Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Folly Behind The Roman Catholic Tradition Of Praying To Mary And Saints

        "For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will you set upon a man to shatter him, all of you, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his eminence. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah" (Psalm 62:1-8)

        Yes, this text does not directly address the issue of praying to Mary and the saints. But the idea of appealing to anyone but God was obviously not present in the mind of the Psalmist. If we (as did the person who wrote this Psalm) can place this much trust in God, then there is no purpose or need in petitioning saints and angels. We should entrust ourselves to God alone.

        Furthermore, we who are on earth cannot know (apart from some supernatural revelation or manifestation) with certainty which of these so-called saints truly went to heaven. Only God knows the hearts of man. Thus, it is highly possible that Roman Catholics are petitioning powerless people who are now spending eternity in fiery torment. It is best that we reject mystical ideas and stick with Scripture as our final court of authority.

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