For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. I Timothy 2:5 (not the saints)
And you are purposefully twisting Matthew 22:32 to meet your agenda. They are dead in their body and their spirits are moved to Heaven or Hades. Talking to the dead is witchcraft.
That is why Saul got in serious trouble with God when he tried to call up Samuel.
As for Tolkien, I can pick whatever name I want as long as it's not taken by anyone else. If it's so important to you, why didn't you take it when you had the chance? I like him for his authorship, not his religion.
Where? It says "necromancy," not "talking to the dead for any purpose".
Was Jesus sinning at the Transfiguration?
And you are purposefully twisting Matthew 22:32 to meet your agenda.
And you're ignoring it to meet yours.
BTW, Saul clearly wanted his fortune told. He was also going through a witch.
Neither issue applies to Catholics asking for the prayers of the saints.
And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
"Have you not read what was said to you by God: 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living." And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching." (Matthew 22:31-33)
I think the problem here is that you are looking at those who have passed away in a natural or fleshly way, as if they were dead; whereas as Christ has plainly shown us, they are living.
Do you doubt that they are alive in Christ? Do you doubt that we are alive in Christ? And if they and we are alive in Him, can't we not pray together in Him as one living body, in the living Christ?
In fact, this is the key to all of it:
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Talking to the dead is doing what Christ did. Is He a witch?
The practice of conjuring up spirits, and asking a servant of God to pray for you is quite different and this should be obvious to most people. Let me ask you a question. Do you think Jesus is an abomination to the Lord? Jesus conversed with the Dead. No I dont mean instances when he raised Jairusdaughter from the dead by saying, little girl arise.(Mark 5:41) or when he raised his friend Lazarus from the dead by shouting Lazarus come forth (John 11:44). Im talking about the time He chatted with Moses and Elias at the Transfiguration.
And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
Elias is the Greek form of the name Elijah that translators used in the KJV of the New Testament if you arent sure who Elias is. The KJV of the Bible is the only version that uses Elias all others use Elijah. Now we know that according to Scripture Elijah was carried away in a fiery chariot. There is no evidence in scripture that tells us he died so we wont even discuss him. But Scripture not only tells us that Moses died but we are even told his age at his death.
"The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision."
A Saint or Angel is dead?
The Saints and Angels are not dead.