Pope John Paul 2 and Pope John XXIII are viewed today, April 27 2014, by the Catholic church as newly minted saints. This goes against God’s mandate. Which is to pray only to Him. To ask Him for anything but not to ask others (angels/deceased) for help, petition or even offer gifts (roses, flowers, cards).
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.~Leviticus 26:1
What do the Moroccan Jews, Roman Catholics and have in common? Veneration of Saints.
What does heaven bound saints and angels have in common? People like to pray to them, or talk to them like family. They view them as if you were going to your family member to ask for help. This is their way of reasoning it out.
Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.~Jeremiah 10:14
Petitions to saints such as prayers like these, see: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?s=73 are not biblical. The Jews didn’t pray to Enoch, the Jews didn’t pray to Elijah, or ask them to pray for their needs. Even those two individual went to heaven in body! The devout Jews prayed to Jehovah God. Whose name is Yahweh. Christians may pray to Jesus Christ because He is God, image of the Father in Heaven. This is why Christian pray to Son of God. NOT because he is a saint or a even a messiah but because He is proven as God.
If you find yourself praying more to saints and angels and less to God himself…then you are worshipping. Remember, God is a Jealous God and wants you for Himself. He shared His Word with you so that you can ‘hear Him’ and He want to ‘hear your prayers’ To Him not via a mediator, servant, saint or angel. He is zealous for you!
Cast out medals, cast out images, prayer cards, cast out all things “saint”. These items are an abomination to the Lord God. Turn your heart completely to Jesus Christ alone. He alone, can meet your need. He is faithful to hear your prayers, petitions and cries. He sent the Holy Spirit to comfort you.
Jesus Christ became the high priest and died once because he was the perfect paschal lamb without blemish and without sin. There is no more need to offer himself once again either on the cross, on the altar, nor in the Mass, or Eucharist.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
God Almighty is a God of One. Being he is the Only God and with that He is passionate for our allegiance to Him. He also, knows how dangerous it is for us to pay special attentions to others. As these others are not of Him, nor his family. Angels and saints always point to him. Never to themselves or demand anything for themselves. Also, whatever they say must line up with the Word of the Lord, meaning The Torah and the New Testaments.
1. Exodus 34:14
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Exodus 34:13-15 (in Context)
2. Deuteronomy 4:24
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:23-25 (in Context)
3. Deuteronomy 6:15*
(For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 6:14-16 (in Context)
This is scripture story depicting the frustrations of a man who should have been king but was refused by the people, he then built two cities and thought the people would come, and then he tempted them saying these two calves I’ve made, are the gods who brought you out of Egypt. He thought he could gain their allegiance by strong arming them in their faith and their history. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%2012&version=KJV
A Catholic Peruvian woman comes to know Jesus as her personal Savior. http://www.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=43962&PN=1
*More Scriptural Proofs:
4. Deuteronomy 32:21
They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
Deuteronomy 32:20-22 (in Context)
5. Joshua 24:19
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Joshua 24:18-20 (in Context)
6. 1 Kings 19:10
And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1 Kings 19:9-11 (in Context)
7. 1 Kings 19:14
And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1 Kings 19:13-15 (in Context)
8. Ezekiel 36:6
Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
Ezekiel 36:5-7 (in Context)
9. Ezekiel 39:25
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
Ezekiel 39:24-26 (in Context)
10. Nahum 1:2
God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
Nahum 1:1-3 (in Context)
11. Romans 11:11
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Romans 11:10-12 (in Context)