But at this point we must part ways theologically. I point to Luther's 'This is my Body' over and over and over again. This is not a 'Roman Catholic' view, but the view of the vast majority of Christians throughout the entire age of the Church. Heck, there is even a 1st century catechism teaching the Lord's Supper. If everyone got the Lord's Supper wrong from the get go, I do not see much hope do you?
This is ignoring the Greek in 1 John, ignoring John 6, Ignoring the Passion narratives, this is ignoring 1st Corinthians, this is ignoring Jude, this is ignoring Revelation where there is an anti-Lord's Supper for those who are unbelievers, and clearly presents the marriage feast of the Lamb. Ignoring all of that, This IS my body becomes This 'sort of is', 'kind of is', 'in a way is', 'feast up in Heaven is', an so on. Give me one scriptural passage where you 'feast up in heaven'? I bet you cannot. God is real, He comes to you on the Sacrament of the Alter, he will come again.
Calvinists believe in limited atonement. I believe in unlimited atonement for 'God so loved the World'. God came to erase the sins of unbelievers as well. This does not mean everyone gets into Heaven, but their debts are already paid. This was a fact that Calvin disagreed with.
These along with other realities is why Lutheranism's 'letterism' makes it so different than the other Protestants. We are a separate branch because we are truly 'Sola Scriptura'.
I also hear that Lutherans read the Bibles too much from other Protestants as well. I guess that 'letterism' is what you mean by that and I take that proudly.
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