Please do not assume that 'christian' and 'evangelical protestant' are the same thing.alynnidalar wrote:Christianity, I suspect?
But that's not at all what Christians (or at least most Christian groups I am aware of) believe is happening when we take communion/break bread/participate in the Lord's Supper/whatever term you prefer. We are only remembering the one single sacrifice of Christ; it's kind of a major part of Christian theology that that was the final, complete sacrifice and no other sacrifices are or will ever be necessary. "But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God", etc. etc.
Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox all believe that the bread and wine truly and really become the body and blood of Jesus. Anglicanism used to reject this, but has been gradually drifting toward this position, particularly in the High Church - the general position is now one of 'substantial agreement' with catholic teaching, but not necessarily agreeing with the specific term 'transubstantiation'. Lutherans also believe that they are eating the body and blood of Jesus, they just believe that it is also bread and wine at the same time (consubstantiation, rather than transubstantiation, although technically they have another term for it; this is also probably the anglican position). Methodists also believe (usually) in the 'real presence' of Jesus in the bread and wine, although I don't know if they necessarily think the bread and wine ARE jesus (they don't believe they're JUST jesus, certainly). Calvinists and Reformed likewise believe in eating the body of Jesus: "when we have received the symbol of the body, let us rest assured that the body itself is also given to us," said Calvin, although his 'spiritual feeding' makes clear that although the physical body is eaten, it is not eaten physically, and is only eaten by true believers.
A minority of newer protestant sects may diverge from these teachings, but can hardly be taken as representative of christianity as a whole.