499 The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man. In fact, Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it.” And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the “Ever-virgin
The Bible on the other hand says in Matthew 1:25 – And [u:1ome5qw5](Joseph) knew her not till [/u:1ome5qw5]she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (KJV)
Matthew 12:46-50 talks about Jesus’ brethren, (And don’t give me the part about them being His cousins, read the Scripture itself)
John 7:5 – For neither did his brethren believe in him.
Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
There are more verses that I could include but I’ll move on to praying to saints –
CCC-2635 Since Abraham, intercession – asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm.
Yet the Bible tells us in Isaiah 8:19 – And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter:[u:1ome5qw5] should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? (KJV)[/u:1ome5qw5]
1 Tim 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (KJV)
and that the Saints Paul refered to were actually living people (at the beginning of his letters, Romans 1:7, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1 etc.,
Or what about Salvation?
CCC – 2009 Filial adoption, in making us partakers by grace in the divine nature, can bestow true merit on us as a result of God’s gratuitous justice. This is our right by grace, the full right of love, making us “co-heirs” with Christ and worthy of obtaining “the promised inheritance of eternal life.” The merits of our good works are gifts of the divine goodness. “Grace has gone before us; now we are given what is due. . . . Our merits are God’s gifts.”
Our Works merit us???
The Bible says “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6
Ephesians 2:8+9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” Yes I know about James and I agree – Faith without works is dead, Faith in Christ should have many works as a [u:1ome5qw5]result of [/u:1ome5qw5]not the [u:1ome5qw5]means to [/u:1ome5qw5]Salvation, Just as Ephesians 2:8+9 is followed up by verse 10 – [u:1ome5qw5]For we are his workmanship[/u:1ome5qw5], created in Christ Jesus [u:1ome5qw5][b:1ome5qw5]unto good works[/b:1ome5qw5][/u:1ome5qw5], which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV)
There are so many other places as well – look at my website to get it black on white – http://www.freewebs.com/gospellightmin/