Sacred Images – The Veneration of Images Honors the Reality They Represent

In my last post I reviewed the charge made by some that Catholics “leave out” the commandment that forbids creating images, and why that claim is false.  In this post, I will review why we do make sacred images and venerate them, and how we understand that does not violate God’s command to not make … Continue reading Sacred Images – The Veneration of Images Honors the Reality They Represent

Sacred Images – Do Catholics “Leave out” a Commandment?

A common charge against the Catholic Church is we “leave out” one of the commandments – specifically the one to not make idols.  An example of this thinking: The Catholic Church long ago began making allowances for the idolatrous use of images by the way they reference the Ten Commandments.  In the Catholic catechism and … Continue reading Sacred Images – Do Catholics “Leave out” a Commandment?

The Saints – Does God Hear Prayers Based On Who is Praying?

Another very common objection we can find to the Catholic understanding of prayer to the saints is this: God does not answer prayers based on who is praying.  God answers prayers based on whether they are asked according to His will (1 John 5:14-15)…..  No one in heaven has any greater access to God's throne … Continue reading The Saints – Does God Hear Prayers Based On Who is Praying?

The Saints and Their Relics

The catechism tells us “Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful.  The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, … Continue reading The Saints and Their Relics

The Saints — Is it Unbliblcal to Acknowledge Only Certain People as Saints?

As Catholics we are certainly known for loving our saints!  We have patron saints for a wide array of needs, we know their stories and allow them to inspire and form us, and we rely on their intercessory prayer to help us on our journey to heaven.  We consider them as friends who are always … Continue reading The Saints — Is it Unbliblcal to Acknowledge Only Certain People as Saints?

The Saints – Does the Bible Forbid Contacting the Dead?

A very common objection to the Catholic practice of praying to the saints is the Bible forbids necromancy, which is defined as “the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.”  An example of that view: Whenever the Bible mentions praying to or speaking with the dead, it is … Continue reading The Saints – Does the Bible Forbid Contacting the Dead?