Why do you pray through saints when the Bible says there is ONE mediator? Also, where in the Bible does it tell us to pray through saints?
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” KJV**
**As you phrased it, its a very good question.
To Informed, practicing Catholics, Mary and the saints are not “mediators” they are "intercessors “[kinda like “beggers” for us before God whom they see face to face.” We pray THROUGH them, not literally “so much to them” although we do that also.**
Where in the Bible does it say that Mary was the mother of God? I know that she is the mother of Jesus Christ, God manifest, but God is eternal and was before Mary.**
Lk. 1:26 "In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, **“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” ** But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” 35 And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born * will be called holy, the Son of God.”
Jesus is God!
Mary is the Mother of Jesus
Therefore Mary the Mother of Jesus is defacto: The Mother of God!
Also, I understand that the Catholic Church teaches that Mary was a Virgin, even after Jesus Christ was born.
**You are correct. So why is this?
Consider what Yahweh God specified and demanded from Moses for The Ark of the Covenant which only held “the spirit of God” NOT the very Son of God. Gen 25: 10-30…“PURE GOLD” is demanded.** If God demanded and specified this for “His Spirit” what would God do and mandate for His very Son?
**Everything that happened to Mary was a consequence of her YES to God to be the Mother of God. In this capacity, and THROUGH the very merits of her son Jesus, Mary was Perfected, Body and soul, becasue God is perfect, so then to Mary also **had to be **MADE perfect inorder to being the “perfect Son of God into the World.”**This was a singular honor befitting the Mother of God! A series of special Gifts from God THROUGH Mary in honor of His Son Jesus!
Mary was a virgin at Christ’s birth, but notice in the below verse it says “her firstborn son”.** Matthew 1:25 “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” KJV**
Not enough space to be too specific, but the terminoligy “first born” is signifiant in Jewish tradition, in that the “first born” was the one who inherited [in this case the “throne of King David”] the families “treasures, such as they might be.”
Mary had other children.
Matthew 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” KJV
Also, look at Matthew 12:46, Mark 3:31; 6:3, Luke 8:19, John 2:12.
Again space does not allow a sufficient responce. ask this on a seperate thread, and you’ll get your answer. Here is a short reply.
** # 500 **“Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, “brothers of Jesus”, are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary”. They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression.”
s there scriptural proof for Purgatory?
2 Mac. 12: 44-45, 1 Cor. 3:15 and Mt. 5:26 all speak of it.
Thank you for your attention and God bless
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