Who are the Saints
Do not pray to dead saints but to the living saints.
Nowhere in the bible you will find either God or Jesus Christ suggesting asking or recommending to pray to the dead. Nowhere in the bible God or Jesus ask you to pray to Mary.
Matthew 15:3 He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
Luke 11:27-28 27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." 28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
Matthew 12:47-50 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you. He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
In the Bible, everyone who has received Jesus Christ by faith is a saint.
In the Bible, saints are called to revere, worship, and pray to God alone. Luke 11:1-28 How does Jesus say we should pray? Jesus instructs us to approach God as Father. God is our Heavenly Father.
Do not pray to the dead
The word "saint" comes from the Greek word hagios, which means "consecrated to God, holy, sacred, pious." It is almost always used in the plural, "saints."
"...Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem" (Acts 9:13). "Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda" (Acts 9:32). "And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons ..." (Acts 26:10).
There is only one instance of the singular use, and that is "Greet every saint in Christ Jesus..." (Philippians 4:21). In Scripture there are 67 uses of the plural "saints" compared to only one use of the singular word "saint." Even in that one instance, a plurality of saints is in view: "...every saint..." (Philippians 4:21). In Roman Catholic theology, the saints are in heaven. In the Bible, the saints are on earth. In Roman Catholic teaching, a person does not become a saint unless he/she is "beatified" or "canonized" by the Pope or prominent bishop.
Do not hold on to human traditions if they make the Lord angry. Do not pray to angels.
Angel in Revelation 22:9 And I am John, who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown me these things. But he said to me, "Do not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"
Nowhere in the bible it says you should pray to angels. Angels themselves said even! do not pray to us! but to God. No is no!
Mark 12:27, Luke 20:38 So he is the God of the living, not the dead
God hates the sin but loves the sinner
The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it comes to moral perfection. All the perfect people are in heaven. God works with sinners because that's all he has to work with. Think about Noah who got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, David who was an adulterer, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Samson who had serious problem with anger. Only Jesus was sinless.
However, there is one sin that will never be forgiven, which gives comfort actually to all those who endured hardship. The unpardonable/unforgivable sin or "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" is mentioned in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:22-32. "Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin" (Mark 29) - Jesus.
Saints: men and women of valor
The life of the saint is struggling endlessly with the world, as the shepherd is forever vigilant against the wolves.
When the saints are persecuted, they are engulfed by the love of God, for in their state of agony, they are being tested by the Lord Who is love. To be persecuted is to be loved by God; it is a sign that the Father desires that you be as His Son, to live as Christ lived, to suffer just as He suffered.
Jeremiah 17: 10"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."
Those who are not persecuted, who live entrenched in the fat of comfort, without enemies from amongst the wolves, and in the avoidance from the struggle that the Sword of Christ brings, are hated by God, and thus God deprives them of the honor of persecution.
As David wrote in the tenth Psalm: "The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates." (Psalm 11:5) God loved Elijah, and He thus blessed him with the oppression of Jezebel; He loved Moses and bestowed upon him the mission to confront the tyrant Pharaoh - a terrifying enterprise - to endure the arduous journey through the desert, and conduct battles against the pagans who sought out his destruction. As the Savior Himself said, "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18)
Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
The Gospels of Mark and Luke both relay an incident involving a widow's gift to God. Jesus watched as the rich were contributing large sums of money, but then along came a widow with two small coins in her hand. What is so wonderful about this story is that Jesus shows justice; he sees the humble widow giving all she had. A gift so much more worth than a bucket of money from a rich person who can miss it easily.
Manny Pacquiao, 2016> after earning millions for fighting Floyd Mayweather, the boxer and politician used a portion of his earnings to construct homes for 1,000 poor families in his hometown. Manny Pacquiao is more than a world-class athlete or Filipino politician. He's a compassionate activist and Christian who paid for 1,000 homes to be built to help out underprivileged families in his hometown.
A Few Christians are: Louis Braille, Samuel Morse, Jacques Cousteau, Isaac Newton, Bob Ross (painter and 20 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force), J.R.R. Tolkien, Galileo Galilei, William Shakespeare, Johnny Cash, Louis Pasteur etc. Like beer? In 2018 the oldest continuously operated brewery, founded by monks, is nearing its 1,000th birthday.
Rocky Marciano (Rocco Marchegiano) was an Italian (in America born) professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956, from which he retired, undefeated, in 1956 at age 32, after 49 fights. He was a God-fearing man. Sportswriters frequently hailed him as "a religious man" and "a devout Catholic". Modern pundits never give Marciano the respect he deserves as they consistently list Mohammed Ali as the greatest ever. Ali (Clay) was great, but he lost 5 times. He only knocked out 37 of his 61 opponents.
