I was thinking about the concept of praying to the saints because they are in heaven and closer to God and Jesus, and who’s prayers have more effect or weight then our prayers while here on earth.
…and I started thinking…how do we even know everyone declared as a Saint by the RCC actually is in heaven?
This thought was brought about after reading Matthew chapter 7.
21"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
23"And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
IF I understand correctly, Saints are given the title of Saints based in part to their faith in Christ and how they lived their life (including preforming miracles).
Here in Matthew 7, Jesus tells us that many will say Lord, Lord, and who have done amazing things for God while here on earth will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
So how do we know for sure all the Saints that are being prayed to are actually in heaven interceding for us here on earth?
Thanks for your thoughts!