"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." ... Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. - [John 6:51, 53-54 NKJV]
The Roman Catholic Church teaches the context of John chapter 6 is a literal interpretation, thus in John 6:53, Jesus is saying that unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have eternal life. In other words, giving absolute and unconditional requirements for eternal life and forms the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation -- the miraculous changing of bread and wine into the living Christ: His body, His blood, His soul, and His divinity. When the lifeless wafer is raised and the priest whispers "Hoc corpus meus est", he is calling Jesus down from heaven to become the Eucharist, in which all in the mass will worship and consume.
What Does The Bible Teach?
- "The bread of life" (John 6:48).
- "The light of the world" (John 8:12).
- "The door" (John 10:9).
- "The good shepherd" (John 10:11).
- "The resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).
- "The way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
- "The true vine" (John 15:1).
- Referred to His body as the temple (John 2:19).
- Jesus said of His disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." (Matthew 5:13).
- David said of the cup of water that his mighty men brought back for him as a gift, was the cup of their blood. (2 Samuel 23:17) He didn't mean that it was literally the cup of their blood, but that they risked their own lives, and their blood, to get it for him.
Several times in scripture the reading of God's Word is described as eating God's Word.
- "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every [word] that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD." (Deuteronomy 8:3)
- I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary [food]. (Job 23:12)
- How sweet are Your words to my taste, [Sweeter] than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
- "Your words were found, and I ate them...(Jeremiah 15:16).
- as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
- "Do this in remembrance of Me," (Luke 22:19).
- "Do this in remembrance of Me," (1 Corinthians 11:24).
- "Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me," (1 Corinthians 11:25).
- "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes," (1 Corinthians 11:26).