Irish priest Father Ray Kelly left bride groom and wedding guests in raptures after delivering a pitch perfect rendition of the Hallelujah song
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light
Since you now learned above who the saints are, now take a look at the anti-christ.
The Greek word from which our English word "antichrist" is translated is very simple to understand. It is a simple compound word and means "anti" + "Christ" = "antichrist". We use the same compound word every day. We have people who are "anti-smoking" or "anti-everything" or "anti-hunting". There really is no big mystery as to what the word means. "Anti-Christ" is anyone who opposes Christ.
If to you, God did not send Jesus Christ who died for our sins (for our second chance since with out free will, the majority still chooses to be egoistical pricks) and is a mythological figure, then you are an "antichrist". The Bible term "antichrist" could be simply understood to be equivalent to being a "non-believer." The antichrist is that sweet elderly lady living next door who openly teaches the neighborhood kids that Jesus just was a myth.
A Few Famous AntiChrists: Martin Luther, Bush, Obama, Tony Blair, Oprah, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paris Hilton and plenty popes. Anyone that does not follow Christ but claim they do is an anti-Christ according to Gods word.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
A word of encouragement
Jeremiah the prophet lived in the final days of the crumbling nation of Judah. He was, appropriately, the last prophet that God sent to preach to the southern kingdom, which comprised the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. God had repeatedly warned Israel to stop their idolatrous behavior, but they would not listen, so He tore the 12 tribes asunder, sending the 10 northern tribes into captivity at the hands of the Assyrians. Then God sent Jeremiah to give Judah the last warning before He cast them out of the land, decimating the nation and sending them into captivity in the pagan kingdom of Babylon. Jeremiah, a faithful, God-fearing man, was called to tell Judah that, because of their unrepentant sin, their God had turned against them and was now prepared to remove them from the land at the hands of a pagan king.
Jeremiah begged the people to listen but they did not, no matter how hard he tried. There was no
human comfort for him and his friends had turned their backs on him.
The adulterous people had become so hardened by the numbing effects of sin that they no longer believed God, nor did they fear Him.
Jeremiah preached for 40 years, and not once did he see any real success in changing or softening the hearts and minds of his stubborn, idolatrous people. The other prophets of Israel had witnessed some successes, at least for a little while, but not Jeremiah. He was speaking to a brick wall; however, his words were not wasted. They were pearls being cast before swine, in a sense, and they were convicting every person who heard them and refused to heed the warning.
Jeremiah tried to make the people understand their problem was a lack of belief, trust, and faith in God, along with an absence of fear that caused them to take Him for granted. It is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security, especially when the focus is not on God. The nation of Israel, just like many nations today, had stopped putting God first and had replaced Him with false gods, those that would not make them feel guilty or convict them of sin. God had delivered His people from bondage in Egypt, had performed miracles before them, and had even parted the waters of the sea for them. In spite of all these displays of God's power, they returned to the false practices they had learned in Egypt, even making vows to the false "queen of heaven," along with performing the other rites and rituals that were part of the Egyptian culture and religion.
God finally turned them over to their idolatry, saying, "Go ahead, then; do what you promised! Keep your vows!" (Jeremiah 44:25).
What we learn from the life of Jeremiah is the comfort of knowing that, just like every believer of God can experience rejection, depression, and discouragement in their walk with the Lord. This is a normal part of growing spiritually, because our sinful nature fights against our new nature, that which is born of the Spirit of God, according to Galatians 5:17: "For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want." But, just as Jeremiah found, we can know that the faithfulness of our God is infinite; even when we are unfaithful to Him, He remains steadfast (2 Timothy 2:13).
Jeremiah was given the task of delivering an unpopular, convicting message to Judah, one that caused him great mental anguish, as well as making him despised in the eyes of his people. God says that His truth sounds like "foolishness" to those who are lost, but to believers it is the very words of life (1 Corinthians 1:18). He also says that the time will come when people will not tolerate the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Those in Judah in Jeremiah's day did not want to hear what he had to say, and his constant warning of judgment annoyed them. This is true of the world today, as believers who are following God's instructions are warning the lost and dying world of impending judgment (Revelation 3:10). Even though most are not listening, we must persevere in proclaiming truth in order to rescue some from the terrible judgment that will inevitably come.
Francis of Assisi, born in Italy, patron saint of animals and environment.
God loves animals - Isaiah 65:25, Psalm 145:9, Romans 8:19, Romans 8:21-22, Genesis 1:25-26, 1:20, Genesis 6:19-21
Animal messengers - In 1 Kings 17:2-6, Numbers 22:27-32, Matthew 12:40. In Revelations 4:4-11 angels are described with having animal features.
