So on the comments section of Joe Heschmeyer’s blog ( shamelesspopery.com/st-justin-martyr-or-idolater/ ) a Baptist is asking what we think of this thought experiment:
"The issue of the worship of the elements, is to me, a side issue. It does not really pertain to the reality of the Real Presence, which is all the article is about here.
I want to be careful not to be blasphemous, but here is a thought exercise: Christ was crucified in the year 2000 AD instead of 2000 years ago. No reason He could not have been, God’s secret counsel decided otherwise I guess.
Anyhow, being that there are claims of there being real relics that at the very least contain Christ’s blood (shroud of turin for example), if the Crucifixion happened 15 years ago we might have had had enough blood to freeze, perhaps pieces of His flesh from flogging and where the nails went through his palms. Let’s say all of that is frozen and preserved. Jesus resurrects, but the blood and said pieces of flesh or left behind.
So, if these things are preserved in the Vatican deep freeze, and put on display for people to come and worship, is that appropriate? There is no doubt that these things are really Christ’s flesh and blood.
Some may argue that they are no longer, being that they do not belong to His resurrected body. That makes sense, I suppose. Then, with the elements, are we absolutely certain that this is the crucial difference? So, Christ’s resurrected body and human nature takes on inhuman qualities in being able to multiply is mass wherever the Eucharist is celebrated? Is this what makes the Eucharist worthy of worship?
Just a thought experiment that is all."
How would you respond to this?