Showing posts with label apologetics-John 6 vs John 3. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apologetics-John 6 vs John 3. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Is it Necessary to Receive the Eucharist to be Saved? :JOHN 3:5 VS. JOHN 6:54

     Some writers have tried to refute a literal interpretation of John 3:5 by appealing to the words of Our Lord in John 6:54: “Amen, amen I say to you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.”  They argue that the language in this verse is the same as in John 3:5, and yet the Church doesn’t take Jn. 6:54 literally – for infants don’t need to receive the Eucharist to be saved.  But the argument falters because the proponents of this argument have missed a crucial difference in the wording of these two verses. 
    
John 6:54- “Amen, amen I say to you: EXCEPT YOU eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.” 

John 3:5- “Amen, amen I say to thee, UNLESS A MAN be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”