Is the Eucharist the New Covenant parallel to the forbidden fruit?
Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which they were commanded not to eat. We, in contrast, are commanded by Jesus to eat from the “fruit” of Mary’s womb: God Himself in the Eucharist, who will judge us with His true knowledge of good and evil. Luke 1:42, Luke 22:19
Genesis 3:4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman."
Satan told her that they would not die from eating what was forbidden. Isn’t he telling the same lie today about avoiding the Eucharist? Many people do not see any real harm in disobedience to the Church’s teachings, including Jesus’ command to eat his body.
Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Isn’t this second statement by Satan true as it relates to the Eucharist? When we consume His Body with faith our “eyes” are opened, and we become more united to God, and are better able to discern good and evil.
If disobedience resulted in Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden, does that make obedience to the Holy Eucharist the way back in (eventually, when He returns)?