Before the summer session started I began a series on the Catholic understanding of the saints. It originated--as do most things in biblioblogdom--as a response to a post from my friend Jim West. I know it's been a while, but I haven't abandoned the topic. I've just been very, very busy over the summer. But, for better or for worse, I'm back. . .
Anyways, when we left off last time, we had identified some basic questions that needed to be addressed:
- Are the dead conscious or are they just in a state of ‘soul sleep’ until the resurrection?
- Are the dead aware of the needs of Christians on earth?
- What biblical justification is there for the idea that the dead do in fact pray for the living?
- Isn't asking the saints in heaven for their prayers a violation of the biblical prohibition against necromancy (e.g., Deut 18:10-15)?