Why does Catholic Church praying to Saints and to Mary and at some point performing Idolatry?

Question by Keilah: Why does Catholic Church praying to Saints and to Mary and at some point performing Idolatry?
Catholic Church are praying to Saints,Mary and performing Idolatry by praying to Statues.. Jesus is the only Saviour.. They are showing that isn’t enough that Jesus died on the cross for us to be saved..

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Answer by SoReckless
We don’t pray to saints we venerate them by addressing them and asking them to pass on our requests to God.

This is TRADITION we don’t believe the bible is the only source of truth, our Popes are too. Ask Galilleo.

@ Killer: It’s not just renaming and still doing it; listen think of it like atheists celebrating Christmas, this BEGAN as a pagan RELIGIOUS festival but when they do it now, its nothng to do with religion, its a secular family holiday. The gestures are the same, Christmas trees, exchanging presents ect but it means something completely different because the atheists makes it mean something different in their head.

It’s the same thing with worship and veneration, as soon as you decide in your head its not the same thing, you can DO the same thing but it no longer has its orginal meaning.

Hope that helps,
RECKLESS

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  1. Because the roots of the Roman Catholic church is Roman paganisn, where they worshipped many gods.

    SoReckess: Catholics WORSHIP saints. They may call it something else and use other terms, but it’s still worshipping by any logical definition of the term.

  2. No, of course not. First of all it is disingenuous to state that the practice of praying for each other has no biblical foundation, we are instructed in Scripture to have a prayer life for others as it is part of God’s commandment to love one another.

    (2Co 5:8 DRB) But we are confident and have a good will to be absent rather from the body and to be present with the Lord.

    The Catholic Church does not teach that it is absolutely necessary for one to ask for the intercession of saints for salvation. The Church does teach that prayer to God is necessary for salvation for all believers. For a Catholic it would be wrong to ignore the liturgical worship offered to God at feast days for the saints and the prayers asking for their intercession.

    The Communion of Saints is a dogma of the ancient Church and is recorded in the apostles Creed. It simply states that the faithful because of their relationship with Christ are alive even after the death of their flesh and worship with us. To us the Church is made up of the Church militant who represents all those believers living out their hope in the flesh.

    (Phi 2:12 DRB) Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.

    (Phi 2:13 DRB) For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will.

    It consists of the Church Suffering who are those who are temporarily in need of further purgation from sin so that they may enjoy the presence of God.

    (2Ma 12:46 DRB) It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.

    Lastly, the Communion of the Saints consists of those who have won the race:

    (Phi 3:14 DRB) I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus.

    Their immortal souls are in heaven in God’s presence:

    (Rev 5:8 DRB) And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

    The universal stream connecting all of God’s creation is His love, which we take on in our baptism into our journey towards sanctification. This is not an emotional but a desire placed in us by the Spirit of God that endures as a desire for those other than ourselves and this love extends even to our enemies. This is truly a love that comes only from God and is a foreign concept and nonsense to those who have not received God’s salvific grace. This desire within our souls does not end with the death of our flesh but continues into eternity where the saints through their intercession in prayer encourage us in our race and assist us to endure unto our union with God.

    I think that some people of faith, who do not understand the Communion of Saints, somehow believe that asking saints to pray for us is detracting from our love or our trust in God. In truth it is impossible, if we truly love as God commands and has given us the grace to understand, not to pray to those whom we love and in turn we expect them to return that same love to us by praying for us and presenting our prayers to God.

    In Christ
    Fr. Joseph

  3. Research the Orthodox Theotokos and you will understand why St Mary is the super saint in Heaven.
    Think of this: St Mary paved the Way for our salvation by given birth to Jesus. So, why so important.
    Think of Jesus dying and shedding His blood on the cross for our salvation. Think of whose body n blood where Jesus came from – from His Mother Mary who paved ther Way for our salvation. No Mary, no Jesus.
    Thus learn from our ancient fathers when they gave the title, Mother of God to St Mary. It is not to dietified her, but to confirm that Jesus is true God and yet true Man, yet One; and to call St Mary, mother of God, is really affirming that her Son is God.
    Thus the power of praying to St Mary is really directed to the Son of God.

  4. They don’t realize how truly deceived they are, even though for the most part they are good people and very sincere.

  5. The Bible is absolutely clear that we are to worship God alone. The only instances of anyone other than God receiving worship in the Bible are false gods, which are Satan and his demons. All followers of the Lord God refuse worship. Peter and the apostles refused to be worshipped (Acts 10:25-26; 14:13-14). The holy angels refuse to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:9). The response is always the same, “Worship God!”

    Roman Catholics attempt to “bypass” these clear Scriptural principles by claiming they do not “worship” Mary or saints, but rather that they only “venerate” Mary and the saints. Using a different word does not change the essence of what is being done. A definition of “venerate” is “to regard with respect or reverence.” Nowhere in the Bible are we told to revere anyone but God alone. There is nothing wrong with respecting those faithful Christians who have gone before us (see Hebrews chapter 11). There is nothing wrong with honoring Mary as the earthly mother of Jesus. The Bible describes Mary as “highly favored” by God (Luke 1:28). At the same time, there is no instruction in the Bible to revere those whom have gone to Heaven. We are to follow their example, yes, but worship, revere, or venerate, no!

    When forced to admit that they do, in fact, worship Mary, Catholics will claim that they worship God through her, by praising the wonderful creation that God has made. Mary, in their minds, is the most beautiful and wonderful creation of God, and by praising her, they are praising her Creator. For Catholics, this is analogous to directing praise to an artist by praising his sculpture or painting. The problem with this is that God explicitly commands against worshipping Him through created things. We are not to bow down and worship anything in the form of heaven above or earth below (Exodus 20:4-5). Romans 1:25 could not be more clear, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.” Yes, God has created wonderful and amazing things. Yes, Mary was a godly woman who is worthy of our respect. No, we absolutely are not to worship God “vicariously” by praising things (or people) He has created. Doing so is blatant idolatry.

    The major way Catholics “venerate” Mary and the saints is by praying to them. As the following article demonstrates, prayer to anyone other than God alone is anti-Biblical – praying to saints and Mary. Whether Mary and/or the saints are prayed to, or whether they are petitioned for their prayers – neither practice is Biblical. Prayer is an act of worship. When we pray to God, we are admitting that we need His help. Directing our prayers to anyone other than God is robbing God of the glory that is His alone.

    Another way Catholics “venerate” Mary and the saints is by creating statues and images of them. Many Catholics use images of Mary and/or the saints as “good luck charms.” Any cursory reading of the Bible will reveal this practice as blatant idolatry (Exodus 20:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 1 John 5:21). Rubbing rosary beads is idolatry. Lighting candles before a statue or portrayal of a saint is idolatry. Burying a Joseph statue in hopes of selling your home (and countless other Catholic practices) is idolatry.

    The terminology is not the issue. Whether the practice is described as “worship” or “veneration,” or any other term, the problem is the same. Any time we ascribe something that belongs to God, to someone else, it is idolatry. The Bible nowhere instructs us to revere, pray to, rely on, or “idolize” anyone other than God. We are to worship God alone. Glory, praise, and honor belong to God alone. Only God is worthy to “…receive glory and honor and power…” (Revelation 4:11). God alone is worthy to receive our worship, adoration, and praise (Nehemiah 9:6; Revelation 15:4).

    gatita

    Apostolic Believer in One God, Jesus

    My faith in the One who died for me

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