Updated: Aug 31
From preschool to high school (that's 14 years in total), I attended Catholic Christian schools. I was so proud and privileged to be given that opportunity. I saw what difference it could make if children are being taught Christians values.
Then in college, I again attended a Christian school, but this time it's a Seventh Day Adventist school--the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP).
My mom loved the school environment because it has an in-campus dormitory and cafeteria. The university is also located near Tagaytay City which gives the environment a much cooler temperature compared to Manila which is so congested and has warmer weather.
My parents also thought it's much safer because AUP is far from the many bad influence of city life.
It was during my stay in AUP for 4 years while I was studying Bachelor of Science in Nursing that I realized it is TOTALLY WRONG to pray to 'Mama Mary' and the saints (St. Theresa, St. Raphael, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Padre Pio, and many others).
It is so sad to say (and at first hard to admit) that I was taught wrong in the Catholic schools I attended. Why? You too can find the answers in the Bible-- the written words of God and should be the ONLY source of our Christian beliefs.
So why is it...
TOTALLY WRONG TO PRAY TO MARY AND THE SAINTS?
Answer: Because the BIBLE CLEARLY says so.
Exodus 20: 3-5
3 You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
1 Timothy 2:5
5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus,
1 John 2:1
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."
Matthew 6:6 says
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
NEVER did Jesus say we must pray to the prophets, priests, saints or anybody else except to God. And Jesus Himself did not pray to Mary, nor did He regard her as someone to be worshiped.
14 Seeing then that we have a High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
To my dear brothers and sisters in faith, we all believe that Jesus is the Lamb of God (and God Himself) who came down from heaven to free us from the bondage of sin. We should recognize ONLY HIM, Jesus Christ as the ultimate mediator between God the Father and us humans.
Some would say, "We do not worship Mary or the saints. We just love them."
And yet people pray to them and ask for help. Is this not a form of worship? The Holy Bible clearly says, Jesus Christ is the Mediator between us and God.
I hope to share the enlightenment I received from the Word of God. I do not intend to make enemies with anyone, brothers and sisters. May we all find glory in God's message by reading, studying, and understanding the Bible.
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