I know! Right? I try to imitate Spock’s endeavor to think logically and appreciate Socrates’ love of discovering why people believe.
Dude! So was I. My wife and I were members of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church for several years, though I admit I’ve forgotten more about tulips than many of my Catholic friends will ever know!
So, the first thought that comes to mind is Leviticus:
“‘If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death. The one who takes the life of an animal shall make it good, life for life. If a man injures his neighbor, just as he has done, so it shall be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has injured a man, so it shall be inflicted on him.’”
I mean, Jesus’ audience would understand an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or a hand for a hand. They’d get the figure of speech carring the meaning that the punishment must fit he crime.
When he tells them they must eat his flesh and drink his blood, the only idiom to which they might be familiar, I believe is this:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
In other words, perhaps the more biblically literate among them were arguing something like, “What is he saying? Only those who kill him will live forever?”
I’d enjoy discussing scripture with you, but don’t want to be rude by abducting this discussion. Would you like to start a discussion topic about John 6 and Hebrews 10? I’m asking not with the aim of convincing you. I’m only interested, as Socrates said, in convincing myself.