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I am going to the Catholic church, but do not believe in the right to pray for the dead.I respect and honor Saint Mary as the example of living faith, but can't pray to her to pray for me. Should I change my church? Should I look for the Church which follow the Bible? Or should I pray there despite all misunderstandings? How to find the right Church and what does it mean?

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closed as off-topic by Affable Geek, David, Andrew Leach, Mawia, Peter Turner Nov 25 '13 at 14:05

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Welcome to C.SE! When you get the chance, please check out our tour and specifically How we are different than other sites. Please don't take this the wrong way, but I'm voting to close, because this isn't the kind of thing we do here. We answer academic theological - and that's not really much of a basis on which to answer your personal faith journey questions. Finding the "right" church is dependent on your personal circumstances and your walk with God. There is no way those of us who do not know you can tell you what that is. – Affable Geek Nov 24 '13 at 23:19
As a Protestant, if you are questioning Catholic teachings (even ones that I agree with you are not particularly Biblical) I still would suggest you talk with your priest. He may be able to answer your objections. If not, I guarantee there are many non-Catholic pastors (such as myself) with whom you could speak as well. But the main point is, you have real questions that cannot be answered by random people on the internet. I'd love to pray for you, but I respect you too much to tell you what you should do in your situtaion. – Affable Geek Nov 24 '13 at 23:22
These types of questions are better suited for these guys than Christianity Stack Exchange, but welcome nonetheless! – Matt Nov 25 '13 at 4:12
That was exactly one of the many reasons why Protestant denomination was born. Many protestants would like to answer this question but as it is against the site rules, I'm voting to close. – Mawia Nov 25 '13 at 8:29
By all means, ask questions here about Marian prayers and praying for the dead. There are sound Biblical reasons for both of these that can be addressed. Keeping you in the Catholic Church however, isn't something addressable on this site directly. – Peter Turner Nov 25 '13 at 12:25
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To specifically answer your question about what is the true church.

The true church are a people not institutions that meet in buildings. The true church are the people of God who were born again.

John 3:3-6 - 3Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

To be born again we need to:

John 14:6 - Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.

Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

And when we do, he places his spirit on the inside of us. And our bodies become his temple.

1 Cor 6:19 - 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

God shows up in your church building when the believers who carry his presence enter into the building.

These are the believers and the true church.

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Gratitude filled me while reading your answer. Can I defined that peace as the spiritual gift? Does the Scripture list the gifts of the Spirit ? Where? – Tomas Nov 25 '13 at 12:58
@Tomas - Yes. There are gifts of the spirit and there is fruit of the spirit. The Gifts are in 1 Corinthians 12. The fruit is listed in Galatians 5:22. You can't have either until you receive the giver - receive Jesus. – Matt Nov 25 '13 at 21:00
Sorry your question was closed. I don't consider myself a random internet person but a Child of the living God and a brother in Christ who you will meet in heaven. – Matt Nov 25 '13 at 21:02

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