The ‘Fruit-of-the-Vine’ Objection

Catholics defend their belief in the Eucharist by appealing to Christ’s words at the Last Supper. We argue that because Jesus said, “This is my body,” and not, “This represents my body,” he literally meant that bread becomes his body (and wine his blood). A Protestant, however, might respond: “Ah, but Jesus couldn’t have meant for the substance in the …