THE CATHOLIC "PROOF TEXT"
John 6:53-55 [Evil men insist this passage should be understood in the most hopelessly literal manner imaginable, so that the pagan custom of "eating god" can continue in Satan's version of "Christianity."] (When a passage IS plainly LITERAL with no possibility for any kind of figurative "interpretation," such as Matthew 23:9, they refuse to take a word of it!)
THE CONTEXT: vs. 26-65 The powerful and very spiritual passage above will only be understood when read in its context:
v. 26 "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled."
(These people were carnal. The "bread of life" they were after was received of their mouth, belly, and intestinal track.)
Ephesians 5:18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. . . ."
(There's more than one kind of being "filled": OF FLESH, and OF SPIRIT!)
v. 29 "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (Not "Mary," the mass, or "the church.")
v. 30 "What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe. . . ?" [Answer: NOTHING!]
(Unlike the Lord, Catholicism is nothing if not practical, so the old fakers conjured up for the folks something to "see"!)
4:23-24 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
v. 31 (They're still thinking in terms of filling their bellies!)
v. 32 (They don't even know who gave the former "bread": how will they believe who gave this "bread of life"?
(Both came from God directly, and the people received both from God directly, not a human priesthood.)
v. 33 "he which cometh down from heaven" does not GIVE that bread; and does not BECOME (as in "transubstantiation") that bread: He IS that bread! What he "gives" is LIFE.
v. 34 (So, naturally, these evil men, instead of believing on the Lord and receiving "life" ask for "this bread."
See 4:13-15 "Sir, give me this water. . . ."
v. 35 This is the third time here that the Lord has made Himself to be "the bread." (See vs. 32 & 33.)
v. 36 (See, I told you. They SAY they want the bread, but they DON'T BELIEVE on Him, that HE IS IT!)
v. 37 You don't get anywhere coming to a "priest," but to Him. You believe on Him and then come to Him.
Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
18:3 "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
v. 38 "For I came down from heaven. . . ." (See vs. 32 & 33.) (This is the fourth time.)
v. 40 "everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him" (If this is a "literal" passage, what does "seeth" mean?)
Matthew 13:13 "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not . . . neither do they understand."
(There is more than one way to "see," and if you don't get it, you're in serious trouble.)
v. 41 They don't object to bread, just to the fact that He said He IS the bread, and that He came down from Heaven!
v. 44 (People who can't understand this were never called of my Heavenly Father to understand it.)
v. 45 ". . . cometh unto me." (not "Mary," the mass, or the priest)
v. 47 This is being repeated for a good reason. This is the part you have to understand and do.
v. 48 (This is the fifth time.)
vs. 49 & 50 (Compared: two different kinds of bread and the results of eating them.)
v. 50 "This is the bread which cometh down from heaven. . . ." (Which one is "this" one?)
John 2:13-21 "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (They didn't know what "this" was.)
Mark 14:55-58 (Is that what the Lord said?!? No, they lied, and the "priests" are still lying about what He said.)
v. 51 (This is the sixth time.) Now, just read the rest carefully and believe what you read:
"the bread that I will give is my flesh. . . ." (NOT: "will become my flesh at the mass") The bread IS His flesh.
"which I will give for the life of the world." (This is a reference to the Roman horror of the cross, not the "mass.")
Matthew 16:21-22 (The Lord knew about it ahead of time and told His disciples, but it wasn't "optimistic" enough.)
Hebrews 7:25-27 ". . . for this he did once, when he offered up himself." (at the cross, not "the mass")
They claim the mass is a repeated "true sacrifice" (or else they wouldn't have anything to offer!)
v. 52 (As usual, they were asking questions when they should have been listening, because they didn't believe on Him.)
3:4 "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
4:10-11 "Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?"
(Unbelievers miss the spiritual point of the analogy, being hung up on the seeming incongruity of the example.)
vs. 53-57 (You definitely must eat and drink the Lord . . .)
v. 58 ". . . not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. . . ." (That is, not with your mouth!)
(Compared: two different kinds of bread and two ways of eating?) (This second way is "spirit" and "life.")
Matthew 15:17 ". . . whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?"
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS:
Romans 6:8-10 "Christ . . . dieth no more . . . He died unto sin once. . . ."
Hebrews 10:8-18 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
"THE MASS?" (a "true sacrifice of Jesus.") [If you don't believe it, you're a "heretic." If you do believe it, you're a cannibal!]
1st Corinthians 10:20-21 ". . . they sacrifice to devils, and not to God . . . Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils. . . ."
2nd Corinthians 6:15-17 "What, know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?" (See: Revelation 17:5)
1st Corinthians 11:23-24 The "this is my body" is not the same "THIS" as "this do in remembrance of me."
(11:20 "When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.")
(There was only one of those: you won't do it again on this earth.)
Also, when you do something "in remembrance" it is not the same as doing the thing: i.e., a "true sacrifice of Jesus."
vs. 25 "This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."
(Catholicism gave up on this pretence a few years ago: they were spilling too much of "God's blood" on the floor.)
Again, it is to be done "in remembrance" and the drinking of LITERAL BLOOD is out of the question.
Acts 15:19-20 ". . . we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols . . . and from blood."
vs. 28-29 ". . . abstain from . . . blood. . . ."
Psalm 16:4 ". . . their drink offerings of blood will I not offer. . . ."
The "remembrance" is figurative, as is the token that represents the Lord's death and spilled blood in communion:
Genesis 49:11 ". . . the blood of grapes. . . ."
Deuteronomy 32:14 ". . . the pure blood of the grape."
26-29 ". . . he . . . eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." (which is NOT the Baal biscuit)
12:12-14 "For as the body is one . . . and all the members of that one body being many, are one body. . . ."
Ephesians 1:22-23 ". . . the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."
Colossians 1:18-24 "And he is the head of the body, the church . . . for his body's sake, which is the church. . . ."
John 6:59-63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (And must be spiritually received, not as the Israelites did eat manna and are dead.)
Hosea 8:11-14 They have ". . . made many altars to sin. . . . They sacrifice flesh [so they say] . . . and eat it."