[quote=George M] Then she came up with, Why ask a dead person to pray for you as the only one in heaven is God.
Really? Then what happens to those people who are “saved”? Are they not with God… in heaven?
I’ve been using this arguement to support praying to Mary:
I use 1 Kings 2 and Jesus’ first miracle, Wedding at Cana.
1 Kings 2 reflects how the Davidic kingdom works. The Davidic kingdom is God’s model of His kingdom on earth. In the Davidic kingdom, the queen is not the king’s wife but the king’s mother. This is because the king can have many wives but only one mother. in 1 Kings 2, Adonijah wanted to make a request to the king but instead of going straight to the king, he goes to the queen mother, Bathsheba. The queen mother then makes her request to the king, Solomon. Remember that she has authority but not the power of the king. Solomon in turn, after hearing the request, says that he cannot deny his mother (1 Kings 2:20). This is then reflected in the NT when Jesus performs His first miracle. Who asks requests Him about the wine? Was it not His mother? Was it not His mother who talked Him into it about the wine?
In this sense, we make requests to Mary for she is the Queen mother of our King, Jesus. It doesn’t mean that she has the power. No… Jesus still holds the power.
Another way of looking at it is that as Christians, we are one family. And what does a family do? Don’t they help out each other?
And on another note, these “dead” people are more alive than we are. And when Catholics use the word “pray” indeed we mean “to ask” or “to communicate”. :gopray2:
Of course, what I explained may not phase them but I hope it helps you.