Since interpretation is the key ingredient in understanding Holy Scriptures, then why doesn't Ron Rhodes look to those who learned from the apostles - like Clement of Rome or Ignatius of Antioch - those who lived with the Apostles. Those two, who lived and learned from the Apostles wrote that the bread and wine were indeed Jesus Body and Blood - in a spiritual sense - NOT a symbolic sense. God is Spirit (John 2) and Jesus IS God, and after his death and Resurrection, He had a glorified body. The Eucharist is "God food", Spiritual but very REAL. More Real than our human life, as our souls are what will live forever. When Jesus saw them leaving Him over this doctrine, He did not say, "Hey, wait a minute - I was only talking symbolically! Come on back!" (John 6:66). No, he asked Peter, "are you going to leave too?" and Peter said, "No, You have the words to eternal life".Read about the Passover meal in Exodus to get a better understanding on the Eucharist.
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Ron Rhode's Reasoning from the Scriptures series has become a standard staple in my library. Ron does an outstanding job of picking out the most pertinent subjects, articulating and explaining the Catholic position, and then charitably responding from the Bible. The author has gone to great pains in researching a vast subject so that we will not have to.This book is not an exhaustive resource, but if you want to purchase one well-written book that will better prepare you to witness to your Catholic friends, you will not go wrong with this one.