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What is it that makes very intelligent people – both the leaders who have numerous degrees and the people who are not stupid either – believe such utter nonsense?
The Leader-Post (our local daily paper) ran an intem from the RNS (Religious News Service) on Saturday July 12th, 2008… “Damien cleared for sainthood”. Dateline Vatican City.
It seems that the patron saint of those with HIV/AIDS is on the verge of being canonized. Originally Father Damien de Veuster was a Belgian priest in the Roman Catholic structure. I have heard of him as he spent 15 years caring for the lepers on the island of Molokai, Hawaii until he died of the disease himself in 1889. He was quite the follower of Jesus Christ. A wonderful man and a “saint” in the Bible use of that term – as one who believes in and follows the Lord Jesus Christ.
On July 3rd the current pope – Benedict XVI – authorized a decree attributing a second miracle to his intercession. Pope John Paul II had already started this process towards canonization when, in 1995, he declared Damien “Blessed” after recognizing the first miracle.
It seems that a French nun had prayed to the late priest only a few years after his death. She prayed for healing and Father Damien apparently answered her prayer and she was healed.
The second decree in early July of this year was issued because now there is a second miracle declared by the Vatican to be the result of this dead priest’s intervention. A woman in Hawaii with lung cancer had prayed to this priest – who died remember in 1889 – and was healed of lung cancer. The case was actually written up in 2000 in the Hawaii Medical Journal and is now recognized as the second miracle and thus the second signpost on the way to sainthood for this faithful priest.
All that is left now is for the current Pope – Benedict XVI – to write a “papal bull” calling for his veneration as a saint. Apparently this is in the works. And, you will be glad (or sad depending on what you believe) to hear that this priest is already the patron saint of Hawaii and that statues of this dead priest stand in both the U.S. Capitol in Washington as well as the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.
What a bunch of bull -and I don’t mean papal bull either. How do well educated leaders with masters and doctorate degrees actually believe this stuff? And, how are so many well-intentioned and faithful people so deceived by this stuff?
Why are we praying to dead priests? Whatever happened to Jesus who is forever making intercession on our behalf (Book of Hebrews)? I thought Jesus is the One and only Mediator between God and man (the Book of Hebrews)? I understood that He is our Great High Priest (again, the Book of Hebrews) and our Great Shepherd (1 Peter) and thus we don’t need to be praying to some dead priest as Jesus cares for us as a Shepherd does? I thought Jesus told us to pray to the Father in His Name (the 4 Gospels)?
And, I thought the book of Hebrews states that it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment? Thus, dare I say it – Damien died, was judged, and is either in Heaven or Hell and is no longer available (nor was he ever available) to answer your prayers. Not his job! He is not God.
It is time for the real Church to stand up and proclaim the truth as found in Scripture. But then, the question remains, who or what is the real Church? Afterall, Charismatics speak with and even receive revelation from dead saints who appear to them in visions, dreams and in the flesh … so even this branch of the Church speaks to (“prays to”) dead saints under the teaching called “The Cloud of Witnesses”. So, that branch of the born again Church is no better than our Roman Catholic friends.
Where is the real Church of Jesus Christ that actually believes the Bible and believes in and stands for the truth as once delivered to the saints (Jude 3)?
Would the real Church please stand up! And do so soon! Many are being seriously deceived and the Truth needs to be spoken – quickly and loudly.