This title needs a little explanation. The other day at work, we got into a conversation about a study showing that different blood types may respond differently to the Coronavirus. In brief: if you have blood type “O”, you are less likely to suffer severe respiratory symptoms, but if you are type “A”, you are something like 35% more likely to suffer severe respiratory symptoms. Once again, I have to cringe, in that I am a type “A”…better watch out!
During this verbal exchange, the surgeon I was working with, stated that Jesus was a type “A”. “Huh”? I had to ask how he knew this. As a very devoted Catholic, he went on to explain that a recent study confirmed that transubstantiation is real, and that a test found DNA within the communion wafer corresponding to this blood type. They belief this is the actual blood of Christ, and therefore, he is an A. I have been thinking about this, so decided to Google this little gem.
I did not find any recent study on transubstantiation (the Catholic belief that the communion wafer and wine actually transform into the body and blood of Christ). The only thing I found is a study from 2014 completely refuting this belief. Entitled, “DNA analysis of consecrated sacramental bread refutes Catholic transubstantiation claim”, and produced by Scientific Raelian, the study found no change in the wafer during the ritual at a DNA level. So, I really don’t know where he is getting his information, but I can say that he believes this 100%.
Let me go on to say that I was raised as a Christian in the Protestant branch. We are the people that took up with Martin Luther back in the 1500’s and started questioning the authority of the Catholic church. There are many types of Protestants: Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, and so on. We ALL take communion, and we all believe the words from the Bible that tell us Jesus proclaimed his body and blood are present in the communion ritual. Catholics just happen to take this literally.
There are Christians who believe in transubstantiation, and also Christians who believe in consubstantiation. This is the belief that somehow the substance we are ingesting is somehow “in union with” Christ. This belief is a heresy in the Catholic church.
The other thing I found is that up to 70% of today’s Catholics do not still hold the belief in transubstantiation. You can find that article here: catholicworldreport.com/2019/08/08/shocked-shocked-on-catholics-and-belief-in-the-real-presence/ This is stated as a problem from lack of religious education and other factors. Let’s face it, DNA and science weren’t exactly fully known at the time the original Christian church was formed..
The question is: do we now have less faith?, or is transubstantiation real only when you believe it, like the double-slit experiment shows that matter observed, will change its behavior? It is hard to know. Testing faith in a scientific way is probably very difficult.
I am not trying to start a war with Catholics. As a matter of fact, I think it is entirely possible that we are actually eating Christ. This is a religion with miracles, and mystery……so anything is possible in Christ, right? The next time you go to communion, have a thought about this. What is your personal belief? I would love to hear it.
Cheers, and have a great weekend, Deb