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.)
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Good point about Jesus speaking to the saints in heaven.
Something I put together on the Hail Mary years ago follows:
The Hail Mary is as follows:
“Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
The first part, namely “Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you.” is the angel’s address to Mary at the annunciation. Luke 1:28
The second “Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,” is Elizabeth addressing Mary. Luke 1:42.
At the centre of the prayer is the name of Jesus.
Mary is holy by virtue of being Jesus’ mother and by God’s grace, because she has “won God’s favour”, Luke 1:30.
Mary is the mother of Jesus, who is God. John 20:28 “28 Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!'” ((A woman gives birth to a person, not a nature, so Mary gives birth to the person of Jesus, not merely his human nature. This does not mean that Mary “precedes” Jesus, she is a mere mortal, but God has bestowed upon her the privilege of giving birth to his son, Jesus, who is God himself. Mary herself says in Luke 1:48-49 “from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,”. It is God who has done great things for Mary, not Mary who has done great things for God.))
We ask Mary to pray for us because she is with God in Heaven. Rev 11:19 – 12:1-5.
Paul asks us to pray for each other. We are the Body of Christ, the church, and we all care for each other, and pray for each other. Death does not remove us from the Body of Christ, on the contrary we are then “the spirits of the upright who have been made perfect;” (Hebrews 12:23), because “He is God, not of the dead, but of the living.'” Matt 22:32.
Thank you so much for this. Awesome article as always. Keep up the good work.
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