IT'S GETTING WEIRD UP IN HERE
IT'S GETTING WEIRD UP IN HERE Jesus at the last supper, introduced an unheard of symbolism in worship, the eating of bread as his body and drinking wine as his blood. Matt 26: 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it. 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. This was a new experience to the twelve apostles being they were Jews and this symbolic scenario was unknown in the laws and prophets. The idea that this is the actual flesh and blood of Jesus is not taken literally. But there was a case where it was taken as a permittable act of cannibalism. What happened with the Uruguayan rugby team is that, after they came out from the mountains and it was discovered that they had cannibalized the dead in order to survive, the public did not take that very well. They were not regarded as heroes but were looked down upon. Later one of the survivors made a statement saying that the reason they thought it was okay to eat their friends was because, during Communion, you were consuming the flesh of Christ. They figured, if they could do that, they could eat the flesh of their friends. In the Jewish laws, commandments, customs, beliefs, and ordinances there were no symbolic worship by eating the body or drinking the blood of a human or animal, alive, dead or symbolically. Clean animals presented to the temple were eaten as a dietary privilege under the laws of Moses since the Levitical priest did not receive an inheritance from the land but the blood of any sacrificial lamb was left on the altar. Jesus introduced a pagan practice to the apostles to remember him by. It would have been more receptive if he had given them neck crosses carved out of wood being he had a premonition of his death.
As far as consuming human flesh it was only permitted in situations of famine, which was the general condition in ghettos and concentration camps in Europe. The rabbis' instruction was that it is permitted only if it saves lives, but the general notion was that one should not resort to it as one would lose human character. Although consuming flesh was not the intent of Jesus to the apostles it was a strange ritual introduced to their worship. There were a dozen things that could have been done to remember Jesus after death but symbolic cannableism should not have been one of them. It is more satanic then Christian to introduce the body and blood as a symbolic or real object of worship.