[quote=atratus]I need help understanding a few verses in light of the Church’s teaching on transubstantiation.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (NIV)
Obviously, a person still becomes physically thirsty and hungry after taking the Eucharist. So, how can Jesus be referring to the physical Eucharist in this verse?
The Eucharist is not physical food (except for some miraculous cases), it is spiritual food in sacramental form. Take the phrase “he who eats will never be hungry”. That’s true, but only if we understand that we are to continue to eat, not just eat one time. Exactly the same, we continuously come to Christ in the Eucharist, not just one time. Even the figurative Protestant view has the same understanding, that there is a continuous process involved. When they say “comes to Me” means believe in Christ, they are not saying that if you once believed in Christ you would never be spiritually hungry, but that if you continue to believe in Christ you will never be spiritually hungry.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (NIV)
Why does Jesus ask the apostles to do this in “remembrance” of him, if it truly is him?
First of all, “remembrance” is a poor translation of the actual word in Scripture, anamnesis. Look up the meaning of the word and you will see that it means more than remembrance, more like “making present again”.
Beyond that, even Protestants believe that Christ is truly present at their worship. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” So the argument that Christ cannot truly be present at a “remembrance” of Him is even false by Protestant theology (which makes it all the more strange that they try to use the argument against the Eucharist! :eek: ).