Catholic Christianity offers the full gospel with a full victory over death. That’s why Catholics pray to the Saints, because we know that Jesus has truly and fully conquered the sting of death, and those who are in heaven are fully alive and fully aware of everything in Christ. Yes, they can hear us and see us, even if we can’t hear and see them anymore. Jesus did more than pay the penalty for our sins. His atoning death on the cross actually changed the eschatological nature of life and death.
Protestant Christianity offers the partial gospel with a partial victory over death. That’s why Protestants don’t pray to the Saints, because they believe that Jesus has only partially conquered the sting of death, and those who are in heaven are not fully alive or fully aware of everything in Christ. They believe they can’t hear or see us, and there is a wall of separation between the living and dead in Christ. So in other words, Christ didn’t do much on the cross to change things. All he did was pay the penalty for our sins, but he didn’t actually change the eschatological nature of life and death.
Which form of Christianity sounds more complete and victorious to you?
THE HAIL MARY (AVE MARIA) PRAYER
It is the most Biblical prayer, encapsulating the message of the entire gospel…
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, (Luke 1:42)
Jesus. (the name of our Lord)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, (because Jesus is God, Luke 1:43, John 1:1 & John 1:14)
Pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. (Because the Saints in Heaven offer our prayers to God, Tobit 12:12, Revelation 5:8 and Revelation 8:4. And Jesus prayed to the Saints in Matthew 17:3, Mark 9:4 and Luke 9:30-31, setting an example for us.)