Praying To Mary & The Saints Is Biblical

Praying To Mary & The Saints Is Biblical

1 Timothy 2:5 is a standard Protestant argument against praying to Mary & the Saints. But does it hold water?

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… ~ 1 Timothy 2:5

Okay, Jesus is the only mediator between God and us. Do you believe that? If you said “yes,” then here’s a question for you. Have you ever asked someone to pray for you? If you said “yes,” then you clearly don’t believe that Jesus is the only mediator between you and God. Remember, even in the “Hail Mary” prayer, Mary is merely being asked to pray for us– “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

But isn’t talking to the dead forbidden?

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses [by this time, Moses had been very dead for many centuries], who were talking with Jesus. ~ Mark 9:2-4

Sorcery is forbidden. Witchcraft is forbidden. Fortune-telling is forbidden. Seances are forbidden. These are the dark arts, the demonic arts. Also forbidden is interpreting omens, but this clearly does not mean that we should not interpret the prophesies about Jesus written throughout the Old Testament.

But the dead can’t hear us, can they?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. ~ Hebrews 12:1

Who is in this great cloud of witnesses surrounding us?

Cloud of witnesses surrounding us - Copy 1

Hebrews 11 tells us that this great cloud of witnesses surrounding us includes Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the people who passed through the Red Sea, Joshua and his entire army at Jericho, Rahab the Prostitute, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets, women who received back their dead raised to life again [This refers to events like those in 2 Maccabees, Chapter 7, Martyrdom of a Mother and Her Seven Sons. But don’t bother looking for this in your Protestant Bible because it’s not there. My Catholic and Orthodox readers can open to that Chapter and read about this valiant mother and her sons who gladly accepted death rather than deny the God of Israel. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story.], those who were tortured and refused to be released so that they might gain a better resurrection [This refers to events like those in 2 Maccabees, Chapter 6, verses 18-31, Martyrdom of Eleazar. But don’t bother looking for this in your Protestant Bible because it’s not there. My Catholic and Orthodox readers can open to that Chapter and read about this valiant man who gladly accepted death rather than dishonoring the God of Israel. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story.], those that faced jeers and flogging, those chained and put in prison, those who were stoned, or sawed in two, or put to death by the sword, those who went around in sheepskins and goatskins, those who were destitute, persecuted, and mistreated, those who wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes, those condemned for their faith. “…the world was not worthy of them.” ~ Hebrews 11:38. These are the witnesses who surround us and see what we do. Now, if they are witnessing what we do, can they not hear us?

But why bother asking them to pray for us?

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. ~ James 5:16

Would you not agree that those in heaven with Christ are more righteous than you and me down here on earth?

The Bible is always proven true.

4 replies »

  1. Bible is always proven true but you are not.
    Jesus is the way the truth and the life no one goes to the Father but through Jesus only.
    He is the only Intercessor HHe Died And Resurrected for our sins He Paid the Ultimate Price. No oneelse died for our sins.
    No scripture is there in the Bible were men can pray to (only JesusChrist) be saved.
    In Fact
    The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. Is it I whom they provoke? declares the Lord . Is it not themselves, to their own shame?
    Jeremiah 7:18-19 ESV
    http://bible.com/59/jer.7.18-19.ESV

    • James, thank you for your incorrect comment, which is as follows [WITH CAPITALIZED COMMENTS IN BRACKETS ADDED BY ME].

      Bible is always proven true but you are not.

      Jesus is the way the truth and the life no one goes to the Father but through Jesus only. [AGREED. I NEVER SAID OTHERWISE.]

      He is the only Intercessor [I NEVER SAID OTHERWISE. BUT YOUR STATEMENT IS INCORRECT. THE BOOK OF ROMANS CLEARLY STATES THE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN INTERCESSOR, NOT JUST JESUS.

      THE SPIRIT HIMSELF INTERCEDES FOR US… THE SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR THE SAINTS… ~ ROMANS 8:26-27

      AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE, YOUR STATEMENT THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY INTERCESSOR IS INCORRECT.]

      HHe Died And Resurrected for our sins He Paid the Ultimate Price [I NEVER SAID HE DIDN’T]. No oneelse died for our sins [I NEVER SAID THEY DID].
      No scripture is there in the Bible were men can pray to (only JesusChrist) be saved [YOU COMPLETELY IGNORED EVERY ONE OF THE SCRIPTURES I LISTED THAT DEMONSTRATE NO BIBLICAL PROHIBITION AGAINST PRAYING TO MARY AND THE SAINTS. THIS IS (IN MY OPINION) BECAUSE YOU HAD NO IDEA THESE SCRIPTURES EXISTED, AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO BIBLICAL OR LOGICAL RESPONSE TO THEM).
      In Fact
      The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough [I NEVER SAID TO “KNEAD DOUGH” TO MARY AND THE SAINTS], to make cakes [I NEVER SAID TO MAKE CAKES FOR ANYONE] for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings [I NEVER SAID TO POUR OUT DRINK OFFERINGS] to other gods [MARY AND THE SAINTS ARE NOT GODS, AND I NEVER SAID THEY WERE.], to provoke me to anger. Is it I whom they provoke? declares the Lord . Is it not themselves, to their own shame?
      Jeremiah 7:18-19 ESV
      http://bible.com/59/jer.7.18-19.ESV

      [YOU ARGUED AGAINST POINTS I DID NOT MAKE, AND DID NOT ARGUE AGAINST POINTS I DID MAKE. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!]

  2. This topic is kind of hard for christian to understand as I did.

    If I may give a simple thought is like this. We are as christians as children of God, we are eventually His shadow. Nothing more.
    The highest calling of us is to be like Jesus as the First Born of God isn’t it?

    Jesus is the Light. We are called to be the light. He is the Son of God, we are children of God. He is the Teacher, we are called to teach all nations, Jesus is the Sepherd, we are called to feed His lambs and still so many more. Jesus is the only Mediator, we are called to mediate / intercede for other sake, stand in the gap before Him. Ezekiel 22:30.

    So if you can comprehend this then you can comprehend why we can ask the saints to pray for us. The saints are the same like us the children of God, they are the shadow of Jesus Christ yet they are not Jesus. Yet they have shown their higher standard of faith and recognized to the end of their life but we haven’t yet.

    Hopefully this simple thought can help. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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