Of course I am. When someone prays to God, seeking His will, one should not "feel" Mary, or smell her presence. That's taking the focus off of God, and putting it on something else.RickD wrote:
Asking someone in the room to pray for her is not necessarily taking the focus off of God.
Then you're not being consistent.
If a person was praying for someone in a room, and that person took the focus off of God, I'd point that out too. Just like a time I was at a church in Massachusetts when the pastor was praying. A lady started "moaning in the spirit" or whatever she wanted to call it. That took the focus off of the pastor's prayer to God. It was wrong.
Ah, the extra books that Catholics view as scripture. Yes you're right. I'm afraid I believe in the authority of those books, about as much as I believe in the authority of the CC.RickD wrote:
Prove me wrong. Show me anywhere that scripture says we should pray to anyone but God. Or show me a scriptural basis for praying to dead people, to ask them to intercede.
I would but then the argument shifts to what is considered scripture.
I don't "need" anyone else's prayer. But again, asking people to pray for one another is biblical. Asking dead people to pray for us is not.RickD wrote:
Hebrews 7:25 tells me that Christ always lives to make intercession for us. If I have Christ always interceding for me, why on earth would I need Mary?
Why on earth would you need anyone else's prayer? Again, it's a matter of consistency.
Emotional? No. It's quite logical, I assure you.RickD wrote:
Visions of Mary are all demonic deception, or imaginations in the mind. Period.
That's your (emotional) opinion, nothing more
Look. When storyteller brings up these issues, I'm going to tell her how I feel. Some people aren't going to like it. But I have to be honest to her. If I think her "feeling" Mary, is probably in her mind because she wants to feel her, then I'm going to say that.
Then storyteller can take in all the opinions here, along with her own studying, and come to her own conclusion.
I've gone beyond the point of arguing against Catholicism for the sake of arguing. But if someone is searching for the truth on Catholicism, and she's open to see it, then I'm going to help. If it's offensive to some, then so be it.