Over the past several days, I’ve been discussing how the Bible can be used to support the argument that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church established by Christ. We started our journey by looking at the fact that God wants everyone to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth. In my last post, I examined Jesus’ instruction that we must eat His Body and drink His Blood in order to acheive eternal life. This command greatly confused His disciples and caused many of them to scatter. It wasn’t until the Last Supper that it all became clear.
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you (Lk 22:19-20).
Now the words about eating His Body make sense and thankfully it has nothing to do with cannibalism! Our Lord didn’t say that “this REPRESENTS my Body” or “this SYMBOLIZES my Body”. He said, “This IS my Body”. Is there a church that believes that Our Lord’s Body can actually exist under the appearance of bread and that follows His command to “do this in memory of me”? This sounds like the Catholic Mass…and, come to think of it, the Catholic Church fits all of the other scriptural requirements, but it can’t really be “the Church”, can it?
Although some folks literally “stand on their head” to explain away all of the Bible passages that support Catholic doctrine, the evidence is clear. If you are Catholic, you can take comfort in the fact that our beliefs are totally in harmony with the Bible. If you are not Catholic, I invite you to compare the teachings of your church to God’s Word contained in Scripture. Look at the passages we discussed, meditate upon them and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to “the truth”. A careful and honest study of Scripture has brought many people into the Catholic Church. If you would like to learn more about becoming Catholic, please contact your local Catholic parish or email me.