the Purpose of Relics?
A Biblical Case for Relics?
Are Bones Depressing ?
Relics are Not Magic
What is the Purpose of
Relics cannot cause miracles to happen.
Not even Saints perform miracles. Only God can perform a miracle.
And He chooses to do them in answer to the prayers of the Saints. See
A Bible study on relics is a good way to see the
manifest power of God and the value of sacramentals. On the one
hand, there are Muslims who have an unholy zeal to destroy all statues
and relics. Even some Protestants follow their example.
While they begin with two important truths that God is the source of all
that is good and only He is to be adored, they fail to see just how
powerful God is. They create a false separation between God and
His created world because they fail to see how He works through it.
See links below on Islam.
God works through relics to inspire us to holy
faith. They remind us of the Saints whose example we are called to imitate.
Corinthians 11:1 God also give us grace through them.
“God doesn’t need relics” is the
heard from those who do not value them. But if we reject all that God
does not need we would reject Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. God is
God. He does not NEED anything. He could have saved us in other ways if
He wanted to. Jesus could have written the Bible Himself while on
earth, or He could
have handed it down directly from heaven to each of us.
God blesses us with relics not because He needed
to do so, but because we need them. Devotion to the Saints leads
greater response to God’s love when we do so voluntarily rather than out
A Biblical Case for
“As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. … 6 When he had
said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and
smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of
Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to
If Jesus had desired He could have just
instantly cured the man without the clay or water. However, we see Jesus choosing to work through
physical things, not because He needed to, but apparently because we
need for Him to do so.
“And a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years,
who (had spent her whole livelihood on doctors and) was unable to be
cured by anyone, came up behind him and touched
the tassel on his cloak. Immediately her bleeding stopped.
Jesus then asked, “Who touched me?” While all were denying it, Peter
said, “Master, the crowds are pushing and pressing in upon you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone has touched me; for I
know that power has gone out from me.” When the woman
realized that she had not escaped notice, she came forward trembling.
Falling down before him, she explained in the presence of all the people
why she had touched him and how she had been healed immediately.”
“Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a
raiding band. So they cast the dead man into the grave of Elisha, and
everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.”
Out of respect for the dead we usually would
never dig up a grave. However, the Saint is now in heaven.
And, out of an even greater respect for the dead, who is now alive in
Christ in heaven, we consider it a privilege to have relic from that
“So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the
hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were
applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came
out of them.”
God chooses to work miraculous deeds through the
objects associated with the Saints.
“When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar
the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they
bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice,
will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge
our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?’ ”
Above we see the Saints in heaven aware and
concerned about what is happening here on earth in this life.
“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold
censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with
the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the
throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy
ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.”
The Saints in heaven intercede on our behalf.
“The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.”
And because of these truth above the Church has always
esteemed the value of having relics of the saints placed in our altars.
Relics are Not Magic
Magic vs. Sacramentals
Are sacramentals such as holy relics like magic
NO! They are the opposite of magic.
In magic you have a supernatural object such as
magic wand, lucky charm, or a genie in a magical lamp. They are used
to bring about a change in the natural realm, e.g. to turn something
into gold, etc.
With sacramentals we have a
natural object such
as a holy relic, holy water, etc. and by faith in God and by His
application of grace a change is brought about not in the natural realm,
but in the supernatural realm.
Through them God brings about a supernatural blessing that cannot be
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Father/son, or Master/slave relationship
Directly to God.”