Martin asked:

Why is it only half of the Christians in the world believe the eucharist is really the body of Christ? Why would God allow this fundamental thing to be misunderstood?

Jimmy Akin replied:

"... Is it true that half of the Chrstians in the world don’t believe in the real presence? Well not according to their religious affiliation because half of the Christians in the world are Catholics. The Catholic church teaches that the real presence is true ... Then there are the Eastern Orthodox Christians and other eastern Christians and they represent about twenty percent ... of the world Christian population and they also believe in the real presence. So now we’re up to seventy percent ... Then you look at the Protestant community. Lutherans believe in the real presence. Many Methodists believe in the real presence. Many Episcopalians believe in the real presence ... In terms of ... what percentage of Christians ... believe in the real presence it’s going to be upwards of 80 percent maybe even 90 percent...

God allows free will and we even see in scripture a division on this point. If you look in John chapter 6 and the bread of life discourse, Jesus repeatedly stresses the reality of his presence in the eucharist and the fact that we need to eat his flesh and drink his blood. When he’s challenged on this he doesn’t say oh guys it’s just a symbol, instead he ratchets it up and is willing to allow many of his own disciples to depart ... So he allowed a division on this point even then, even in his own ministry."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum for Non-Catholics" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: August 5, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 14:23

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