The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that we should pray to saints. Catholic scholars site the second book of Macabees and the Baruch as scripture supporting this doctrine. Should we as Christians, pray to saints?
What does the Word say about praying to saints? The Bible says in 1 Titus 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” We should go to Jesus with our prayers. He is our mediator. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to pray to saints. Deuteronomy 18:10 says “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” God does not look kindly on anyone who chooses to seek spirits for help.
Should we trust the words of 2 Maccabees and the book of Baruch? These books come from what the Catholic Church calls these books deuterocanonical while protestants call them the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha cannot be trusted as scripture because it is not inspired of God. The author of the book of 2 Maccabees even admits he is not sure if he had done a good job writing (see 2 Maccabees 2:23; 15:39). 2 Maccabees is full of chronological and historical errors and therefore cannot be trusted. The Book of Baruch is said to be authored by Baruch, the scribe of Jerimiah but was written around 150 B.C. This is long after the life of Baruch.
- The Bible tells us to pray to Jesus because he is our mediator.
- The Bible forbids speaking to the dead.
- The Apocrypha cannot be trusted as Holy scripture.
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