I’ve been listening to Catholic Answers Live and reading up on apologetics for about a year now, and I’ve come across one interesting refutation for OSAS which I’ve made some elaboration on, and I’ve formulated a short explanation of the Saints’ ability to know the prayers coming from the entire Body of Christ. I’m looking for feedback first, but also for any other rare answers that you think should brought up more often than they are.
First, to the OSAS idea, this is a much longer rendition of something I recently read on this forum:
Here is a new question: What do you consider faith to be? Paul says in Hebrews 11:1 that faith “is the reality of things being hoped for, the proof of things not being seen.” When answering a question – let’s use a math question such as “2+2=?” for simplicity. Being grade school graduates, we would NOT say, “Of course, the answer is 4,” and then anticipate the true answer with hope of getting it right, because we know for sure it’s right. We would confidently be able to rebuke any person who says that the answer is anything other than 4. However, in the case of a 5-year-old who does not know how to perform simple math well yet, it would be understandable that he could come up with the answer “4,” or even “10,” and then hope that he got it right, because might not know for sure what the answer is. If that case when Paul spoke, then our personal salvation could not be included in “things hoped for,” since we would not hope for something of which we know we will get. There would be no virtue of hope for salvation in that case. However, we know that hope is the virtue that makes a Christian crave for the kingdom of God. Hope draws us towards greater friendship with Jesus to put our trust in his promises.“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful.” [Heb. 10:23] Hope is what helps us endure suffering, knowing that it is for our sanctification. If we being saved is a one-time event, then hope has no place in salvation. It’s not hope, it’s something else: longing. Longing is good, too. This would then alter the verse to “faith is the reality of things longed for,” which is also a true statement. However, hope would be contradictory, because being saved once and for all would mean that he knows he will go to Heaven.
Secondly, regarding praying to Saints:
People can often be convinced of the necessity of all parts of the Body of Christ, which would enable the Saints to pray for us here on Earth, but it’s often a difficult jump to believe that someone with such a widespread devotion as Mary could possibly hear everyone who makes prayer requests to her. They say that only God can possibly pay attention to so many people. However, could it be argued that the Devil (I KNOW, he’s much different than Mary, being a fallen angel and evil and all) also pays attention to a lot of people at once? It’s not a stretch for everyone to believe that, but it seems to go unmentioned. Does this make sense?