@CamKufner Hey God bless you sir.
I was born and raised Catholic 24 years, and have left a few years ago. Please keep in mind some HUGE assumptions that go along with believing that saints are answering prayers. Many people have listed already some basic bible facts that remind us, that there are zero instances of people or any apostles praying to the deceased (Rich man and Lazarus is a parable), and the fact that necromancy is strictly forbidden. You have to ASSUME that 1. the person you are praying to, is ACTUALLY in heaven. That would make you, your own God, in judging someone’s eternity for them. 2. That any supernatural response has to be from the one, true, Triune God. Maybe we can get more in-depth in the next thread about whether or not there should be “communication” between the earthly and the heavenly saints. I just want to show that supernatural power, signs and wonders can be carried out by Satan and his demons.
**Please remember, Catholics have religious dogmas and traditions that create their view of the bible, just like Jehova’s Witness’, Mormons, etc. We need to study the bible in the spirit of truth, and allow the word of God to shape our beliefs. We cannot first have beliefs, and make the bible fit those beliefs. They get the idea of prayer to/for dead from a non-inspired source called 2 Macabees. **
Jannes and Jambres were Pharaoh’s sorcerers that were capable of imitating Aaron and Moses’ sign. Exodus 7:10-11 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
A sorcerer in the book of Acts, who followed Paul and Silas, who actually “proclaimed” truths about them, was capable of fortune-telling and creating wealth. Remember not everyone who claims to be from God, even with signs, is of God. Acts 16:16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Remember Lucifer is called the “god of this world”-2 Cor 4:4, and we are told time and time again that he and his workers are capable of super natural signs and wonders.
Revelation 16: 13-14 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing SIGNS, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
2 Thes 2: 8-9 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all POWER and SIGNS and LYING WONDERS.
Satan himself, in tempting Christ, was capable to transporting himself and Christ, to different places, and offering Jesus land and power. Matthew 4:8-11 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
2 Cor 11:14, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Lucifer is the father of lies, and a master of the craft of deception. He of course, is going to pretend to be a bringer of light. (That is what Lucifer means) If we were praying to a demonic entity, should we expect a being from the kingdom of lies, to tell us so?
Remember, our foundation of unwavering truth is the bible, so all things must not contradict the bible. We can easily examine a real-life example of an apparition most of us have heard of, and see if it stand with, or against, the Word of God. First, establish the Gospel of Christ. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to everyone that BELIEVES; to the Jew first, then the Gentile. The “Good news”, the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is that we have been salvaged, our souls have been SAVED from the wrath of God, from God’s judgement, by our FAITH in Him.
Mary of Fatima, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To SAVE them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
So the “Mary” of Fatima, says that she has a new good news, that if we devote ourselves to her, many souls will be saved. She even backed it up with signs in the sky seen by thousands of people! What does the bible tell us to make of such an appearance?
Galatians 1:8, But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Even if an angel of heaven, preaches another gospel, another good news, another means of saving your soul… let him be accursed. Whatever apparition it was that was posing as the mother of Jesus in Fatima, will be eternally damned.
The point is, I believe your boss is getting his prayers answered, it’s just not by God.