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    The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
    Proved by the Bible
    by Joseph S.C. Bonadiman, Ph.D., P.E.

           It would seem that an intellectually honest Bible Christian if shown that the Bible proved that
    Christ established a Sacrament, the Eucharist, whereby he was actually present in the Holy Host and
    the Sacred Cup, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, that they would have no other option than to follow
    Christ and join His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

           The way this is done is straightforward and easy for anyone to understand. You show that when
    Christ said something “is” it actually “is”. Christ is God, and cannot err; therefore, if Christ would say
    that President Bush was Chinese, President Bush complexion and eyes would change, because God
    cannot err. One moment President Bush would be Caucasian, but after Christ said, “President Bush,
    you are Chinese,” the president would be Asian.
           The Bible guarantees us that this is true, for example. A leper asked Christ to cure him and
    “Jesus, stretching forth his hand touched him saying ‘I will, be thou made clean.’ And forthwith his
    leprosy was cleaned.” (Matthew 8:2ff). Whenever Jesus said something is, it becomes that way. When
    Jesus says that a person is alive, they become alive. When He commands the sea to be quiet, it
    becomes quiet. When the blind asked to be cured, they are no longer blind. Therefore, whenever
    Jesus says something, it actually becomes what he says. Anyone familiar with the Bible will recognize
    that these types of happenings as shown in Matthew, are found repeatedly throughout the Bible.
           Therefore, when He says that “This is my Body” (Matthew 26:26) and “This is my Blood” (Matthew
    26:28), He means exactly that, that the bread actually became his body and the wine actually became
    his blood. Christ said, “This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for a commeration of me (Luke
    22:19).” This is when He gave the authority to His Apostles, to do as he did, that is, consecrate the
    bread into His Body and the wine into His Blood.
           Previously Jesus had said that he was “… the living bread which came down from heaven. If any
    man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the
    world… except you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you should not have life in you.
    He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood shall have everlasting life… For my flesh is meat indeed
    and my blood is drink indeed… He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abide in me and I in him
    (John 6:48ff).” Jesus leaves no room for doubt about what he means because as we see further down
    in John’s gospel, his disciples all left him because they were scandalized because the Davidic Code
    did not allow the drinking of blood. This further shows that they knew exactly what he was saying and
    that he was speaking of his actual body and his actual blood. Christ, when he saw his disciples’ leave
    did not say to them something to the effect of “you misunderstood me. I did not really mean my actual
    body and my actual blood, please come back.” [Remember, when Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus
    about Baptism (John 3:3-6). Jesus corrected him, then why didn’t he correct the disciples?]  No, what
    he did was turned to his apostles and said, “Will you also go away?” This was a further way of saying
    that he meant exactly what he said.

           Some people would try to falsify Christ’s words and true meaning by quoting from John 6:64 that
    says, “It is the spirit that quickens: the flesh profits nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are
    spirit and life,” and in so quoting this verse will indicate that he was only figuratively talking about his
    body and blood, however, in this verse Christ is referring to the faithful man being one who is in the
    spirit (with God) while the material man is the one that is in the flesh (with sin). This verse 64 does not
    refer to Christ’s flesh, this can be further seen as the proper explanation when one reads Romans 8:3-
    13 inclusive, Galatians 5:16-24, and 1Peter 4:6. And further how reasonable is it to assume the one
    verse, John 6:64, can negate the preceding 12 versus of John 6:48-59?

           The Eucharist distinguishes Catholics from all other Christian denominations. When the priest
    acts by Christ’s authority and consecrates the bread and wine they truly become the Body, Blood, Soul,
    and Divinity of our Lord. “Christ died once (Hebrews 7:27).” Christ does not die at the Eucharist he
    gives us “eternal life (John 6:54).” Only God could have devised the Eucharist, which enables us to be
    with him at the last supper - the un-bloody sacrifice - that will last until the end of time. The fact that the
    early Christians knew that they were actually receiving Jesus’ real body and blood is shown by first
    century roman historian Tacitus’ charges of cannibalism by the early Christians. Further, for 1500
    years after Christ, all true Christians believed in the Eucharist. Not until the 1500’s did some
    Christians start to deny that fact.

           Therefore, if your denomination does not have the true Eucharist of Christ, then it is not Christ’s
    Church but some man made invention. Today these number over 30 thousand groups that claim to be
    followers of Christ.

           Even if you have questions concerning the items written in this paper, it should have presented
    enough information that would require an intellectually honest person to do more research to find out
    for themselves if they should follow Christ in his “One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.”

    Joseph S. C. Bonadiman, Ph.D., P.E.

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