How do I answer the charge that the Eucharist is an idol?


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How do I answer this? “We are not to make the glorified LORD our God, into a shape, image, form, or ultimately into an idol.”


#2

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*]Jesus is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of the bread and wine used in the Eucharist.
*]Jesus is God.
*]It is not idolatrous to worship God.
*]Thus, the Eucharist is not an idol because the Eucharist is the God-Man Jesus Christ.
[/list]All that is “made” by humans in the Eucharist are the bread and wine that are used as matter. Even then, all humans do is shape the bread and wine from rawer materials. Ultimately, even the bread and wine is created by God. Jesus, by his own free will choice, chooses to present himself to us in the Eucharist. Ultimately, a charge that worshipping the Eucharist is idolatrous calls into question Jesus’ own divinity and his divine omnipotence to change the substance of the bread and wine into himself.

The devil tempted Jesus to turn stone into bread. Jesus refused that temptation, but later he turned bread and wine into his very self.


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