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"It makes no sense to believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist"- Evaluate this statement.

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Introduction

"It makes no sense to believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist"- Evaluate this statement. The dictionary definition of the word Eucharist is "a sacrament in which the worshipper is united to Christ by partaking of consecrated bread and wine." (The Penguin English Dictionary 3rd Edition) The Eucharist is also often referred to as the Liturgy, Last Supper and Mass. To evaluate this statement we must look at factors both for and against it before drawing a conclusion. Some people might believe that Christ cannot be present within the Eucharist as he cannot be seen and he died over two thousand years ago. When the Eucharist is celebrated it is just a memorial of Christ's death in the same way as a funeral. ...read more.

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They might also think that even if Christ can be present then it is impossible for him to be present in so many places at exactly the same time. Others strongly believe that Christ is present in some form at the Eucharist. According to the Bible, Christ said that if three or more people were gathered in his name, then he would be present. There are two different beliefs as to what happens during the Eucharist. The Lutherans and some other sub religions believe in Consubstantiation, which is that the bread and wine take on the appearance of Christ's body and blood. They basically believe that during the Eucharist the bread and blood really do turn into the body & blood of Christ. ...read more.

Conclusion

He clearly instructed his disciples to "do this in memory of me". I think that the bread and wine does change into Christ's blood and body but only in essence. I strongly believe that Christ is present in the Eucharist and that he looks down on everyone celebrating in his name. It is true that it would be difficult for him to be present in many different locations at exactly the same time but then we have already understood that it is likely that he is present in spiritual form, and as many of us have a limited understanding of this type of being we can not really argue this point further. ...read more.

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