Everything God does is a natural process that is created with a godly spark. The human was made out of dirt (Genesis), manna was created from nature and instructed by God to eat.
Florence Nightingale, born in 1820 (- 1910) in Florence, Italy. She was the second daughter of a well-off English family. Florence did not like the social scene that she and her family were involved in. When Florence was sixteen years old her life was changed. God spoke to her and told her that she had a task that He wanted her to do. Florence set up the Nightingale school of Nursing in 1860 and produced a number of books on nursing, advised on the treatment of injured soldiers. In 1910 at the age of ninety she died, having completed all that God had requested from her in this world and was present with Him in the next.
The 103-year old man, Dobri Dobrev, recently passed away (2018) has spent decades traveling 25 kilometers from his village to the city of Sofia, Bulgaria, on foot every day to beg for money. Dressed in home-made clothes and leather shoes, the humble World War veteran spent his day asking for change to donate to churches and orphanages who could not pay their bills. Dobri ddidn't keep one cent of the money he received. He himself lived on a 80 euro pension by the government.
Joan of Arc, born in France, is the patroness of soldiers and of France. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret" told Joan to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom. In May 1430, after months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would help him to become archbishop. Through her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into making a few damaging statements. When she refused to retract the assertion that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was nineteen years old
Wilhelm Finnemann, a priest born in Germany, patron saint of endurance, focused on his works of charity during the war (1942, Japan invaded the Philippines) in Manila. The war took its toll in Mindoro especially on women and children. Women especially young girls were being abused, raped and turned into "comfort women". Bishop Finnemann strongly stood against these abuses and a number of times interceded and denounced the soldiers to free young girls who were forced to become sex slaves. Along the way in the waters between Verde Island and Batangas, the Japanese soldiers bound his hands and feet, tied his body on a huge rock and dropped him overboard into the depths of the sea. With hands and feet tied and dragged down by a large rock, the bishop had no way of surviving.
Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski), born in Croatia, was a 10th-century bishop who strongly opposed the Pope and official circles of the Roman Catholic Church and introduced the Croatian language in the religious services after the Great Assembly in 926.
Until that time, services were held only in Latin, not being understandable to the majority of the population.
Not only was this important for Croatian language and culture but it also made the religion stronger within the Kingdom of Croatia.
Georges Lemaître (1894 - 1966) astronomer, physicist, catholic priest
Father of the big bang & modern cosmology
Fr Lemaître, a Belgian priest and astrophysicist, published a paper in 1927 in the Annals of the Scientific Society of Brussels that first presented the idea of an expanding cosmos. In 1931, Fr. Lemaître proposed what later became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe.
Besides showing the compatibility of faith and science, the story of Lemaître illustrates the way in which minds and cultures shaped by the belief that God is a Trinity of reason and love have proved faithful in perceiving order in the universe. Moreover, it is arguable that belief in God who is beyond creation has freed us to theorise about the causation and change of the cosmos as a whole, rather than simply accepting the totality of material reality as an eternal, unchanging given.
Patrick of Ireland, born in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.
Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies. As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him. During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer.
He wrote "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain." Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast.
Robert Boyle, founder of Boyle's Law, a major figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century.
'The Christian Virtuoso', 'Father of chemistry'(as distinct from alchemy). Insisted on experimentation for scientific proof. Boyle's law relates gas pressure to volume. A founder of the Royal Society of London, founded Boyle lectures to defend Christian faith.
"His contributions in both physics and chemistry are very great in number, and he was considered in his time to be probably the greatest physical chemist of his generaion"- Dr. Henry M. Morris
"From a knowledge of His work, we shall know Him" - Robert Boyle
Moses, solitary leader, to whom God gave the 10 Commandments. There were two sets.
The first, inscribed by God were smashed by Moses when he was enraged by the sight of the children of Israel worshipping a golden calf.
The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years until God sent Moses, as we know the result, the 10 plagues and the parting of the sea.
Moses spent 40 years wandering in the desert listening to cry babies, so that alone makes him a man of great faith and patience.
Joshua, trusting, willing, strong. Moses' right hand man, was charged by Moses with selecting and commanding a militia group for their first battle, led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan (God's command).
Joshua asked God to cause the sun and moon to stand still, so that he could finish the battle in daylight. This event is most notable because "There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel." (Joshua 10:14) God also fought for the Israelites in this battle, for he hurled huge hailstones from the sky which killed more Canaanites than those which the Israelites slaughtered.
