Pastor Jonathan Hatcher of Conner Heights Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, TN, has made national headlines and sparked outrage from his Catholic neighbors by distributing an anti-Catholic tract called “The Death Cookie”, which depicts Satan planning the Eucharist to deceive people.
I don’t really know if it should be called “anti-Catholicism” (in a bigotry sense) for criticizing what we actually believe, and if they sincerely believe the Eucharist is of the Devil, they should say so.
However, if they say that, then they call Jesus Christ a liar: “Truth Himself speaks truly, or there’s nothing true,” said St. Thomas Aquinas of the Eucharist, as translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Note that, in the cartoon, the Devil says, “all we need is a God for the people, one they can see and touch and pray to.”
Huh, isn’t that called JESUS?? Isn’t that the point of the Incarnation???
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life– for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us– what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete (1 John 1:1-4, NAB).
Let’s not also forget that the purpose of the Dogma of Theotokos is to emphasize the Incarnation. I have come to the conclusoin, after many arguments over the years, that Evangelicals preach a new heresy. They believe taht Jesus “was” truly God and truly Man” on earth, but that He lost His body after the resurrection, that He is pure spirit in Heaven, no longer incarnate, and therefore, Mary is no longer His Mother.
Of course, they emphasize calling her “Mary, the Mother of Jesus” for that reason.
So something similar is at work here. Not unlike the Pharisees, these people are scandalized at a God that can be seen.
St. Teresa of Avila says to beware of those who discourage the use of images in prayer, since the whole point of the Incarnation is to give us an image of God, and those who refuse images refuse to acknowledge the Incarnation.