This is a mini rant. First, I would like to say this LESS applies to the non-Catholics on this forum who I find FAR more intellectual as a whole compared to others around the internet.
But have any of you experienced this? I’m sure you have…this is nothing we all haven’t heard before. But I experienced it twice today in the same thread on another forum.
For example, I went through an explanation and exegesis of several verses of Scripture attesting to praying to saints. Two different rebuttals I got from people consisted of the profound counter-exegesis of “No, those verses don’t say that,” sometimes followed by new made-up criteria that would exclude those verses but no longer relate to them speaking of praying to Saints anyway.
(by the way, this could also happen to a thoughtful Protestant who received a poor response in reply to his claims or questions too)
What is peculiar to Protestants who have difficulty with such concepts as praying to saints (not trying to paint with a broad brush, I am talking about a specific kind of Bible interpreter) is the desperate need to see a teaching in Scripture in the form of a 21st century English declarative sentence— if it is for a teaching that comes from a Catholic or maybe Orthodox.
They cannot see concepts in Scripture. They know Christians on earth are saints from whom we are encouraged to ask for prayers. But since they do not see the spelled-out notion of praying to saints in heaven, who have the most perfect union with God possible, whose prayers as righteousness beings are the most possibly effective, they invent the anti-Scriptural concept that these members of Christ’s Body in heaven are effectively separated from His members on earth.
I don’t think I could sleep right at night if someone presented me with a concise, yet thought-out Scriptural challenge, and all I could muster for a reply over and over was, “No, that doesn’t say that” with no accompanying rationale for denying it.
I guess here’s to praying for all of us to make sure when we speak, we speak truth, and when we hear, we discern truth. Amen. :yup: :yup: