Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Eucharist Through the Ages

Renee Lin has a great post regarding why Catholics believe in the Eucharist as the real true presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, His true body his true blood. She states that she was told as a Baptist that the doctrine of transubstantiation was a medieval creation. However as she researched and read back further and further, she could find NO TIME in the history of Christendom that there was a belief in anything other than the Real Presence. To be accurate, a priest in the 9th century, Berengarus of Tours tried once to teach that it was just symbolic and he was soundly rebuked and recanted of his error. The Church did not teach this error. Even Luther believed and fought vehemently to defend the doctrine of the Real Presence , though later morphing into consubstantiation.  If sola scriptura is so true, why were there over 200 interpretations of the Lord's Supper within just 100 years of the reformation, but only one interpretation beforehand? (but I digress)
     So Why do Catholics believe in the Eucharist as the true flesh and blood of our Lord? Because we Catholics believe Jesus and take him at his word! We also see his teachings supported and promoted for 2000 years in a unchanging fashion first from the apostles and then to those in succession to the apostles.

"Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”  (JESUS)

"Surely, it is not credible, nor possible, since they often speak, and repeat their sentiments, that they should never (if they thought so) not so much as once, say, or let slip these words: It is bread only; or the body of Christ is not there, especially it being of great importance, that men should not be deceived. Certainly, in so many Fathers, and in so many writings, the negative might at least be found in one of them, had they thought the body and blood of Christ were not really present: but they are all of them unanimous.”

Regarding the Eucharist he also said: "For it is dangerous and dreadful to hear or believe anything against the unanimous testimony, faith, and doctrine of the entire holy Christian Church, as it has been held unanimously in all the world up to this year 1500." (Luther)


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