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Are saints mentioned in the bible?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:58 PM on Jun. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I believe the concept saints, or saints themselves, were after the Bible was written - unless you count the Apostles... But one isn't considered a saint until after their death (its a huge entailed process), so when the Bible was written they hadn't died yet to become saints, if that makes sense.
    So, no, I don't think it mentions saints in the Bible, not by the word saint. It talks about certain people who later were canonized as saints, but doesn't refer to them as saints.
    Hope that makes sense!

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • I wonder if saints would be considered "false idols"....not that I'm bashing catholics. I was raised catholic am now pagan. But since this question is raised(which its a good one) I wonder if, since technically they aren't mentioned in the bible anywhere) if they would be considered false idols.(not false gods) Although they are prayed to, as God is also, so now that i said this, I wonder if they would be considered false gods as well???

    Just a thought. No bashing here.

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 5:58 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Actually saints are mentioned alot in the Bible.

    Acts 9:13,32,41; 26:10; 1 Cor. 6:1-2; 14:33; 2 Cor. 1:1; 8:4; 9:1-2; 13:13; Rom. 8:27; 12:23; 15:25,26, 31; 16:2,15; Eph. 1:1,15,18; 3:8; 5:3; 6:18; Phil. 1:1; 4:22; Col 1:2,4,26; 1 Tm 5:10; Philemon 1:5,7; Heb. 6:10; 13:24; Jude 1:3; Rev. 11:18; 13:7; 14:12; 16:6; 17:6;18:20,24; Rev 19:8; 20:9 are all verses where we see that Christians still living on earth are called "saints."

    Matt. 27:52; Eph. 2:19; 3:18; Col. 1:12; 2 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 5:8; 8:3-4; 11:18; 13:10 are verses where we also see that "saints" also refer to those in heaven who united with us.

    In Dan. 4:13,23; 8:23 angels in heaven are also called “saints.” The same Hebrew word “qaddiysh” (holy one) is applied to both humans and angels in heaven. Hence, there are angel saints in heaven and human saints in heaven and on earth.

    Answer by eringobrough at 5:59 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • FYI-Catholics are not the only ones that believe in saints :-)

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • The idea of the "Communion of saints" which Catholics and some Protestant faiths believe is the idea that those in heaven are still Christians and part of the one Body of Christ, part of God's one family.

    For Catholics anyone in heaven is a saint - the Catholic Church doesn't make them saints God does when He brings them to heaven. Now there are some people who receive the title "Saint" by the Church because the Church has investigated and feels there is enough evidence to indicate that the individual is in heaven.

    So saints in heaven are just extended family of the saints here on earth.

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:02 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • CinderAmethyst, there are some Christians who do think saints are false idols (or even false gods) and that is why they bash the Catholic Church. However eringobrough explained it very well (as always).

    I too am a former Catholic, but there are a lot of things that I still like about the Catholic teachings. The saints are one of those things. And as anon said, Catholics aren't the only ones who believe in saints.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 6:51 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • erin said it well, in the scriptures it was a word used to describe practicing Christians.

    Answer by mogencreative at 6:54 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Thanks for explaining. I didn't even think other faiths except maybe orthodox or maybe lutherans may believe in saints. I'm not a religious expert, even on my own spiritual path I learn something new once in a while. So I'm glad noone took offense to my question and that you answered it. :)

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 10:11 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

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