Could anyone here, who is knowledgeable on this subject, explain to me some of the finer points of the Lutheran’s understanding of Communion? I at more than a couple times thought about conversion, but this subject is infinitely important to me.
I ask because my mother’s friend, Andria (I love her!) is a devout, spunky Lutheran. I asked her once, “Do you believe in transubstantiation?” and she replied by saying that it was complicated and that the church was divided into two councils, each’s stance on the subject a little different. (I can’t remember which she said she was a part of–perhaps the Missouri Council.)
The last time I saw her, we got onto the Rosary a lot (I don’t know of any real problem she has with it, by the way), and consubstantiation. However, she said to ask again when there was more time and when her brain was less conjumbled. As of now, I’ve heard that Lutherans believe in “consubstantiation,” or the literal presence of Christ “in, with, and under” the bread. However, from the way she’s spoken, it’s much deeper than just that.