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Don't get hung up on words; prayer should come from the heart. I believe that prayer needs to originate from the heart. Because of that, we shouldn't get hung up on words. I believe that rote prayers and repeated prayers can be just as effective and just as "heard by God" as prayers that are unscripted. It's about the state of your heart whether God ...


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Key to answering this question is that no mainstream Christian denomination thinks they are actually worshipping any person other than the Triune Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. From the outside, however, accusations are often made in this regard. To the uninitiated, veneration of the Saints can look like worship. To the ...


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There are two main Protestant arguments against asking the deceased saints to intercede for us: It is seen as contradicting the Bible's prohibition on contacting the dead. These are found most clearly in the Jewish Law, which is not binding on Christians, but is still considered to be solid wisdom in this case. Do not turn to mediums or seek out ...


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Time has no meaning in heaven, there is probably a more precise Thomistic answer for this question bit that should suffice. If time is meaningless then "at the same time" is meaningless. I'll get confused if I write any more about that. Is it possible, O Lord, that, since thou art in eternity, thou art ignorant of what I am saying to thee? Or, dost ...


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The key understanding for this is that God is present everywhere (omnipresence) but He is not Present (capital intentional) everywhere. That is, God doesn't make His Presence manifest everywhere. With that in mind, the quote becomes a bit clearer. At the outset, a sponge doesn't have any water. Put it in some water though, and the water will start seeping ...


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You are presenting a false dichotomy. "Prays to" does not mean "worships", and, along those lines, "worship" does not always mean what we think of when we think of "worship." If by "worship" you mean "provides honor due to God" then I will say that it is sinful to place a Saint at so high a level. Perhaps this is what happened when John saw the Angel. If by ...


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The Lord's Prayer (actually the disciples prayer) is a pattern of prayer, so just because it says "Our Father" there doesn't mean that all prayers for all times by all people should use that address. That could indeed fall into the category of vain repetitions that Jesus warned about in Matthew 6. It's instructive to look at the other prayers in the Bible. ...


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Ephesians 6:18 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."


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Wikipedia has an article entitled List of Blesseds in the Catholic Church. One can click on the heading of the column giving the date of beatification. Doing so, the earliest that shows up is Gunther of Bohemia, who died in 1045; however, no date of beatification is given. The second in the list does give a beatification date of 1482 for Matthew Carrieri. ...


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Checked out the notes on the side of the YouCat. Probably more in the Catechism, but since I'm studying the YouCat now, that's what I'll roll with for an answer The Christian does not say "My Father" but "Our Father". Even in the secrecy of a closed room, because he knows that in every place, on every occasion, he is a member of one in the same Body. ...


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From a reformed background the communion of the Saints is a mystical union every believer has with one another due to our common union in Christ. This does not necessarily imply we are actually 'experiencing others' that we have never met. It means we are all united in Christ as a new creation just as all humanity was once united in Adam. By being members ...


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What is the Biblical argument used by Evangelical Christians against the Catholic doctrine of the invocation of the saints? We can see a principle of equality with other Christians (and even angels) in our work for the Lord that would preclude elevated status for some. Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See ...


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I'm not Orthodox myself, but in the book His Broken Body, the author says that while there is no official term in the Orthodox church for "Church penitent" or "purgatory," because there is no official dogma concerning these ideas, the concept nevertheless, practically, exists: It is certain that Eastern Orthodox theologians do not use (and do not like) ...


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The question correctly emphasizes that intercession of the saints and invocation of the saints are not the same doctrines. Both are taught in Catholicism but only the former is taught in Evangelical Christianity. The New Testament is explicit that the saints in heaven intercedes for the saints on earth: "And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of ...


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To say that an ecclesial body is in partial, or imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church is not to say that the members of these bodies are only partially "members of the body of Christ": [People] who believe in Christ and have been truly baptized are in communion with the Catholic Church even though this communion is imperfect. The differences that ...


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The passage you are quoting does not mean "God can supply supernatural replacements for physical food", although there are passages that indicate he miraculously does that in exceptional circumstances. But "Man shall not live by bread alone" (the rest of the quote is "but by every word that comes from the mouth of God") means: "It takes more than just ...


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As Catholics, we do not pray/worship the saints. Instead, we look at them as role models because they have already achieved Heaven, which is what we must work for. Because they are already in Heaven, we ask the saints to intercede for us to God because they are so close to Him. Our asking them to intercede is what is often mistaken as worshiping them


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Yes, this is granted by God himself: 'Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.' (Rev5.8) 'Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, ...



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