Okay Mr LARoberts, Here is the why answers to the first two questions.
You began with
[quote:p34hqhhn]Ronnie, you continue to threaten to enlighten us with your fabrications, but all we see is derogatory statements, and no “edgemication”. In the past you stated that there where two biblically acceptable reasons for divorce, but never told us what they where.
The two biblically acceptable reasons for divorce.
1 (1 Corinthians 7:15) – But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
When an unbeliever leaves a believer – the believer is not bound to the marriage as when my wife served papers on me, there was no changing her mind unless I turned my back on Christ (THAT is what it says – right?)
2 – (Matthew 19:9) – And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery
In cases of unfaithfulness of the partner – she or he sleeps with another – then that person is no longer bound to the marriage.
In both examples, that individual’s marriage bond has been broken and as 1 Coriinthians 7:39 shows – 39 A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.- if the bond is legally broken, then they are legally acceptable to remarry but only to another believer.
[quote:p34hqhhn]You tell us that emploring the saints to interceed for and with us before the throne of God is wrong. Are they no longer members of the Church? Or are you SDA or a similar semi-chrisitan sect member, and believe that they are “asleep” until the end of the world. If you are versed in the teachings of THE Church, then you know the position of veneration of the Saints vs the Worship of God. (Is your mother alive, have you ever visited the grave of your brother, did you leave flowers there, if so I accuse you of leaving a votive offering and worshiping him. Do you keep pictures of them? If so you are guilty of Idolotry as in the strict sense of your interpretation of the Bible, any image of anything in heaven or on earth is idolotry.) [/quote:p34hqhhn][/quote:p34hqhhn][/quote:p34hqhhn]
Answers to item #2 – prayers to anyone but God
Exodus 20:4,5 – “You shall not make for yourself a carved image any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God
Deuteronomy 4:16 lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female, 23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. 24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
It continues to verses – 35 + 39 – 35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him 39 Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.
There are more Scripture verses similar to these that say the same!
Even into Revelation 19:10 (John knew not to worship any other, fell down in homage and ) 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!
Again in Rev. 22:8 – Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
In both cases, John felt that paying homage and humbleness before a something as an Angel was not out of line but in both cases, he was told to Worship God. Isaiah 8:19 – And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? Concerns mediums and wizards but also shows the principle of God in the last part.
Now in the New Testament, Hebrews 4:16 tells us, ” Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” this referring to the throne of God. After God did away with the Old Testament go-between, the High priest who use to go behind the curtain once a year to intercede for the rest, God wants us now to approach Him directly. [Matthew 27:51- Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,] No where does the Bible call for an intercessionary prayer by or for those of whom past away into the next life. In fact 2 Timothy 3:5 says – one mediator – Jesus! Yes I know that those in Heaven are “alive with Christ” but they are dead to us, you cannot ignore this fact. There is no Scriptures that even hint otherwise. The fact that Judas Macabees may have prayed to or for the dead is a historical fact and not a precedented establishing of doctrine.
Thus one can see that no prayer should go to any one but Jesus Christ, part of the triune God.!
These are just the first two subjects on your list, more later.