Why are the Church and Jesus Christ called sacraments?
Sacraments does not refer to the Church and Jesus; it refers to things like baptism and the Lord's Supper. Answer 10/April/09 If one understands a sacrament as being something which manifests the presence of God in a real way, then we can see how some theologians do, indeed, refer to both Christ and the Church as sacrament. The theologian, Edward Schillebeck, wrote a book entitled "Christ, the Sacrament of Encounter with God" in which the premise is that Christ, being God enfleshed, is the ultimate presence of the Divine among us. In this sense, Christ is truly THE Sacrament. In that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, it too manifests Him to the world, and may be referred to as a sacrament. Referring to Christ and the Church as sacraments does not, of course, diminish the importance, and place, of the seven sacraments formally accepted by the Church in the 16th century. It is simply a broader - and, in to my thinking - a more powerful and dynamic concept of sacrament.