Zwingli Nails the Coffin Lid on the Notion of the ‘Real Presence’

I opposed our adversaries in their assertion that the natural, substantial body of Christ is eaten in real presence, because piety denies that also. When Peter perceived that there was divine power in Christ in the marvelous catch of fishes, he said, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was amazed” [Luke 5:8]. Now, do we long to eat Him physically, like cannibals? As if anyone’s love for his children were such that he wished to devour and eat them! Or, as if among all men those were not adjudged the most savage who feed upon human flesh! The centurion said, “I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof” [Matth. 8:8]. But Christ Himself bore witness of him that He had not found such faith in all Israel. Therefore, the greater and holier faith is, the more is it content with spiritual participation, and the more thoroughly that satisfies it, the more does a religious heart shrink from bodily manducation. Ministering women were wont to show their adoration by bathing and anointing Christ’s body, not by eating it. The noble counsellor Joseph and the pious, secret disciple, Nicodemus, wrapped it in linen and spices and laid it in a sepulchre, but did not eat it physically.  — Huldrych Zwingli

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  1. “Ministering women were wont to show their adoration by bathing and anointing Christ’s body, not by eating it. The noble counsellor Joseph and the pious, secret disciple, Nicodemus, wrapped it in linen and spices and laid it in a sepulchre, but did not eat it physically. — Huldrych Zwingli”

    Fascinating! In the past I defended my position against the “real presence” (especially if one calls it consubstantiation) using some mildly similar argument but merely as a spoof when I told Lutherans and Catholics that if the disciples had understood that the body of Christ were to be eaten literally (and there is no other option if one wants to be true to the trans and the consubstantiation notion), over and over again,in the Communion then they would have consumed Christ’s body when they had the chance… when it was available the first time and let the future generations deal in finding a way to eat Him repeatedly…
    Zwingli got it right! Sorry Lutherans!

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