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SAINTS PRAYERS FOR US ARE NOT REWARDED

DECLARES SAINTS WORTHLESS

Catholics pray to the saints - dead people who are presumed to be with God in Heaven. Yet St Bernard wrote, "The saints have no need of honour from us; neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs. Clearly if we venerate their memory then it serves us and not them. But I tell you, when I think of them I feel inflamed by a tremendous yearning...a longing to enjoy their company."

Salvation from sin and death and suffering in Heaven is a gift and not a reward according to the Bible and even the Roman Catholic Church. But you receive rewards there for the good you have done in life.

The Roman God does not reward good deeds done in Heaven or give all who live there the same degree of happiness (Radio Replies, Third Volume, Pages 230, 231) for he only rewards what has been done on earth not after (2 Corinthians 5:10). (See also the Catholic book, Handbook of Christian Apologetics, page 275-6). In Matthew 26, Jesus punishes the damned and rewards the just solely on the basis of what they did when they lived on earth. The saints will not gain from helping us if they pray for us.

It is impossible to imagine what the rewards the saints get in Heaven could be. Heaven is not like earth and the saints are wrapped up in God so a good book wouldnít impress them. And they can metamorphose at will so they donít need clothes. The rewards are just another lie told by the Church.

Their God is not grateful for the kindness of the saints when he wonít reward them. His generosity is limited. They praise and adore God and deserve rewards for that too. You cannot avoid the mean God doctrine by saying that the saints know nothing about us and do not think of us.

Perhaps their only reward is pleasing God? They are mental if they consider pleasing a miser to be a reward. A good God would want them to take rewards just to please him. The Handbook of Christian Apologetics says that Heaven is not a bribe to do good but is the reward of perfected love (page 267). In other words, the reward of love is making you love better and making you holier. But this is not a reward for love is sacrifice and self-forgetful in the Christian system.

Rome says God is free to reward nobody for he doesnít owe anybody anything. That is not true if we are forgiven and he has forgotten our sins and are perfected and able to do perfect good in Heaven. He sees us as worthy. If we have free will and choose Godís grace and mercy we are doing a good work in choosing that must deserve the grace and mercy we get. The work is of as much meritorious value as the grace for it chooses as much value. This is why the Calvinists who say that free will contradicts the biblical idea of grace which is a free unearned gift are correct. The Bible opposes Roman Catholic free-willism and the saint who claims to be in Heaven through choosing God is a fraud. Reason tells us that all are equally well off in Heaven even if scripture does not mention it and denies it. If the saints pray for others and honour God then they must get rewards. The biblical assertion that God rewards goodness and that he doesnít reward the saints implies that the saints donít earn the rewards. They must be zombies without free will or asleep and dreaming the whole thing in Heaven.

By the way, the religious and Bible doctrine that rewards are not a bribe to do good and such bribes are wrong shows that the heart is put before your welfare. I mean it is considered okay for God to let a kidnapper torment you for weeks and not stop him by bribing him. Is religion about making the world a nicer place at all?

If God wonít reward the saints then the saints are not really good for they submit to his will in all things. If God would reward the saints then they donít pray for anybody if the Bible is right. This still makes both God and his saints bad news. Purgatory would not be a place of purification but a place where purity of virtue is destroyed in preparation for the immorality of Heaven.

It is wrong to say that God hears the saintís prayers for sinners for the saintís sake. When he is mean to them can he be sincerely concerned about being kind to them or sinners? If he does it for the person who requested saintly intercession we have the same problem for if he were really altruistic towards that person he would not have decided to neglect that person until the saints started praying for her or him.

There is absolutely no reason why God canít reward the good done in Heaven. Christians say we would not do as much on earth if he did but earth life is only a small part of our existence anyway. It is not the main thing.

The biblical doctrine of the miser God contradicts the Roman dogma that we may pray to the saints.  A God who makes you look at a baby that isnít baptised as an outcast who needs to be brought into the Church and a baby that is baptised as a brother and sister in Christ is a miser in the extreme.

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THE WWW

The following two sites show just what a liar Mother Teresa was and her callous heart is laid bare. They show the deceit of Pope John Paul II who is eager to make a saint of her.
 
OPEN LETTER TO MOTHER TERESA, Aroup Chaterjee
http://website.lineone.net/~bajuu/chatlet.htm

MOTHER TERESA THE FINAL VERDICT Aroup Chaterjee
http://www.meteorbooks.com/index.html
This fascinating book reveals shockers such as that the pope has beatified Archbishop Stepinac of Zagreb who stood idly by as Jews and Communists were hounded to their deaths and the notorious fascist Cardinal Schuster of Milan.