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Is praying to Mary & the saints, like Catholicism teaches an act of false worship?


The Bible teaches us to worship God only (Ex. 20:3-5; Rev. 19:10); but the Roman Catholic Church teaches its adherents to pray to Mary and the saints. They even bow down to statues and pictures of them when they pray to them. Is this idolatry and false worship?

 

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    X-Con 4 years ago

    Good point.


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    loveofnight 4 years ago

    Well stated facts, a good share indeed.


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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    Your definition of Mediatrix is wrong. In that role, Mary plays a part in delivering prayer requests to God. Mary is looked up as being the greatest intercessor next to Jesus, in asking for God's help on behalf of others.


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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    You are correct in that it is God the Father who answers prayers. The saints, Mary and Jesus are not worshiped, they are intercessors. The Catholic Church is the most recognizable church in the world and the target of the most inaccurate claims.


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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    Catholic Church teaches its adherents to pray to Mary and the saints. They even bow down to statues and pictures of them when they pray. The Church does not teach this. Some Catholics just do it--big difference. Baptist say don't drink. Many do.

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    Nicola Thompson (ThompsonPen) 4 years ago

    But wouldn't praying to Mary not really be worshiping but perhaps asking for her strengths? A woman will have more strength for another woman due to the experiences women have that a man can't. And visa versa


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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    How a person worships is a free choice. Giving incorrect information about any church, as many are doing, is just wrong. The Catholic Church does not practice idolatry. Only God can answer prayers. Do not confuse decorations as a way to explain faith

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    Motown2Chitown 4 years ago

    Very well said. :) It's such a difficult subject to explain to those who are not Catholic, and I think you explained it beautifully!


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