Originally Posted by Matt Slick
The RC Eucharist cannot literally be Christ’s blood because when Jesus instituted the supper, Levitical Law was still in effect since the death of Christ had not yet occurred and the New Covenant was not then instituted (Heb. 9:15-16). So, since the disciples were under O.T. Law when Jesus instituted the Supper, then how was Jesus NOT urging the disciples to violate the command in Lev. 17:14 which says that they were NOT drink the blood of any flesh? (Furthermore, the Jerusalem council also forbid drinking blood in Acts 15:19-20).
This ^ is a really superficial understanding of scripture.
First of all:
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.e People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast* while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
Mark chapter 2
The Apostles were not bound by Mosaic Law as long as they were Jesus’ Apostles.
Paul’s Rights as an Apostle.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
Am I saying this on human authority, or does not the law also speak of these things?
It is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”d Is God concerned about oxen,
or is he not really speaking for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope, and the thresher in hope of receiving a share.
1 Cor. chapter 9
And regarding Acts 15: 19-20, this was a prohibition regarding pagan sacrifices - thats what “strangled animals” is referring to… sacrificing animals to pagan gods, and drinking their blood. It has nothing to do with the Eucharist. It never did, even in Leviticus.
In Mosaic Law, the proper use of blood is for atonement. That is why the blood of a sacrifice had to be brought to the “place of meeting”, or alter…and here’s the point: the alter of the One True God was to be used for atonement, not the alters of pagan gods which resided in the “wilderness”.
Jesus’ sacrifice was indeed for atonement, so it was a proper use of blood offering.
One other interesting piece of scripture that I’m not sure has anything to do with this topic, but maybe it does. St. Paul did what he had to do to get Jews and Gentiles together:
Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.n
To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win over those under the law.
To those outside the law I became like one outside the law—though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ—to win over those outside the law.
1 Cor. chapter 9