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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, QHZN55B@prodigy.com (Steve Anderson) wrote: > email@example.com (Bryan J. Maloney) wrote: > > > >No, it doesn't. It is not cannibalism for the branch of a vine to have > >the sap from the taproot. Christians have been grafted onto the vine, > >therefore for a Christian to take the Body and Blood of Christ into > >himself or herself is no more cannibalism than my fingers commit > >cannibalism by being nourished as part of my body. > > It sounds more like you're eating your father's (Christ's) fingers > than feeding your own. In any event, it's a ritualized eating of another > man's flesh, and the drinking of another man's blood. It is symbolic > cannibalism and symbolic vampirism. My, oh, my, just can't figure out things when laid out. A Christian is grafted onto the vine. A Christian is *part of* the Body of Christ upon the Earth. Thus, Christ is NOT "another man" for a Christian, only for an outsider. Furthermore, only a rank heretic or the ignorant would refer to Christ as our "father". Tell me, do my own fingers commit vampirism and cannibalism upon me?