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Intercession is not the same as mediation! As other answers have said perfectly adequately, there is plenty of biblical support for interceding for one another and the example of the Apostle Paul requesting this intercession from other (living!) saints; although there is no particular scriptural warrant to explicitly endorse asking for such intercession ...


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There are a variety of things going on here. (FWIW, I'm an Anglican who holds to the Catholic faith, so I'm not explaining my own beliefs here. I'll try as best I can to give a fair account of others' beliefs.) Idolatry Many Protestants believe that prayer should only be directed at God and that prayer to anything else is ipso facto idolatry. To pray to ...


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I think the short answer is that there is Biblical precedent for this sort of intercessory prayer. Here are a few examples: 2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV) You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. Philippians 1:19 (ESV) for I know that through your prayers ...


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Personally I have no difficulty with this apparent contradiction. Rather I expect it. This may be because very early in my Christian life it was explained to my satisfaction. It has to do with our basic view of the nature of prayer. Prayer is our response to God after he has put his Sprit within us. It is a ‘spirit’ of prayer. It is our unconscious yearning ...


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The Bible tells Christians to pray for those in positions of authority. Such authorities include government officials (international, national, and local) and pastors, church elders, school boards, school principals, employers, and the like. There is an underlying principle behind this: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is ...


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You already mentioned that you had seen support for this in the Apocrypha (otherwise known as the Deuterocannonical text). As such, it became a Tradition to ask the Saints for intercessory prayers, because of the belief that they can in fact pray for us. And on top of that... my question is if there is biblical authority to support the proposition that ...


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Those on earth do not know with certainty whether one is in hell, purgatory, or heaven—unless the Church has canonized the faithfully departed as a saint, in which case one is certain he or she is in heaven. Thus, Catholics pray for departed souls in the case they might be in purgatory: …the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, from the ...


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Mary is co-redemptrix just means she has cooperated with Jesus Christ for our salvation. Explanations can be found in Lumen gentium quoted below : There is but one Mediator as we know from the words of the apostle, "for there is one God and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a redemption for all" (1Tm 2,5-6). The ...


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The Catholic Church believes that souls who die in the state of grace, yet still need to be purified from the temporal punishment due to sin are purified in Purgatory. Catholic teaching regarding prayers of the dead is bound up inseparably with the doctrine of purgatory and the more general doctrine of the communion of the saints, which is an article of the ...


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I don't know if this will help, but I tend to agree with your assessment that the answer you received doesn't do justice to the question. The typical response example that you provided doesn't, in my opinion, address the real issue. I do agree with the conclusion that it comes to, as my answer will show, but it is immensely unsatisfying because the way it'...


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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living? First of all, we must remember that there are three divisions that make up the Communion of Saints: the Church Triumphant (those in heaven), the Church Suffering (those in purgatory) and the Church Militant (those among the living on earth). The Church ultimately has not ...


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In addition to lonesomeday's excellent answer I would also like to cite the following Scriptures where both Paul and James indicated that others should offer intercessory prayer for either them or others. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. In the following instance we see Paul asking for their prayers, to aid him in his work for the ...


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This may be the height of arrogance to answer Lewis, but here goes... Using the Lord's prayer, we see that we have get through: Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. This, and throughout scripture, God calls himself Father in a remarkable way that combines both his intimacy and grace with his holiness and truth. It is this God that we ...


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Philippians 4:6 tells us "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." In Acts 1:13-14, after Jesus ascends, we see "And when they (the Apostles) had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and ...


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Denominations with a liturgical tradition often have prayers specifically for the government, and there is no assumption that such a government will be godly. For example here are two prayers from the Anglican Church of Canada: for Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal Family, for N the Prime Minister and for the government of this country, for N ...


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How can a relic help a sick person? From the tone of body of your question, I am presuming that you would like a Catholic response. That is the perspective I am going to give for you. Holy Cards touched to the relics of the saint are third class relics. The Catholic church divides relics into three classes: First-Class Relics: items directly ...


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Minor Clarification To be clear: certain doctrines, in fact, a great many that all 'Christians' believe, do not have their 'basis' or 'origin', strictly speaking, in the Bible. So much as the Bible approves, dissapproves, teaches and allows certain things. But it doesn't prescribe, necessarily, every doctrine which was formative in the Church and its faith: ...


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The apostle Paul prays for the living and prays for other Christians. So it seems perfectly natural for Christians to ask for prayer from other living Christians. Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers James 5:16 - ... pray one for another ... Among many others which others have pointed out. I think the ...


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Let me offer one possibility, I will not claim that it is the answer you seek, but maybe perhaps you may consider it in the realm of possibility. Let's start with another CS Lewis quote which is a rare find, you can find the text here: http://ced.cbcm.org/pastclasses%20storage/life_files/CSLewisonPrayer_ArtLin511.pdf Lewis felt that prayer was not ...


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