Q. Did Christ or the Apostles:Teach us to talk to Mary or to other people to pray for us after there bodies had experienced the first death?
BFHU:Where did He say it is forbidden?
Q. Also please don’t pray to angels, they are servants of God, messengers, they are not your mediator to God, and neither are people.
BFHU:We don’t pray TO Angels. We pray, asking for their intercessory prayer. Ditto for the Saints in Heaven.
Q. Read Hebrews. Did Christ or the Apostles:Teach us about a place (purgatory) where we go when we die that we can be liberated from if we died in unbelief or deserving condemnation?
BFHU:We don’t believe that Purgatory is for unbelievers or those who are condemned. We do believe that unbelievers who, through no fault of their own were not Christian, can be saved through God’s mercy. We are judged based on what we knew and how we responded to that knowledge. No one will go to Hell because they were ignorant of Christ. ie. babies who die at birth, or through abortion, the Indians on the North American Continent before the advent of Christianity, or those before the death of Jesus. All of these will be judged by God based on what they knew and how they responded to God.
Q. There are 2 types of people who die. 1)Saved in Christ, 2)dead apart from Christ. The saved will rise at His coming to life, the dead will rise to be judged after the 1000 year reign, their works will not save them and they will be cast into the lake of fire. Read the entire New Testament
BFHU:There are two types of people….but not as defined above. Those who go to Purgatory will have been judged to be worthy of Heaven once they are purified in Purgatory. The others will be lost to Hell.
Q. Did Christ or the Apostles: Teach us to set up a system of priests to which we must confess to for forgiveness of sin? Ok, so yes it’s Ok to share sin with our brother, it’s good to open ourselves up like that, but a lot of people think that you have to tell the priest or it doesn’t count. Christ is our High Priest. Read Hebrews.
BFHU:Where is Scripture does it say what you assert? In the OT there were ministerial priests as well as the priesthood of all the believers. So also in the Church. So, having a ministerial priesthood is God’s idea.
Jesus certainly did set up confession in
Jn 20:19-2319On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Here we see Jesus annointed ONLY the disciples, the first priests and bishops of the Christian Church, with a special dispensation of the Holy Spirit. He gave them authority to forgive or not… sin. The only way to do this would be if they heard confession audibly. And we know historically that this was done since the earliest era of the Church.