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?

The Saints — How Can They Hear a Multitude of People Praying to Them at One Time?

In my last two posts I’ve covered the Catholic understanding of what it means to pray to the saints and the Biblical evidence the saints are indeed aware of what is happening on earth in at least some sense.  Even if these things are true, one of the more common objections to the Catholic understanding … Continue reading The Saints — How Can They Hear a Multitude of People Praying to Them at One Time?

The Saints – Do They “Know Nothing” About What is Happening on Earth?

One of the more common Scripture passages used to prove the Catholic understanding of praying to the saints is in error is from Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 -- “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost.  Their love and … Continue reading The Saints – Do They “Know Nothing” About What is Happening on Earth?