What is the writer of the letter to the Hebrews saying here? It seems plain enough to me. He is telling them that the daily sacrifices and ministrations of the Levites and priests could not take away their sins. Never is a definitive term. It means NEVER. Yet every hour of every day, somewhere in the world, countless Roman Catholic priests are ministering before the pagan ossuaries they call altars and making the same vain sacrifices.
How can the church that claims divine protection from teaching error continue in practice and doctrine that which the Scriptures clearly indicate is ineffective? Easy. They force the Holy Scriptures into an interpretation that fits their needs. This practice is known to Bible scholars as eisegesis.
Spokesmen for the Roman church do not deny the truth of Hebrews 10:11. Quite the contrary, they seem to be fully in agreement with the futility of the Jewish practice. Then, they point to the next verse as supportive of the Catholic Eucharistic ritual.
"Offered up in an unbloody manner?" Where is the sacrifice? How is Christ "offered up" in sacrifice when He is not "sacrificed" at all? What is offered up in sacrifice by the Catholic priest is a little wafer made from flour and water and a cup of wine mixed with water in the Jewish tradition. But where is the feature Player in this unbloody sacrifice? Where is the Christ?
The Scriptures tell us that the Word, Second Person of the Trinity, is not on earth, but is seated at the side of the Father, speaking to Him of us.
In the above verses, and others in the Scriptures, we are told that Christ is at the right hand of the Father. Every Roman Catholic who attends Mass affirms this truth when he speaks the words of the Creed.
Did you notice the words "is seated at the right hand of the Father?" They appear in both creeds, just as they are found in the Scriptures. The verb tense is present indicative. That is telling us that Christ, the Logos, is at this very moment seated at the right hand of the Father. It does not tell us that He is seated at the right hand of the Father and simultaneously resting in cibora in tens of thousands of tabernacles around the world, in the hands of priests or laymen as they aid in the celebration of Communion or the Eucharistic sacrifice. It certainly does not tell us that He is reposing in the mouths of millions of communicants, patiently awaiting the instant when the wafer form that He has adopted begins to suffer corruption and disintegration so He might return home to the side of the Father or, what is worse, to some other mouth possibly reeking of unbrushed teeth and last night's alcoholic excess.
Certainly, as God, Christ is not limited by time or space. He certainly CAN be present everywhere at once, if that is what He chooses to do. However, He has made it clear in the Scriptures that He has other things to do that keep Him at the Father's side. For this reason, the Holy Spirit was sent to help the Body of Christ.
Whoa! When Christ was lifted up toward Heaven, two white-robed men appeared among the Apostles. Who do you reckon they were? Likely they were angels in the form of men.
Jesus met with Elias and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration and two men, probably angels, stood with His Apostles when He was taken up into Heaven. There were witnesses, credible witnesses, to both events. People SAW the transfigured Christ. People SAW His ascension. The men who were with the Apostles when the Savior ascended assured the onlookers that He "shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." This is what Christians have been longing for -- the Second Coming that is foretold in the Scriptures.
The RCC declares that her priests, her other Christs, call the Logos down from the Father's side every time they celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy. Yet when He supposedly descends from Heaven at the priest's command, no one witnesses His arrival, though the room may be filled with people. Does this conform to the promise in Acts 1:11?
It is a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, to which every Catholic must assent de fide, that the bread and wine of the Eucharistic sacrifice are literally transformed into the body and blood of Christ by a process Catholics like to call transubstantiation:
The Savior ascended into Heaven in His glory, accompanied by two men. That He ascended in a form that made it possible for the witnesses to recognize Him is obvious from the context. It seems doubtful to me that He went up to Heaven in the form of a bit of bread and a glass of wine. Yet it is Roman Catholic teaching that when He is called down from the Father's side to be sacrificed yet another time He really is fully present in a bit of bread and a glass of wine. Is this what is promised in Acts 1:11?
This is another dogma of the Roman Catholic Church to which all Catholics are to assent, but how can it be true? After the priest performs his magic, the wafer still looks like a wafer and the wine still looks like wine. How can one be certain that this whole business is not just a sham? How can he know that the bread and wine are really nothing more than bread and wine? Not to worry. The folks in the Roman dreamworks have a couple of dogmas to cover that concern:
How can this be? The Roman church declares that her priests can call Christ down from Heaven to take the form of bread and wine and that He really and truly is fully present in those "accidents," which retain their original form. Must get awful crowded, what with the Catholic Christ's body, blood, soul and divinity striving for space with the molecules of the bread and wine. Seems an unworthy place for God to take up residence. Again, the folks in the Vatican have an answer. There seems to be a pattern: Something doesn't seem to fit, just declare it a mystery and define it as dogma and Catholics no longer are permitted to question the teaching, under pain of anathema.
The dogmas that cover the little problem of explaining how all the parts of Christ can exist in the same space as all the parts of the bread and wine (which would appear to violate one of the physical laws of God's Creation) are quite creative. Seems that what looks like bread and wine really is nothing but the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Catholic Christ. There is no conmingling of incorruptible divinity with corruptible matter.
The Catholic faithful are told that the bread and wine continue to exist, but without form. They are there, but they aren't there. It really takes a lot of imagination to swallow this bit of hocus pocus. After posting the dogma, I'll let Dr. Ott explain how it works.
This is better than watching David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. The bread and wine have disappeared and what looks like the bread and wine is not bread and wine but the Catholic Christ who took those forms at the command of the priest who has the power to tell the Catholic Savior what to do. The bread and wine still exist, except they don't. The atoms of the bread and wine are no longer present in the consecrated bread and wine (which, of course are not bread and wine but the Catholic Jesus) and they cannot be borne by anything else -- not even air. How can this be? Rome has the answer, of course.
The wonder of the Catholic Eucharistic Sacrifice isn't all the mumbo jumbo of transubstantiation and gone but still there bread and wine. The wonder of the Catholic Eucharistic Sacrifice is that any reasonably intelligent individual can accept as true the incredible tapestry of fantasies and fabrications Rome has embroidered to sustain the fiction.
The Roman church claims to offer Christ in the Eucharistic Sacrifice on every Catholic altar during the celebration of the Mass. Yet Scriptures tell us that no one sacrifices Him but that He willingly laid down His life.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. -- John 10:17-18
The Roman church teaches that the Eucharistic Sacrifice is a re-presentation of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary, yet the Bible tells us that Christ's sacrifice was a one-time event.
Who are YOU going to believe? The fantasizers who work in the Vatican dreamworks? Or the Lord God Almighty in His Holy Scriptures? To me, that doesn't present a very difficult choice.
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