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Historically, Christians have clung to the outward (physical) meaning of symbols in the Bible, as Bill Sears explains in his book 'The Wine of Astonishment': ".. entire groups of people have clung to the outward symbol, forgetting the inward truth; thus being led into grave errors that have lasted (centuries)." One of these is the symbolism of the bread and the wine."Christian sects and church groups have not only disagreed as to the inner meaning of this symbol, they have no common name for the sacrament itself. H. H. Rowley, in the Unity of the Bible , writes: "There is no agreement even as to the name by which it is known. To some, it is the Lord's Supper, to others Holy Communion, to others the Eucharist and to others the Mass."
In this Age of Reason it is better that we know the correct meanings of religious writings. This will not only strengthen our faith, it will guard us from acting through blind imitation.
"I Am the Living Bread"
Jesus said: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread which I shall give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. " (joh 6:51) see
He adds, "Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. " (joh 6:54) see
note 1: The Returned Christ (Bahá'u'lláh) has unsealed the meaning of such symbols as "bread", wine and "flesh". [please read note '60']#60
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