The Catholic Church believes that God came in the flesh as Jesus to die and raise from the dead to cleanse people of their sin, which is exemplified in John 3:16 which states, ”For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." This belief of eternal life is described as transubstantiation, which is when “at the consecration in the Lord 's Supper (Communion), the elements of the Eucharist, bread and wine, are transformed into the actual body and blood of Jesus and that they are no longer bread and wine but only retain their appearance of bread and wine.”(Slick). Transubstantiation is the process in which people ingest the body of Jesus Christ and become pure of their sins.
The Bible is host to a wide variety of paradoxes. A paradox is a form of contradiction, and is “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or...
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...hat the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat” (Genesis 3:6). This passage from the first book of the bible explains that sin started with Adam and Eve, the first man and women put of the earth. In the bible the fruit awakened a desire inside of Eve that was impossible to resist when she realized how beautiful the fruit was. This same desire was awakened in the pastor, and he did not handle it well. The pastor’s failure to resist the lust that he experiences for Kate even though it negates all that he professes to believe magnetizes the irony in the already ironic story. The need to justify sin is simply human nature, but when examined in the perspective of “The Strength of God,” it is themed as ironic.
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