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Who Is Mary?

Is Mary all the Roman Catholic Church says she is?

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Mary plays such a prominent role in the RCC, I was surprised to learn that the Bible says little about her. Certainly nothing to support the lengthly list of claims made by the RCC about Mary. Some of the claims made by the RCC about Mary simply aren’t in the Bible, others flat out contradict the Bible.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which became RCC dogma in 1854, is a holy day in the RCC. Many Catholics believe this is a celebration of Jesus being immaculately conceived, but it’s not. This RC feast day is in honor of Mary being immaculately conceived. The RCC claims Mary was born sinless and lived a sinless life all of her days.

But the Bible tells us

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Mary herself says

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”. Luke 1:46-47

The Bible says nothing about Mary being sinless, and Mary herself admitted she was a sinner in need of a savior.

THE ASSUMPTION

In 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary as RCC dogma saying

“the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”

Again I ask why is the Bible silent about such a significant event? Are we to believe that Mary, like Jesus, didn’t die, but was assumed into heaven body and soul? In the Book of Genesis 5:24 we are told about a man the Bible says even less than it does about Mary, yet tells us that God took him directly to heaven.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Hebrews 11:5

The belief that Mary was assumed into heaven didn’t surface until sometime in the fifth century. That means the apostles, their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and two or three more generations didn’t practice belief in the assumption of Mary. It took another 1500 years for the RCC to make it dogma. Even the “tradition” the RCC uses to support many claims not found in the Bible doesn’t support The Assumption of Mary.

MARY MOTHER OF GOD

The image of Mary as Mother of God is directly related to the first official Marian dogma defined by the Church: Mary’s status as Mother of God. But Christianity teaches that God is eternal and that Jesus Christ has a pre-existent, divine nature. The idea that Mary is the mother of God in the sense that she was the source of God or somehow predated God or is herself part of the Godhead is patently unbiblical.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that

Jesus was “called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus”.

The apostles and earliest church fathers knew this, and saw Mary as the Mother of Jesus in his humanity, not his divine nature. Sometime in the fourth century man started using the term Mother of God to refer to Mary. The RCC argues since Jesus is God that makes Mary “the mother of God”. It clearly is not the same. The term is misleading at best, and intentionally deceptive at worst.

CO-REDEEMER/MEDIATRIX/ADVOCATE

RCC Cardinals and Bishops worldwide have petitioned the Pope to declare a fifth Marian dogma, proclaiming Mary as Mother of humanity, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate for the human race.

This is the most egregious claim made by the RCC; Mary as co-redeemer, mediatrix, and advocate; terms used in the Bible as referring only to God.

I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another. Isaiah 42:9

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2: 5-7.

As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 47:4

But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 1 John 2:1

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

The RCC assigns titles to Mary that the Bible reserves for God.. This is an example where the RCC outright contradicts the clear words of the Bible.

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