The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 4, Eternal Substances

The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 4, Eternal Substances

The fourth point formulated against Giordano Bruno reads thusly:

 4) The argument according to which “there is no transformation in the substance,” since the substance is eternal and generates nothing, but transforms.
For these eight points we are discussing, Bruno’s executioners drove a nail through his tongue (a common practice for heretics being put to death), and fed Bruno  to a roaring conflagration.
Giordano Bruno denied the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, the belief that, during the Eucharist, the substance of the wafer and wine are literally transformed into the substance of the body and blood of Christ. 

Since Bruno believed that all substances are eternal and are accompanied by spirit and intelligence, in essence, divinity, he saw no need for a transformation to divinity of the Eucharistic substances. In his mind, they were already divine.

I have talked much on this blog about the connection between Nature and Soul. I think Bruno was viewing transubstantiation from this viewpoint. He, and I, cannot agree with the position that matter (all substances of Nature) is somehow evil and full of sin and wickedness. If matter possesses divinity, then there is no need for a transformation of substances. The end result of this line of thinking is this: there is no need for an incarnation of God in human flesh. God has always been in human flesh and in all matter. Thus, we have arrived at a major point in the heresy of Bruno. 

I am not of the opinion that Jesus wanted to be a God over us. He was always trying to show what we humans are capable of, if we would only believe and act.

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him (John 10:32-38).

Just prior to this statement, Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” For this claim, his Jewish brethren came down hard on him. I see this as a key passage of scripture in the Gospels. I believe the primary mission of Jesus Christ was to show the world the Truth concerning humanity and Nature. We are destined for divinity! This is the manner of speech that resulted in the death of Jesus, just as it resulted in many deaths of those accused by the Church. Blind eyes will never see the truth of this message. They will always react this way.

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