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Message 46 of 51 (27416)
12-19-2002 7:47 PM
Reply to: Message 42 by metatron
12-19-2002 5:57 PM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Metatron:
BWe are going in circles the mystic writings that justify and explain the ceremony are irrelevent. The eating of the sacrement which is referred to as "blood and body of christ" is symbolic cannibalism.
Why is it eaten?
Why is it called "Blood and body"?.[/B][/QUOTE]
Isn't it clear that this entire passage is simply metephor? This is my body...this is my blood...I love with all my heart...we were made for each other...and a thousand other examples that each of us can think up.
Isn't it up there with the "take up your cross and follow me" thing? Surely they weren't all toting around actual crosses.
It is interesting, though, how a reader who is obviously not a literalist would latch onto such a literalistic reading of a passage of scripture and form some conclusion about it.
Is this simply a stirring of the pot, or a real debate? I often enjoy them both!

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Message 50 of 51 (27455)
12-20-2002 3:51 AM
Reply to: Message 47 by Coragyps
12-19-2002 8:28 PM

Originally posted by Coragyps:
I don't get into Bible-y discussions too often, but this one really is kind of interesting. Here we have a directive from a deity to practice (yes, dammit, symbolic) cannibalism or something very like it - at least eating of the deity, who happens to be in a man's form. And here we have Christians denying that this practice is even symbolic or metaphorical cannibalism.
On the topic of cannibalism, ritual or otherwise, and my feeling that the passage simply addresses a metaphorical statement, I share the following:
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said: "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter, bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."
-Stephen Crane
A metaphor is a powerful thing. It requires the most from the reader/listener, but also brings the greatest reward.
"I'm so hungry I could eat a frozen dog."
-Jack Nicholson
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