A church window which shows veneration of saint which is against the Bible

Is veneration of saints biblical? Is it allowed to worship Mary?

Is veneration of saints biblical? Is it allowed to worship Mary?

The Catholic Church doesn’t only worship Jesus as God, but also his Mother. Catholics justify this behavior by saying that Mary was sinless and gave birth to Jesus. Neither the Bible nor any other scripture says that Mary was without sin. Furthermore, the Bible even forbids us to worship anyone else than God. “Holy Mother of God” is a title that couldn’t be more unbiblical and against God.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. (Genesis 20:3-5)

If you want to know why Mary cannot be the Mother of God click here: Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?

God rewards loyalty

In the book of Daniel we get a good impression of how serious we should take God’s commandments. The miracle that saved the men from being burned in the fire confirmed that their faithfulness to God and His commandments was greatly acknowledged by God. They refused to worship the statue of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and were therefore rewarded with a miracle of God and their lives.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. (Daniel 3:17-18)

The veneration of saints of the Catholic Church is a remnant of pagan traditions

The custom of worshipping saints exists already since the beginning of the Catholic Church. When Christianity became the official religion of Rome, the Romans already had their own religion in which they worshipped the sun, the moon and the stars as deities. For many Romans it was too inconvenient to change their belief from many Gods to only one single God. This would have been a big change to their old established tradition. That is why they decided to declare persons of the Gospel like Mary as divine and to replace their deities with them.

The Catholic Church has not stopped to worship saints ever since. Hundreds of people have been declared as saints over the centuries. But not necessarily because of their deeds. It was also possible to be declared a saint if you paid enough money to the Church. Meanwhile the number of saints and blesseds has already gone beyond 6000.

Catholics ask Mary for intercession, even though the Bible doesn’t mention this in any way. But also titles such as “Holy Father” are considered a sin, especially since there is no biblical evidence of the papacy. Read here

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9)

We shall worship no one but God

 The worship of saints is against everything God wants from His children. The veneration of saints is merely a remnant of pagan traditions. The Babylonians also worshipped several gods. Like for example their main god Baal, who is mentioned again many times in the Bible as a synonym for the apostasy from God.

The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. (Jeremiah 2:8)

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. (Genesis 20:3-5)

From the beginning God has commanded His children to worship no other Gods beside Him. Even after thousands of years, people still don’t understand: worshipping saints won’t save anyone. To worship the dead won’t redeem their souls. No one but God can truly change their lives.

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