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?
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.