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Catholic Saints: Dead But Not In Heaven

Besides the feasts observe by the Catholics for their patron Saints, they also observe the "All Saints Day" on November 1 to remember all the Saints who according to the Catholic Church doctrine, are already in heaven. And since they are already in heaven, therefore they are of great help to the living Catholics for the forgiveness of their sins and so that the blessing of God will be poured unto them. The most popular Catholic Saint whom Christians prayed for and worship, is Mary.

However, as Christian we should compare the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church about their Saints to the teaching of the Holy Bible on the true Saints. And to start with, we will ask the Bible: When man dies will he immediately go to heaven or hell or any place? The book of Psalms said:

5 Adrift among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And who are cut off from Your hand. (Psalms 88:5, NKJV)
So, the dead lies in grave. But, until when will the dead stay in grave? The Book of Job answered:
10 But man dies and is laid away;
Indeed he breathes his last
And where is he?
12 So man lies down and does not rise.
Till the heavens are no more,
They will not awake
Nor be roused from their sleep. (Job 14:10,12, ibid.)
The dead stay in grave and will not be roused from their sleep till the heavens will disappear. When will be the time of the passing away of the heavens? Apostle Peter said, that it will be on the day of the Lord:
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (II Peter 3:10, ibid.)
And we all know that the Day of The Lord is the day of judgment or the second coming of Christ.

So, how about the true Saints, according to the Bible, are they in heaven already? Well, let's take David as example because we all know that David is really a Saint or Holy, as written in the book of Psalms:
2 Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You! (Psalms 86:2, ibid.)
Even though David is a true Saint, but still he is not yet in heaven:
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.34 "For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
' The LORD said to my Lord,
" Sit at My right hand, (Acts 2:29, 34, ibid.)
The Bible clearly teaches us that David died and was buried and remain in grave until now... David never ascended to heaven.

See! The true Saints like David is till in grave and not in heaven. How much more, the Catholic Saints? And since the Catholic Saints are still in grave, lying and sleeping, so they couldn't hear the prayers of the Catholics and how could they hear the prayers of the living and how could they ever help them if they know nothing as stated in the book of Ecclesiastes:
5 For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, ibid.)
So, Catholic prayers to their Saints are useless. Catholics are just spending their time, efforts and money for their Saints who can't help them anymore.

When will the Catholics be awakened? When will they learn to follow the truth in the Bible? when will they stop doing foolishness? When will they realize that their Saints are still in grave and not yet in heaven.

About the Author:

Sustines E. Laplana (SELaplana: www.selaplana.com ) is the first Pinoy Blogger and EMarketer in Southern Leyte, Philippines who blogs on Technology, Society and Reviews/Promotions of products and owns the Cellphones For Sale blog ( cellphones-for-sale.blogspot.com ). Writing articles is his passion. And writing religious articles is his love, so that everyone will learn the truth taught by the Bible.

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