Posted Setting Orange, Confusion 61 YOLD 3173
I was raised Catholic, and still go to Mass on occasion, as my family doesn’t yet know I’m not Catholic anymore.
At Mass yesterday, I finally came to the realization that, despite what my family thinks, transubstantiation is no less wacky than the Xenu story.
The Xenu story is an important tale in Scientology‘s beliefs, and basically states that, 75 million years ago, there was a galactic empire, ruled by Xenu, who felt his empire was getting overcrowded. He rounded up millions of undesirables, and shipped them off to Earth, where they were placed around the bases of volcanoes, which were then exploted with atomic bombs. The escaping souls were captured by traps, and retrained, so they wouldn’t come back. So they floated around until humans developed, and they attatched themselves to humans, and cause all of the problems we have.
Transubstantiation is a Catholic (and some other Christian churches) belief wherein the sacramental host and the wine are transformed, literally, into the body and blood of Jesus. Not symbolically, but literally. Somehow, this is not cannibalism.
The Xenu story is no more wacky and bizarre than the doctrine of transubstantiation. Think about that, apply the outsider standard to your own beliefs, and realize why people of other faiths, or no faith, think you might be delusional or crazy.