I'm a Christian. I would love to be able to study/worship/pray to Saints though.
A few years back I read that Worshipping Saints is Idol Worship. (???)
I've also heard that only Catholics are allowed to pray to/worship Saints.
On two positive ideas I've heard about Saints though, are that 1. Saints can be looked at as our friends. and 2. The goal of every Catholic is to become a Saint.
(I hope it's okay to post things about Catholicism)
In Jewish or Semitic culture to ask someone to do something on your behalf is to ask it in their name. Let us say for example a catholic asking a Saint like Mary, they would ask in her name, or if they asked let us say Saint George, then they are asking in his name.
A persons name is his honour and asking someone in their name, you are honouring them. The question then becomes, at which point does honouring a created being become worship?
When you in your heart venerate that name, then it becomes internalised in your being and therefore is an abominable form of worship, because you as a believer are projecting yourself to that person as if your whole life depended on them.
The question is, can that person that you depend on by honouring their name, save you?
I believe that most rational people would say they can not save you.
So what is the big deal about asking someone that does not have the authority to save you, do you go indirectly to the source of life and ask one of his servants, or do you go directly to the source of life and ask him yourself.
What did The Lord say?
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Again the use of a persons name is to honour that person, but The Lord here is demanding that you ask him directly.
There is no back door or side door in asking The Lord. If you are sincere you need to ask him directly for he has commanded you.
Then Jesus repeats the instruction again:
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Then following this very important instruction he declares the following:
15“If you love me, keep my commands
So it is a commandment to ask him and if you thought it was optional, think again. There is no asking him using another name other than his name. According to this statement if a person asks Saint Mary, then they are disobeying Christ's commands.
If you loved someone so much, do you send someone else to ask them on your behalf or is that person that you want to tell, how much you love, requires that you tell them directly yourself. How embarrassing it would be to send someone else on your behalf, it would look like a half concerted effort and lacking in sincerity.
Jesus said to use his name and if you truly love him you would obey his commands, for it is that simple brothers and sisters.
9“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks forf a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
You are required to ask him, so that he through his Holy Spirit can led you into all truth and to provide for your needs as his child,
So go to him directly.
Edited by Defending the Name, 15 September 2014 - 05:53 AM.