Jehovah`s Witness/Is DH right?
Since Derrick the Baptist Minister proclaims it is proper to take human blood transfusions, then is it okay to eat human meat?
What about eating Jesus Christ's Flesh and drinking his Blood? Literal or Not?
Thank you and looking forward to your Biblical Response.
You know Brother, I was thinking about this carefully and trying to understand the mindset of someone who takes the entire Bible LITERALLY.
For someone who takes it literally, the eating of human flesh is really repugnant. It's cannibalism.
Yet why did Jesus say that in order to be saved, we have to "eat his flesh and drink his blood"?
(John 6:53-59) “. . .So Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. It is not as when your forefathers ate and yet died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things as he was teaching in a synagogue in Ca·perʹna·um.”
Why? Was he really saying this to shock our senses or was he telling us something else?
To a KJV literallist, how could such shocking statement by Jesus be explained if it's literal?
They can't, otherwise they will be advocating cannibalism. Worst, they will be portraying Jesus as an advocate for / of cannibalism.
So they have no choice but to accept this statement as a FIGURATIVE SPEECH or in METAPHORIC SENSE. Just like how Jesus explained to his disciples that it's not to be taken literally.
Notice how he explained it here:
(Luke 22:14-20) “. . .So when the hour came, he reclined at the table along with the apostles. 15 And he said to them: “I have greatly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” 17 And accepting a cup, he gave thanks and said: “Take this and pass it from one to the other among yourselves, 18 for I tell you, from now on, I will not drink again from the product of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.” 19 Also, he took a loaf, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” 20 Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf.”
(1 Corinthians 11:20-26) “20 When you come together in one place, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Evening Meal. 21 For when you eat it, each one takes his own evening meal beforehand, so that one is hungry but another is intoxicated. 22 Do you not have houses for eating and drinking? Or do you despise the congregation of God and make those who have nothing feel ashamed? What can I say to you? Should I commend you? In this I do not commend you. 23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night on which he was going to be betrayed took a loaf, 24 and after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body, which is in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”
25 He did the same with the cup also, after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he comes.”
So it's quite clear what he meant.
In addition, to further understand this, the "eating of Jesus' flesh and drinking his blood" is metaphorically similar to what he said to Nicodemus when he said the following:
(John 3:3-5) “. . .In response Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4 Nic·o·deʹmus said to him: “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter into the womb of his mother a second time and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered: “Most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”
So since being born again doesn't mean literally mean to be born again as Nicodemus understood it to be, the "eating of Jesus' flesh and drinking his blood" doesn't mean literally eating human flesh and drinking human blood.
No. To quote some of our publications:
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What did Jesus mean by his statement at John 6:53-57?
“Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me.’”—John 6:53-57, JB.
Is this to be understood as meaning that they were literally to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood? If so, Jesus would have been advocating a violation of the Law that God had given Israel through Moses. That Law prohibited the consuming of any sort of blood. (Lev. 17:10-12) Contrary to advocating such a thing, Jesus spoke out strongly against breaking any of the requirements of the Law. (Matt. 5:17-19) So what Jesus had in mind must have been eating and drinking in a figurative sense, by exercising faith in the value of his perfect human sacrifice.—Compare John 3:16; 4:14; 6:35, 40.
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Jesus wants his listeners to understand that the eating of his flesh would be done in a figurative way. So, to emphasize this, he says something still more objectionable if taken in a literal way.
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood,” Jesus declares, “you have no life in yourselves. He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day;
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True, if Jesus were here suggesting cannibalism, his teaching would sound most offensive. But, of course, Jesus is not advocating literally eating flesh or drinking blood. He is simply emphasizing that all who receive everlasting life must exercise faith in the sacrifice that he is to make when he offers up his perfect human body and pours out his lifeblood.
Write again Brother.
BTW - do you know that I'm being accused of being you? That I sent this and other questions to myself as someone else?
I laughed when I read that.