Friday, 24 April 2015
Praying to Saints and the Humanity of Christ
A common Protestant objection to prayers to saints argues that it is impossible for Mary and other saints to hear and respond to countless prayers from all over the world. The argument goes like this:
1. Millions of people pray to Saint X in a single hour.
2. It is impossible for an human mind to respond to millions of prayers in a single hour.
3. Therefore prayer to saints is a futile activity.
However, I would offer a counter-argument.
1. Jesus has an human mind.
2. Jesus responds to millions of prayers in a single hour.
3. Therefore a human mind can respond to millions of prayers in a single hour.
Now I expect the Protestant would laugh off this objection with the simple response that Jesus is God and therefore able to answer prayers. However, by offering such a response, she would be falling into the classic theological trap of Nestorianism, the division of Christ's humanity from His deity.
To say that Christ only knows us and intercedes for us in His deity is to divide and deny the God-Man. His humanity and His deity are united in purpose and activity. If Christ's humanity is able to know all of His people. then it is able to hear and answer their prayers.
I would therefore suggest that a human mind that is deified through participation in the glory of God is able to comprehend all the prayers that she receives and to bring the before the throne of God.