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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Good will

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Unknown said...

Since you appear to make a big deal about Transubstantiation, I challenge you to an on-line debate right here on your website. I say your doctrine is completely unbiblical, void of common sense and reason, and pure nonsense.


Jeff Tan said...

What exactly irks you? Is it (a) the word "Transubstantiation", (b) the idea that God can change the supernatural substance of bread and wine into his body and blood, (c) the idea that God *does* do so, (d) the idea that he would do so at the words of institution spoken by mere men, (e) the idea that God can come to us using any physical form except in his own glorified body, or (f) that Jesus would become present in the world as anything other than members of his body, the Church? Or is it something else?

I wish I did have time to engage in such online debates as you suggest, but I don't do this for a living, and my time is devoted primarily to raising a family, my day job, the upkeep of my house and that of my own soul, I haven't been able to put so much into this blog in the last few years. I don't know that I would have much time to debate you, but would be happy to correspond when time allows. I would suggest, though, that the unbelieving world, the post-Christian world, and those who have never heard the gospel, needs our evangelization. Arguing over terminology is not such good use of our time, particularly in this day and age. We can agree that Jesus Christ is Lord, that he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, sent to save us, that he is the way, the truth and the life. If we are arguing over sacramental grace making use of natural agents such as water, bread and wine, then imagine how we will talk to non-Christians about the Son of God who is the Son of Man, both fully God and fully Man, crucified, died and buried, then rising again on the third day. They will likewise cite common sense and reason, even if incorrectly so.