrothal period or engagement was different from an ordinary intention to marry as we know it today; based on Torah (the Mosaic Laws) engagement has an equal standing with marriage, the betrothed couple were legally in the position of a married couple, in Deuteronomy 22:24 a betrothed woman is called a wife, also in Mathew 1:20 Mary as a betrothed virgin was addressed as Joseph’s wife, also in Mathew 1:19 Joseph was called Mary’s husband, not her boyfriend or fiancee. But still there were no sexual relations during the period, any unfaithfulness was “adultery” and the penalty was death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23-27). Then engagement was breakable only by divorce. So, when the Lord gave the cup of wine to his Hebrew disciples and said to them;
“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:28-29)
The disciples as Jews understood what their Rabbi had demonstrated; they received the cup with a clear knowledge that they were sealing a covenant with the Lord; in other words, they consciously agreed to give their souls to Yah, they accepted that for better or for worse they would live and die for Yah’s sake and they wouldn’t by any means betray him. It is a pity that Christians are taught a lie that the early Jewish disciples of Yahshua used a Greek bible “Septuagint” instead of the Hebrew bible ‘Tanakh”. Most Christians don’t realize that they are lacking seriously by not trying to understand the original language and culture of the people who wrote what is known as “the bible”. To be continued…