Who do you pray to
March 22, 2009 5:42am CST
I spoke with a friend two days ago, who told me of a survey done by the Catholic Church, and the results of the survey were completely unexpected, to me, at least. In the survey, Mary was second as the one prayed to most often, Our lady of Guadalupe was third, but who was sixth? Jesus Christ! Who is more important here? Are the saints and apostles more capable of answering our prayers than the Son of God, the King of God's Kingdom, our Savior, Redeemer, Father and Teacher? He is our savior and redeemer because of the ransom sacrifice on the stake, he is our father because by redeeming us, we are newborns to God, and he is our teacher by following his example. Yet, for all this, he is sixth to pray to?! What is more important here?
25 Mar 09
i pray to God the Father, Gor the SOn and God the Holy Spirit. I dont have saints and angels but i do believe in them. most of the churches here in the philippines are named after the saints and apostles and i dont know why. i still pray to God the creator of heaven and earth. as you said which i agree we are sons of God he is our teacher by following his examples.
• United States
25 Mar 09
You are right. While some "religious leaders" choose who to pray to, even one of the greatest apostles ever, the Apostle Paul, told his fellow believers, "I planted, Apollos watered, but it was God who made it grow." He was referring to the seed of christian faith which he planted, a fellow believer named Apollos ministered to after he left, but neither could claim credit for the growth of the people they helped. Only the Almighty God can take that credit. Only the Almighty God can see whose heart is right to receive the teachings and grow. No one else can take credit for that growth.
• United States
22 Mar 09
Thank you, moneysecond! All I want is to see a lively banter, with no personal attacks, of people sharing their opinions. It was disconcerting to discover that the Son of the Almighty God was less important than saints who may never have done anything meriting sainthood. Jesus was even when he was alive, more important than Mary who gave birth to him, yet He is less revered now? Jesus is the first in God's Kingdom, followed by his disciples, apostles and faithful followers. That includes Mary. So the real problem is, who decides who we should pray to? It is written many times, in the Gospels and the following books, even in the Hebrew Scriptures, that the only person we must pray to, is God. So what is the problem? Why should we pray to St. Francis of Assisi, St. Raphael, St. John, St. Peter or St. Paul? Peter, Paul and John are Jesus' followers, and would have rejected any attempts to venerate them if they were alive. They are as the angels, fellow brothers in worship to God, and all worship must go ONLY to God. How many "Christian" religions are actually pagan? I may regret saying that, but the bible is the only part of our worship that tells us if we are worshiping properly. Does the bible say anywhere that we can pray to the disciples and apostles? Does the bible say anywhere that we can pray to Mary? Then why are we?