It is nothing less than heartbreaking to see people replace the Bread of Life with a wafer that is incapable of saving once for all with a claimed incarnate Christ. Let us compare the two.
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
The Roman Catholic priest offers the Mass sacrifice for himself and the congregation continually. The scriptures teach Jesus offered Himself once ONLY. Nowhere do the scriptures teach that he offered himself once upon the cross and then billions of times spiritually.
Not a word in scripture about a Mass to be performed by a priest.
Not a word in scripture about a Mass meriting a measure of forgiveness to the partakers.
Not a word in scripture about a Mass being said for a dead person.
Not a word in scripture about a Mass having anything to do with an offering or propitiation.
The purpose of the Lord's Supper as many call it is clear...
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
1) It is to proclaim the Lord's death till he returns.
2) It is to be done in remembrance of him.
3) It is to be done often.
4) During this time (or before) a Christian is to examine themselves and judge sin in their own lives lest they be judged of God. 1st. Corinthians 11:28.
Let us not add or take away from Christ's words.
Yet, one will say, "Did not Jesus say that his flesh was meat and his blood was drink?". Certainly, but since we are not to take a verse privately for doctrine outside of other related verses, we can see simply what Jesus DID mean.
John 6:27 "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."
Here we see that "work" is used figuratively however, the Jews misunderstood him as literal. How do we know this? Look at verse 29.
John 6:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent"
This agrees with Ephesians 2:8,9 "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast." This is exactly what the Lord is talking about. The Jews were
certain they had to work for their salvation. They rejected what Christ was teaching and he thus spoke more in spiritual terms and they refused to accept it. They could only think in terms of literal flesh and blood so Jesus told his disciples that the flash profits nothing but it is the Spirit that gives life.
John 6:51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
How do you eat the bread? The same way you work (John 6:29) for it which is through faith in his atonement.
How do we know the the Lord was speaking figuratively? Obvious, as he had not gone to the cross yet.
In John 6 Jesus told people they needed to drink his blood and eat his flesh for eternal life. In John 4, he told the Samaritan woman that she would need to drink his water to have everlasting life. The meaning is clear.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Here we have two very different pictures.
1) Everlasting life though faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
2) A Mass where the grace of jesus is imparted out a morsel at a time and hopefully you will make it.
Please consider as it is YOUR soul which is most valuable.