words do have meanings:
Pray (4336) (proseuchomai from pros = toward, facing, before [emphasizing the direct approach of the one who prays in seeking God’s face] + euchomai = originally to speak out, utter aloud, express a wish, then to pray or to vow. Greek technical term for invoking a deity) in the NT is always used of prayer addressed to God (to Him as the object of faith and the One who will answer one’s prayer) and means to speak consciously (with or without vocalization) to Him, with a definite
so praying to someone is implying that person is a deity
Your argument is---"Well, the Greek word is a technical term for invoking a deity. This word in the NY is always used of a prayer addressed to God as the object of Faith....therefore praying to Saints is unbiblical."
Please provide a list or lists of all the verse or verses of Scripture that teach that the science of linguistic analysis specifically as it relates to the NT Greek determines the authoritative meaning of the text.
My point? There is nothing that I am aware in the definition of Sola Scriptura as Protestants define it that tells you what the rules are when interpreting Scripture, or what the rules are when it comes to determining the final and authoritative meaning of a text. Thus, why should I accept the premise of modern exegetical sciences that Protestants use when interpreting Scripture? Who says this is the only valid way to interpret the Scriptures? Sola Scriptura tells us only WHAT the authority is. It tells us nothing more. Thus, I fail to see why your analysis of the Greek should be binding on the Christian conscience or otherwise absolutely determinative.
Also, even IF you can show that the exegetical sciences in use today are a valid method and useful, that still does not help you. Anything gleaned from the use of the exegetical sciences amount to human testimony and human authority. In order for something to be binding on my conscience, it must be manifested by a divine authority. Protestants have the Scriptures, but they have no divinely authorized teacher of the Scriptures, which means none of their opinions as to what the Scriptures teach and mean--can bind the Christian conscience.
In the second place strictly speaking, Catholics do not "pray" to the saints in the same way they pray to God. When Catholics invoke the saints, what they are actually doing is asking their prayers, not praying "to" them like they pray to God.