Ok, I shall answer youn point by point. You have received some erroneous information as to what the Church teaches as regards "praying to Mary" or the Saints in heaven for that matter. We do not pray to Mary or worship her as you have claimed. We ask her to "pray for us", just as you can ask me to pray for you.
Do I do a novena to you that you may pray for me? Do I pray to you that you may pray for me?
Do I kneel down to you and sing you hymns? Do I wear your scapulars?
Do I exalt and glorify your name - or do I have medals that bear your image, or banners that bear your name so that you may pray for me?
The Catholic Church tries to justify all these man-made (or even perhaps devil-inspired) rituals and forms of idolatry. If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck and walks like a duck....it is a duck!
She, like all the dearly departed are not dead, but like the Scriptures say, is stll "alive in Christ". Therfore, they who are now with Christ can petition Him directly. Now, you probably reject that teaching also, but it is what it is.
You keep referring to scriptures....I want you to cite those scriptures! Which specific verse???Alive in Christ
- all Christians who follow Christ are alive in Christ! From being spiritually dead, we've come to life! Perhaps that's why Mary of the Bible instructed all of us to DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU! Because that's the key to all, isn't it?
Even though you have cited those words above, we know that Jesus still loved His mother,
I don't think anyone is saying that Jesus didn't love His mother.
He even humored her - obliging her request - when she requested His help at the wedding in Cana. He performed His miracle even if it wasn't yet the time for Him to do so. That incident in Cana is one of the biggest justification the Catholic Church uses as an argument! That, since God gave in to Mary, therefore He'll be giving in at her other requests - thus she can effectively intercedes
for us. But apparently, that's not so. Says Jesus.
so much so that at the foot of the Cross, He gave her to John for safekeeping. Had he not cared for her, he would not of thought of her at that time and would have just abandoned her
You have to remember that Jesus was human. In those days....being women, widows were very vulnerable. They have to have someone to look after them. What good son will not want to ensure he leaves his mother in good hands knowing he is dying? That was Jesus, as a human....expressing human emotions!
In that passage He was making some other point. He still believed that He should honor His mother as per one of the Ten Commandments.
Yes, being a good son, He has to honor her. Honoring someone is very much different from praying to someone. Let's bring up that passage again.Matthew 12 KJV
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
See that highlighted part? That's the key phrase: OBEDIENCE
TO GOD! He likened followers of God to be his brethren (like his mother and siblings - therefore, no special distinction that separates them
from followers of God! I guess he squashed the idea of nepotism!)
Jesus was not shunning earth family, don't get me wrong. What Jesus was saying is that all those who follow God are His family.
What point do you think He makes in that passage?
Catholics believe in tradition because it is one of the ways to continue on with all that was given us.
Is this the same passage in the Catholic Bible? I pray you read this Scripture carefully.
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Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’
5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’
6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules[/i].
How many traditions being followed by the Catholic Church nullify the Word of God? Don't you see the big point here, Ladonia?
What kind of christian church disobeys the teachings of Christ? That's why we're called Christians - meaning followers of Christ. What is it that makes one a follower of Christ? Following His teachings!
Anyone, or any church that doesn't follow the teachings of Christ is not a Christian Church. It may pretend to be....or delude itself to be...but it is not! You are being misled!
We worship on Sunday because it was the "tradition" for the new Christian Church to do this. Baby boys are circumcised at birth to continue the tradition which was done by God's chosen people, the Jews. And we do it because St Paul tells us to "hold fast" to them. Yes, we continue on with traditions because we are commanded to.
Cite that passage given by Paul. If I'm not mistaken, Paul was the one who argued with the elders against traditions they wanted to impose on gentiles - such as circumcision, among other things! Cite!