Monday, July 16, 2012
"'Eucharist' isn't in the Bible!" ... Oh really?
Have you ever had a fundamentalist/anti-Catholic come up to you, a Catholic, and announce, "[Obviously Catholic thing] isn't in the Bible!"? And this really is the heart of Christian fundamentalism; "if it's not in the Bible, then it's not Christian!" but that's a topic for another blog entry. What I actually want to share with you this evening is something that was presented to me over Facebook a couple of days ago.
"You won't find the Eucharist anywhere in the Bible; it's a made up word for a man-made doctrine!"
I've dealt with in the past how scriptural the sacrament of the Eucharist is (you can find those blog entries linked below), but I want to demonstrate to you how I addressed that assertion that was given to me (above). Here's what I said:
Are you aware that the word "Eucharist" is indeed found in scripture? Take the Gospel of Luke, for example, which was written first in Greek (St. Luke was a Greek physician and therefore wrote his account of the Gospel in Greek). St. Luke writes about the Last Supper this way (Luke 22:19):
"και λαβων αρτον ευχαριστησας εκλασεν και εδωκεν αυτοις λεγων τουτο εστιν το σωμα μου το υπερ υμων διδομενον τουτο ποιειτε εις την εμην αναμνησιν" (Source: http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Greek_Index.htm)
Which in English reads: "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'"
The Greek word "ευχαριστησας" is "eukaristos" (or "eucharistēsas") which means "to give thanks", and as you can see very clearly "Eucharist" is not a made-up word and is found in the Bible. This is where the Church that Jesus Christ himself founded, the Catholic Church, derived the name it gave to its most profound and intimate sacrament: the Eucharist.
More on the Eucharist: