Relics of Saints, Use of Incense, Heresies, Necessity of Good Works, Honoring theBlessed Virgin Mary, Honoring Angels and Saints
RELICS OF SAINTS
The Bible teaches that it is proper and beneficial to venerate the relics of sacredpersonages or things.
2 Kings 2:8, 14 - The mantle of Elija.
Exodus 7:10 - The rod of Aaron.
Matt. 9:20, 21; Also Matt. 14:36 - The hem of our Lord's garment.
Acts 19:12 - So that from his body were brought unto the sick, handkerchiefs oraprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirit went out of them.
Acts 5:15, 16 - Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laidthem on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by mightovershadow some of them.
Comment: Hence while the Catholic Church forbids her children to pray to relics ofChrist and the Saints, or to act towards them as if they had any power in themselves: sherightly teaches us to honor these relics for what they represent.
USE OF INCENSE
The Bible teaches that incense symbolizing prayer can be used in churches when offeringpraise and worship to God.
Rev. 8:3 - And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer;and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of allsaints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Psalm 141:2 - Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting upof my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Comment: Hence Catholic ceremonies, the use of incense, etc., all have Scripturalbasis.
The Bible teaches that those who reject willingly the true faith are to be classified withheretics and lost souls.
Titus 3:10 - A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject.
Gal. 1:8 - But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel untoyou than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal. 1:9 - As we said before, so say I now again; if any man preach any othergospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Rom. 16:17 - Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions andoffences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them.
2 John 1:10 - If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine receive himnot into your house, neither bid him God speed.
Comment: Therefore according to the Bible, one religion is not as good as the other.It is the true religion that God demands of men and which men are bound to practice ifthey but know it. Hence the folly of saying: "It makes no difference what you believe."
NECESSITY OF GOOD WORKS
The Bible teaches that both faith and good works are necessary for salvation.
James 2:22 to 26 - Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by workswas faith made perfect, etc., so also faith without works is dead.
I Cor. 13:1 to 3 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels . . . andthough I have all faith so that I could remove mountains . . . and have not charity, itprofiteth me nothing.
Matt. 7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into thekingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mark 16:16 - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believethnot shall be damned.
Comment: Hence the futility of saying, "I am a Christian, I am a Catholic," unlessone earnestly strives to serve God.
The Bible teaches that God made Mary the earthly mother of the Second Person of theBlessed Trinity.
Read Luke 1:26-35.
Comment: Since God honored Mary more than other angelic or human beings, arewe not allowed, even obliged, to do the same?
The Bible teaches that true Christians of every age must specially honor Mary.
Luke 1:48 - For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Comment: But where outside of the Catholic Church is this precept, this prophecyfulfilled?
HONORING ANGELS & SAINTS
The Bible teaches that the citizens of heaven take an active interest and (within limitations)intervene in the affairs of men.
Eph. 2:19 - Now therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners butfellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
Acts 12:7 - And behold the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined inthe prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly,and his chains fell off from his hands.
Heb. 1:14 - Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them whoshall be heirs of salvation?
Luke 15:10 - Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of (before) theangels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Comment: Hence the Catholic Church is most consistent in enumerating angelsamong men's protectors, patrons, well-wishers. The same may be said of God's Saints inheaven.