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Mediators between God and Man

FACT:	...For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession
	for the transgressors.
- Isaiah 53:12

This part of my paper may seem very troubling at first, but I ask you to
read it with an open heart and mind.

Since childhood, (I grew up in a Roman Catholic household), I was taught it is good to pray to Mary, the saints, or even angels (like Michael), so they can ask Our Father in Heaven to pardon my sins and to help us through life.

Let us start by going through the 'Hail Mary':

Hail Mary full of grace, The Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus;
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

In one complete Rosary, the prayer above is said 53 times and the Catholic Church urges everyone to say the Rosary 3 times daily. (ie to remember the Sorrowful, Joyful, and Glorious Mysteries of Our Lord Jesus Christ).

There are also hundreds of saints and many angels that Catholics can pray to, to ask for help in some way.


FACT:	Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart, to
	utter ANYTHING before God.  God is in heaven and you are on earth,
	so let your words be few.  As a dream comes when there
	are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are 
	many words.
- Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

FACT:	Then the angel said to me, "Write, Blessed are those who are invited
	to the wedding supper of the Lamb".  And he added, "These are the 
	true words of God". 
	At this I fell at his feet to worship him.
	But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant
	with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus.
	Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
- Revelation 19:9-10

I ask, if the angel instructed John to worship God. Why do Catholics still pray to Michael and other heavenly beings, other than Our Father in Heaven in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Therfore, I put forward this question to all my brothers and sisters in Christ:
Why don't we pray to Our Father in Heaven directly in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom because of Him and only Him we are saved?

Why is it that we think it is better to go through other mediators, like Mary, angels or saints?
Our Father in Heaven loves us all. He will hear you and give you anything you request for.
He knows your heart.

FACT:	"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they
	love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners
	to be seen by men.
	I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
	But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to
	 your Father who is unseen.
	Then, when your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward 
	you.  
	And when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans, for
	they think they will be heard because of their many words.
	Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need 
	before you ask Him.
- Matthew 6:5-8

You see, Our Lord Jesus, himself, instructs us to pray to Our Father in Heaven - no one else.

FACT:	All things have been committed to Me by My Father.
	No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father 
	except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.
- Matthew 11:27

I ask you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ to pray directly to Our Father in Heaven in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ and to no one else.
Because these saints were all human beings like you and me. The reason we feel we should pray to them is that were blessed by God.
I can stand firm and say, if you repent and pray to Our Father in Heaven in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, you, will also be blessed by Him.

FACT:	I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions,
	and thanksgiving be made for everyone.  For kings and all those
	in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all 
	godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
	who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge
	of the truth.
	For there is One God and one mediator between God and Men,
	the man, Jesus Christ, who gave himself
	as a ransom for all men - revealing God's purpose at God's
	good time.
- 1 Timothy 2:1-6

So you see, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am not judging anyone by writing this, because we all at one point or another have been mislead. The Truth has always been with us, and God wants everyone on earth to live by His Word, Jew and Gentile.


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