David, fearless fighter. God testifies about David; I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. Proof, God doesn't like pussies. Cowardice is mentioned in Rev 21:8, in which the coward is condemned to hellfire along with murderers and sorcerers
This also proves protecting your own is not considered murder, since David killed Goliath.
David's elite soldiers; click here
Samson, mighty warrior, judge, his birth was announced by an angel to his mother.
God gave him immense strength and answered his last request before dying. Betrayed by his poor choice in a woman.
ARMY OF GOD
Son of God, refused each temptation made by the pathetic devil and actually took the time to make a whip to cast out materialistic turds in the temple. Prefered praying alone in the mountains.
Rejected a Canaanite woman when she asked for help because '"I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel". He eventually did help, but wanted to make it clear that the Israelites are Gods chosen people.
He shows off his sword in Revelation 2, and said in Matt 10:34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword (sword= truth)
Jesus is not God himself of course, therefore he does not know himself when the end of times will be.
"However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself"
> Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. Jesus is the lion AND the lamb.
Jesus sacrificed his life for yours.
Love, sacrifice,.. these are warrior virtues.
Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, holy archangel, heavenly army leader, the leader of the angel forces of heaven against the powers of hell. Leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan.
Michael ("Who is as God") ranks as the highest of the host. He is the leader of the celestial armies and is the angel who fought Satan during the War and enchained the rebel leader. He is considered to be of the class of seraphim, and yet is also head of other ranks within the hierarchy: the ruler of the archangels leader of the virtues, and head of the principalities in his role as protector of Israel. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses, and has also appeared in the book of Daniel, where God states him as being the highest within the angelic ranks. Although other angels have been attributed with the title of Angel of Death, it is Michael who weighs the souls on judgment day, after his battle once more with the forces of evil. He is mentioned as both an angel of destruction and vengeance in the name of God, but also as a protector and the angel who kept Satan from claiming the body of Moses after the patriarch's death.
There are some strange notions regarding the Angels. One such notion is that when we die we become an angel and do good for others. It contradicts the Biblical understanding of the Angelic which informs us that we will "Judge the Angels."
The angelic has become very popular in recent years with the advent of the New Age (resurrection Sumeria) Movement. Its adherents often use Christian terminology such as "Guardian Angels" to describe consultation with the dead or evil spirits (<'ghosts'; demons).
The angels whom the Bible calls "Ministering Spirits" (Heb.1:14) have many varying different roles and functions to assist the Christians here on the earth. Not only do they minister to God before the Throne day and night but they also convey God's messages to His people. Some have specific roles and are created to perform specific tasks such as the Guardian Angels of countries, territories and individuals. The Bible only mentions the names of four angels from the countless millions that have been created. They are Gabriel, whose name means, "God is Mighty", Michael, whose name means, "Like God", Raphael, whose name means, "God Heals", and Lucifer, whose name means, "Light Bearer". All of them were created good! It was Lucifer who rebelled against God and who through pride, coveted the Throne of God and the worship that belonged to God alone. This resulted in a mighty war in Heaven.
More on ministering spirits
Angels were happy when the foundations of the earth were laid Job 38:7
Recognize the angel from the demon 1 John 4:1-6
GABRIEL - God's chief messenger angel and only appears to very important people (Mary in Luke 1:26-38, John the Baptist in Luke 1:11-20, Daniel in Daniel 8:15, 9:21, Zacharias in Luke 1:11-20) in the Bible. He is not called an archangel in the Bible but is considered as one because of his important messages.
RAPHAEL - (Tobit 12:15-16) is one of the seven holy angels who sit next to Gods throne. Although these seven are nearby God, they too are not called archangels.
MICHAEL - ('Who is like God') is the only angel referred to as an Archangel in Jude 1:9. In Daniel 10:13 Michael is called 'one of the chief princes'. This indicates that there are more 'chief princes'. In Daniel 10:21 however, we see that none are like Michael ('Who is like God'). Archangel Michael will battle Satan (1 Thessalonians 4:1, Revelations 12:7) and help our people (Daniel 12:1).
There are various types of angels, such as Cherubim's (Genesis 3:24, 2 Kings 19:15, Psalms 99:1, 103:21, 80:2, Exodus 25:19-22) who guarded the tree of life in the garden of Eden with flaming swords and the Seraphim's (Isaiah 6:2) described with six wings. Gods angels are often identified with 'eyes of fire' (Revelation 19:12, Daniel 10:6). As we can see in Revelations 4:4-11 there are many more angels in the nearby presence of God, who might, or might not, have been mentioned by name in the Bible;
'And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created'.
Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Ezekiel 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel).