So why do Catholics believe in the rosary? What is the significance of repetitious prayer? I do not understand why the Catholics worship saints and confess their sins to a priest? What does the bible say about that? Also, why do they hold the pope with such high regards as though the pope is Christ himself? The chanting of the Roman Catholic Rosary is vain repetition. God is not impressed with such empty and meaningless prayers. Matthew 6:7 clearly states: ;And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Some Catholics try to justify vain repetitious prayers with Scriptures such as Matthew 26:44, "And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. But, asking God three times for the same thing, is very different than mumbling the same words (the Rosary) over and over for a lifetime. Catholics view Mary and saints as "intercessors" before God. They believe that a saint, who is glorified in Heaven, has more "direct access" to God than we do. Therefore, if a saint delivers a prayer to God, it is more effective than us praying to God directly. This concept is blatantly unbiblical. Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we, believers here on earth, can "...approach the throne of grace with confidence..." ??1 Timothy 2:5 declares, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." There is no one else that can mediate with God for us. If Jesus is the ONLY mediator, that indicates Mary and saints cannot be mediators. They cannot mediate our prayer requests to God. Further, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ Himself is interceding for us before the Father, "Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them" (Hebrews 7:25). So we are to pray directly to the Father in the name of Jesus. Regarding the Catholic Priest, Matthew 23:9 forbids us from calling any man (it is referring to men in the church who are not our biological fathers)"Father" (i.e., to respect men as God); yet, this is exactly what Catholics call their priest. Followers of Catholicism have been instructed to believe that their priests can forgive sin. We know from 1st Timothy 2:5 that only Jesus can forgive sin. This is similar with the Pope. Because of misconceptions of how things in the body of Christ should be done, the pope has been placed in a seat of near deism. Unlike a pastor of a church who is also supposed to hear from God and communicate His instructions from His word, the pope dictates to people things they should follow that are not biblically sound and are mostly legalistic rituals with little to no spiritual value. When Catholicism started it desired to give structure to our beliefs in Christ, but ended up creating too many rules and regulations and lost sight of the relationship we can have with God through Christ. Catholicism is not all bad, in fact if it were not for organized religion we would not have the Bible in the form that we have it today.
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @ 11:26 AM CDT
This is a great question and great answer! Being from New Mexico and having 90% of my family being Catholic, my kids always asked the same questions above! It was difficult at times to explain these things. But reading this, it will help me explain their questions! Thank you for asking the question!
Posted on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 @ 10:40 AM CST